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Google Glass Can Use iPhone's Data Connection Via Bluetooth

The Verge's Joshua Topolsky has written a lengthy piece about his experiences using Google Glass, the company's new on-face computer.

Google Glass is a tiny computer that mounts to an eyeglass frame and has a small display that is visible only to the user. The wearable device has a built-in camera that sees what the wearer sees, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections. The glasses can handle many of the same tasks as smartphones, including giving driving directions, sending text messages, showing weather reports and more.

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Some potential purchasers were concerned that Glass would only be compatible with Google's Android smartphone operating system, but it appears the device will be able to tether to any smartphone via Bluetooth. Topolsky writes:
The device gets data through Wi-Fi on its own, or it can tether via Bluetooth to an Android device or iPhone and use its 3G or 4G data while out and about. There’s no cellular radio in Glass, but it does have a GPS chip.

Google hopes to put Glass on sale sometime before the end of the year for less than $1,500.

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15 months ago
Think whatever you want, at least google is innovating at the moment. Can't say the same about Apple.
Rating: 114 Positives
15 months ago

Just my opinion mind you but this is one of the dumbest products ever.


Your opinion is wrong.
Rating: 58 Positives
15 months ago
Just my opinion mind you but this is one of the dumbest products ever.
Rating: 52 Positives
15 months ago

Think whatever you want, at least google is innovating at the moment. Can't say the same about Apple.


"innovating" is easier when you are willing to throw anything at the wall and home something sticks.
Rating: 50 Positives
15 months ago

Your opinion is wrong.


An opinion cannot be wrong.
Rating: 41 Positives
15 months ago
Google is not innovating.

Rating: 36 Positives
15 months ago
I am definitely buying when this comes out at a cheaper price.
Rating: 30 Positives
15 months ago
It seems to me like google is just throwing everything they can think of against the wall and waiting to see what sticks. Let's look at this objectively:

[LIST]
[*]It performs basic mobile functions and nothing else
[*]You have to talk to it to make it work, which will be very annoying in public
[*]You have to wear a very unflattering pair of glasses
[*]It is outrageously expensive
[/LIST]

What, exactly, is the appeal of this device? Who is it for? Skydivers who don't want to buy one of those go cameras?
Rating: 29 Positives
15 months ago

It seems to me like google is just throwing everything they can think of against the wall and waiting to see what sticks. Let's look at this objectively:

[LIST]
[*]It performs basic mobile functions and nothing else
[*]You have to talk to it to make it work, which will be very annoying in public
[*]You have to wear a very unflattering pair of glasses
[*]It is outrageously expensive
[/LIST]

What, exactly, is the appeal of this device? Who is it for? Skydivers who don't want to buy one of those go cameras?


everything has to start out as something that looks like an "prototype" and will evolve over time but someone has to be willing to push it and thats what google is trying to do. Remember what the first smartphone looked like? kids in 10 years will laugh at todays capability of those glasses but it may be "amazing" and the norm by 2020. however if no ones gonna "innovate" something new, it doesnt even have a chance to evolve into something great
Rating: 20 Positives
15 months ago
I give Google tons of points here for trying something new, and I would certainly love to try one in some capacity

BUT....1500 is just too much for a novelty product of limited function.
Rating: 18 Positives

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