Google Glass could be one of the most revolutionary products we’ve seen in a long time. Even though the product is still not available to consumers, it has been gaining an insane amount of publicity from both the geek audience and the average consumer. The company stopped accepting applications for its explorer edition of Glass last month, and recently wrapped up a contest on Google+ and Twitter, during which it gave more than 8,000 people the option to purchase the glasses for $1500. Given all the publicity Google is getting from this venture, it seems understandable that other companies would also want to enter the wearable computing field. One thing that Google may run into trouble with, however, is explaining how Glass works to the average consumer. Just how is the eye able to see that display on the lens of the glasses? How does it track your eyes? There are many questions, but this infographic should help answer some of those.
The above infographic was made by Cody, a member of the Google Glass Explorer program, and does a really good job at explaining the technology behind the project. The neatest information surrounds the display, though. It is actually a prism that the projector sends the image to. Your retina then focuses on the projected image. The angle of the projector and prism directs your image into your fovea, which is the portion of your retina with the most visual activity. The combination of the projector and prism is what allows Google to put an overlay over reality.
Of course, this brings us back to the common problem with selling Google Glass to consumers: What about people with Glasses? The inforgraphic says that while wearing glasses and Google Glass, the distance is greater between your eyes and the glass, giving a poor look and feel. It’s also much more expensive to produce glasses compatible Google Glass lenses.
Do you think Google will be able to successfully solve the issue of wearing glasses with Google Glass? It needs to if it intends on glass having widespread success with consumers. Let us know what you think of Glass in the comments!