Google sheds light on Glass in new FAQ

A newly posted question-and-answer site answers a host of questions about Google's high-tech specs.

Google Glass.
Google Glass. Sarah Tew/CNET

Those of you still in the dark about Google Glass will find a host of details via a new online FAQ.

Posted Tuesday, the FAQ addresses a slew of questions apparently sent to Google by people curious about the eyeware. Divided into four sections, it first addresses such basic questions as what exactly is Glass, what does Glass do, and when will Glass be available to all consumers.

The second section dives into more details by explaining the look of the screen, the technical specs, the storage capacity, and the options for people who wear prescription glasses.

The third section discusses the sensitive topic of privacy, an item that has triggered fears among congressional leaders . Google has attempted to waylay such worries by saying that Glass users have control over the information they share with the company. The FAQ also explains how non-Glass wearers can tell if their picture is being taken by a Glass user. And Glass owners can find out what to do if their device is lost or stolen.

The final section delves into the area of software for Glass, as Google outlines its plans for third-party applications.

Google Glass has generated a lot of buzz, but clearly there's still some confusion and concern about the high-tech specs, especially in the area of privacy. The new FAQ is a step in the right direction if Google hopes to clear up some of the mystery.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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