Google’s Explorer project aimed for developers to test drive the Glass and to come up with apps for the device. Since Facebook is such an ubiquitous part of our lives, it was only a matter of time before an app for the social networking site was developed. Now, third party app Glass To Facebook allows users to post to Facebook those special moments that were captured with Glass.
The app is identical to another third-party app, the GlassTweet. However, you need to give Facebook the go-signal before you can post photos to your timeline. The step-by-step instructions to using the app are very simple. Users just have to log-in to their account from the Glass to Facebook app page and then authorize Sharing Contacts via MyGlass. After that, lucky Glass owners can take a photograph with Glass and share it via the app which would automatically send it to the user’s Facebook timeline and save it on a specifically designated Glass album. But bear in mind that this isn’t an official Facebook app.
Unfortunately, most of us won’t have access to this app unless we were among the lucky 1,500 Explorers who have the developer model of the Glass. But it’s nice to know that when the time does come and we can get our hands on the Glass, Facebook is already there with us.
Google recently started its Explorer project where it sent Google Glasses to several thousand lucky explorers to test-drive the product. One such explorer is famous hacker Jay Freeman, known in certain circles as Saurik. It came as no surprise to some when Freeman was able to jailbreak the Glass in a short period of time. The hacker posted his achievement on Twitter and wrote about it on his blog.
According to Freeman, he rooted the Glass to show how easily and maliciously people can take advantage of the product. In his blog, Freeman explained how to install software that would enable to jailbreak the Glass. It can then be used to watch everything the user sees as well as everything the user does and hears. He also underlined the fact that the lack of a PIN that locks the device makes it so easy for hackers to get into an individual’s personal information. Aside from that, they can even leave software that would allow them to remote access the Glass, giving them control over the camera and mic.
It goes without saying that this is worrisome from a security point of view and Google has fired a response to Freeman’s findings. The company said that the Google Glass is a work in progress and that this isn’t the device that will hit the market. Google also pointed out that the purpose of giving it to certain developers is so that they can work around it, develop apps for it and even hack it.
While the Google Glass headset does some cool stuff, it still needs to interface with a traditional smartphone to do things like navigation, and text messaging. Until now, the optical wonder would only pair for these functions with an Android smartphone running the Glass companion app.
This will change very soon, however, one of the Google representatives in its New York office told me when I picked up my own unit yesterday afternoon. Glass, the Google employee told me, will soon be able to handle these features independent of the device the user has paired it to (and maybe even independent of the Glass companion app).
Glass will currently interface with any iPhone over Bluetooth, or use any Wi-Fi connection to get online. However, iPhone users are currently unable to get turn-by-turn directions through Glass, which is arguably one of the most useful features for the headset.
Ideally, enabling Glass to work with the iPhone will lead to the ability to access navigation feature on the phone. It’s not known if this could be accomplished via the built-in Apple Maps app for navigation, or if the iPhone will need to have Google’s own Google Maps app installed.
Google Glass remains a pricey gadget, $ 1,500 a pair being the going rate. The Google Glass official tech specs page states the Glass Explorer editions feature a five-megapixel camera with 720p video capture and sixteen gigabytes of storage, 12GB of which is usable.
Several months ago, Google asked people to share their plans if they had the Google Glass. From those answers, the company chose several thousand “Explorers” who’ll get to try on the Glass. Now that Google Glass is several months away from hitting the market, these Explorers have had their time to check out the product and hands-on reviews have already started to come in. But for those who weren’t lucky enough to be an Explorer, Google has come up with a short how-to video on how the Glass works.
In a nutshell, the Google Glass is comprised of a miniature computer, a camera, a wireless link and a battery. The device looks like a skewed eyeglass that doesn’t have glasses. It has a tiny display screen that can be activated via voice or finger gestures. The display screen can be adjusted manually just like a rear-view mirror and the Glass’ touchpad is the piece that runs from the temple to the ear. Activating it just requires a touch and once the wearer sees the display screen, he or she can swipe the touch pad to access different cards like one that shows the time, the weather, your personal calendar and so on. To get more information, one simply taps the touch pad. For those who don’t feel like tapping the touch-sensitive temple piece, they can tilt their head up to activate the screen and speak aloud the commands or instructions on the glass.
People wearing the Google Glass can take photos or shoot videos which they can immediately broadcast. However, the fact still remains that the Glass gives no indication whether or not the camera is active and recording so the security concerns remain.
Google Glass has been making news for the right reasons since its annoncement. The last news popped when the first Google Glass sets were shipped to the developers. Since then, there have been so many speculations and rumors regarding the features of this smartphone. …