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October 2013, Volume 2, Number 9

First look: Google Glass and contextual computing

The first wave of BYOD featured employees carrying their own smartphones, tablets and laptops into the workplace. In the future, BYOD may be staring IT in the face -- literally. Google Glass, an Android-powered computer embedded in a pair of eyeglasses, is the most-talked-about device in the new wave of wearable technologies, which also include smartwatches. By taking in the sights and sounds around users, Google Glass aims to provide real-time, relevant information as people go about their lives. This approach, called contextual computing, carries significant promise, and it's why experts are already thinking of ways to put wearables to work in the enterprise. But Google Glass isn't even generally available yet, and mass adoption isn't a sure bet. For now, it's better to focus on the basics. How does Google Glass work? Like any modern device, it has a built-in microphone and camera, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. What's different is that instead of a traditional screen, it displays information right in front of users' ...

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