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Can Google Glass help you see your destination more clearly?

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Dutch Prince Pieter Christiaan wears Google Glass eyewear during a walking tour last month in Amstelveen, Netherlands. Google hopes its creation will help travelers navigate unfamiliar territory.
(Freek Van Den Berg/ European Pressphoto Agency)

Curious about whether you want to travel wearing a computer on your face? Google thinks you will once you see the mobility Google Glass offers.

I visited Glass Basecamp in Venice to see how Google Glass works and how Glass travel apps such as Field Trip and Word Lens, a foreign translation app, can help travelers explore destinations.

Glass is made with a sturdy titanium that is designed to be adjustable to every face like eyeglasses. After the Glass frame is properly adjusted, you see the device’s display at the top of your field of vision. 

A built-in camera takes five-megapixel stills and shoots 720p videos with a tap on its touchpad or by voice command. Images can be shared on social media with a data connection.

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YouTube Glass Explorer videos show the device in action with Chef Roy Choi creating recipes and WWF Explorer Sabita Malla helping to monitor rhinos rhinos in Nepal.

Although Glass can work with most Bluetooth phones, Google recommends using it with iPhones or Android phones.

You can make appointments to visit Glass Basecamps in Venice, New York and San Francisco to check out Glass. 

Google Glass costs $1,500 but the price may come down when a “consumer” model is introduced. 

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Info:  Google Glass


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