Google Glass with frames

Google Glass review: What it's like to wear and how it works

Google Glass fits snugly on your forehead by means of a thin metal band that wraps around above your eyebrows and tucks in behind your ears; two curved pieces of metal tips with plastic nibs fit this band snugly onto your nose. Along the right-hand side of Glass is a rectangular strip of plastic that curves above your right right-eye. In front of your right-eye is a prism projector that displays a small screen. 

When you look forwards you don't see the Glass device at all. But activate Glass (either by tapping on the side or tilting your head back) and you can see the display by looking upwards. It appears in the centre of your vision, and we found the Glass display to be reasonably clear but seethrough. Despite being in front of the right-eye, we found it appeared to be in front of both eyes (like looking at a television screen displayed on the wall). It took a small amount of time to get used to the weirdness of seeing a virtual screen, but within half an hour we were used to the Google Glass screen.

Glass feels impossibly light: the bare device (without the new clip-on frames) weighs in at just 36 grams (about the same weight category as a regular pair of glasses). We found it comfortable to wear to the point of quickly forgetting Glass is on our head. It also feels sturdy: Google introduced Glass with a skydiving stunt, and Glass stays in place during extreme activity.

We found it fine to use Google Glass when on foot, and cycling. It wasn't distracting at all, and the bonus of being able to capture photos and videos hands-free allows us to interact with the day's events in a way that wouldn't be possible with a camera or smartphone. We also love the natural nature of the shots we get, when you remove the physical device you snap people acting naturally, there is no “say cheese” moment with Google Glass photography.

Google Glass driving

Perhaps the only time we found Glass to be distracting was when using Directions when driving. Instead of displaying the route constantly, Glass pings every time you approach a junction, and the display fires up (a battery-saving measure) showing you where to go. We have concerns about using the Touchpad while driving, though. The status of Glass is somewhat unclear, it is theoretically illegal under the 1988 Road Traffic Act (which bars mobile phone use) but the Department For Transport is having talks with Google at how to make the device safer. For now, we'll avoid using it while driving.

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