Google Offers "Glass Explorer" for Developers Only, Priced at $1,500
June 27, 2012 6:35 PM
comment(s) - last by
Augmented reality-cum-camera device is demoed in a flashy skydiving and rappelling stunt
Google I/O conference
keynote on Wednesday, Google Inc. (
) showed off its latest results of "Project Glass", which followed the
unveil of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
I. Meet Google Glass
In a flashy stunt, friends of Google co-founder Sergey Brin parachuted onto the roof of the Moscone Center wearing
to chronicle the descent in frightening fashion. Fortunately, they touched down safe and sound, making a grand on-stage entrance.
More Glasses wearing stuntpeople then went on a jump-laden ride across the roof, ending by rappelling down the roof. The whole event was broadcast live to the keynote audience via the Glasses, with multiple views.
Sergey Brin sums up, "That was awesome guys... that was pretty amazing!"
Skydiving to the ground [Image Source: YouTube]
Celebrations on the roof [Image Source: YouTube]
II. From the Lab to the Wild
The augment reality-cum-camera wearable gadgets hatched at
Google's secret Google X Laboratory
, two and a half years ago. Initially prototypes were bulky, but Google eventually shrunk them to fit within a stylish frame, which features a video camera, processor, storage, a microphone, sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, etc.), a radio (for transmission of content), and a touch panel for interaction.
Google Glasses: old (left), new (right) [Image Source: YouTube]
Google Glasses lead designer Isabelle Olsson (above right) presented the glasses in their more-stylish present-day form. The display for the glasses is slightly above your eye to be "close to your senses, but not blocking them", she says.
She adds, "Whether it's with family or with friends, we want to empower people to use technology naturally... So, we wanted to pack all this amazing technology into this product to let you do amazing things with it. But that's also a slight conflict, due to that if this is not ridiculously light it does not belong on your face. We didn't only want to make it physically light, but also visually light."
The latest prototype "weighs less on your nose than many sunglasses", Ms. Olsson says.
Google's ultimate goal, according to the engineering team, is to communicate via images and capture important moments in your life. Ms. Olsson says sharing will be "easy and seamless."
One reoccurring theme seemed to be taking pictures of one's baby -- so prepare yourself, Facebook users. Another possible use, Google suggests, is creating powerful visual tutorials via streams of pictures.
The other aim of Glasses is rapid access of information. The glasses can offer you navigation information and local details about your environment. For example a runner/biker could see their speed and a map of where they should turn. In one example, a user even "looked" at a mystery food item to find out what it was.
So want Glasses -- well you're out of luck for now. Google is offering them exclusively to I/O attendees for $1,500 USD. Pre-orders will be taken during the conference and the glasses will ship in early 2013 to U.S. destinations only.
[Image Source: YouTube]
Google plans to later expand the effort beyond the developers later, with a full consumer device, based on its learning experience from the dev version.
The only thing missing from the Google Glass presentation was the obvious unmentioned "alternative" use -- homemade sex tapes.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Birth control glasses
6/27/2012 6:58:34 PM
She certainly is much, much more appealing than Jonnie Ive!
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
Google Unveils Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean", Galaxy Nexus Price Slashed
June 27, 2012, 2:50 PM
Google's "Unsupervised" Self-Learning Neural Network Searches For Cat Pics
June 26, 2012, 2:30 PM
Report: Wearable Android Google Goggles Will Debut in 2012 for Under $600
February 22, 2012, 11:30 AM
iLate: CEO Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Will Ship in April
January 28, 2015, 3:03 PM
Amazon's Fire Sale on Fire Phone Steps up in UK w/ 1-Day Sale @ $150 Unlocked
January 28, 2015, 11:53 AM
Apple Sees Record Profit of $18 Billion, Sells 74.5 Million iPhones in Q1 FY2015
January 27, 2015, 6:01 PM
Apple Might Miss High-End of Analyst Estimates, Microsoft Earnings Hint
January 27, 2015, 3:14 PM
Microsoft Smartphone Sales Up 28 Percent as Lumia Budget Models Gain Ground
January 27, 2015, 8:30 AM
Quick Note: Special 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 Raises $128,000 for Charity
January 26, 2015, 4:14 PM
Most Popular Articles
Under the Hood: How DirectX 11.3 and 12 Will Supercharge Windows 10 Gaming
January 23, 2015, 12:34 PM
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Packs 640 hp Punch with 200 mph Reach
January 23, 2015, 3:25 PM
Microsoft Shows Off Latest Windows 10 Build, Preps it for Next Week Release
January 21, 2015, 2:57 PM
Google Fixes Homophobic "Bug" in its Translator
January 27, 2015, 2:31 PM
Will Google Become America's Fifth Major Carrier?
January 22, 2015, 12:42 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information