Definitions of Glass, Smart Glass and Smart Glasses

We write about many different types of glass here on Glass App Source. While a majority of you usually know what we are talking about when we are referring to something. There have been a few cases of confusion about the definitions of certain types of glass. In an attempt to clear up this confusion, we are going to go over the definitions of the common types of glass we talk about here on Glass App Source.


Glass (Noun)

1. Glass is a hard, brittle substance made from fusing sand with other ingredients. The sand is fused and then rapidly cooled to create a transparent or translucent substance which is used to make windows, drinking containers, and other things.

Example: Jimmy broke his neighbor’s glass window while playing baseball.

2. Google Glass, a head-mounted display developed by Google, is often referred to as Glass. Google Glass is capable of doing most of the things that an ordinary smart phone can do. It can take pictures, record video, be used to check emails and messages, and can run apps.

Example: Jimmy loves using his pair of Glass to take pictures and to record short videos.

Note: Here at Glass App Source we never refer to Google Glass as Glass because we think that is confusing. When we are talking about Google Glass we will never say Glass. When we say the word glass, a majority of the time, we are talking about the glass that is used to make drinking containers, windows, etc.

Smart Glass (Noun)

Smart Glass, also referred to as switchable glass, is glass that uses different technologies, like electrochromic, photochromic, thermochromic, suspended particle, micro-blind and liquid crystal devices, to provide users with the ability to control the transparency of the glass. When smart glass comes in contact with electricity, light or heat, the smart glass changes from transparent to translucent, blocking out light.

Most smart glass is controlled by a small switch that allows a current to flow when used and applies electricity to the technology inside of the glass. With that being said, there are also automatic solutions that go from transparent to translucent based on the heat it detects, and the time of day.

Example: Jimmy was amazed when his friend showed him that his smart glass windows could change from clear to translucent at a flick of a switch.

Smart Glasses (Noun)

Smart glasses are very different from smart glass. Smart glasses are head-mounted wearable displays that overlay information over the wearers view. Smart glasses are capable of doing a lot of the things that ordinary smart phones can do.

Smart glasses are basically computers with sensors and a display that users can wear like a normal pair of glasses. Also, they usually look like normal glasses. Features are different among different pairs of smart glasses, but most of the popular smart glasses (Ex: Google Glass) are able to take pictures, capture video, receive emails, receive messages, send emails, send messages, and run applications.

Example: Jimmy loves his smart glasses because he can check his emails and take pictures without even reaching into his pocket to grab his phone.


Hopefully the definitions above help clear up some things. We use the words above a lot, and like I said, some people get confused about what the words mean. So, yeah. If you enjoyed this post, then feel free to plus one it or share it!