Google’s (GOOG) Project Glass is exciting. Whether or not the idea of connected eyewear with an integrated transparent display that falls into the wearer’s line of vision appeals to you, the simple fact that a giant like Google is working on a project like this out in the open is intriguing. Project Glass is also going to be pricey, however. CNET claims to have confirmed that the device will launch sometime this year for “less than $1,500.” We don’t know how much less at this point, but the simple fact that the $1,500 developer edition price-point is being cited by CNET’s unnamed source suggests we’re likely looking at a hefty price tag.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Google (GOOG) Project Glass shown off on video, but the company released a demo on Wednesday that sheds new light on its upcoming connected eyewear. Google first unveiled Project Glass last year and while we still don’t know exactly where the company plans to take its heads-up glasses, the possibilities continue to pique our interest. On Wednesday, Google announced that it is expanding its Project Glass beta beyond developers, allowing anyone to “be a part of shaping the future of Glass.” Instructions on how to apply for the Project Glass beta can be found on the project’s dedicated website linked below, and a video showing what it’s like to see the world through the current Project Glass UI follows below. More →
We all know that Google’s (GOOG) Project Glass will be capable of projecting images directly onto your eyeballs, but now it looks as though it could project images onto other surfaces as well. Engadget has found a Google patent filing showing that the company is working on technology for Glass that “would use a tiny laser projector mounted on the arm of the spectacles to beam out QWERTY and other buttons” onto other surfaces. A built-in camera within the glasses would then record what you type on the projected images, thus giving users the ability to tap out notes on their arms, walls and other nearby locations. While this obviously sounds like an extremely cool feature, we wouldn’t get too worked up about it appearing on Google Glass when it launches, since Google admits that it’s still trying to figure out the best way for users to interact with its cutting-edge visor.
Google’s (GOOG) augmented-reality visor, currently dubbed “Glass,” is a very intriguing piece of experimental technology that has tons of cool-looking features. However, Glass does have one fatal flaw that could hinder its ability to revolutionize the tech world: It makes most people who wear it look like abject dorks. 9to5Google reports that Google has been testing the limits of the visor’s unholy dork powers by having several professional models wear it on the runway during New York Fashion Week. The result: Google Glass can even make some of the most stylish and beautiful women on the planet look like nerds. Additional pictures of Glass-wearing models can be seen below.
Google unveiled the first iteration of its “Project Glass” connected eyewear this past April, and reports emerged soon after suggesting Google’s rivals were already working on similar solutions. According to a patent granted to Apple earlier this week, the company is among those toying with the idea of wearable displays. As noted by Apple Insider, patent No. 8,212,859 covers “peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays,” specifically mentioning see-through display technology that may find a home in some type of connected eyewear. The patent, which Apple first applied for in 2006, describes “methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus for a user.” It is unclear if Apple is actively developing any products that make use of the technology described in the ‘859 patent. More →
Falling squarely in the don’t try this at home category, Google on Wednesday took to the sky to demonstrate its Project Glass digital eyewear prototypes. Google’s connected glasses — which may already have the company’s rivals scrambling to launch similar products — merge eyewear and a smart device with a small display just above the user’s field of vision to create a wearable computer. And what better way to show off the device’s capabilities than to film a stunt crew skydiving? To put a nice cherry on top of Google’s demo, all video footage for the stunt was recorded on Project Glass eyewear. “The higher fidelity footage was recorded locally on the device whereas the hangouts were live streamed at a much lower resolution because of the challenges of networking a skydiver inflight” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said while discussing the stunt during Google I/O 2012. Google’s Project Glass demo video follows below. More →
Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently sat down with the Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom for an hour-long interview. Brin, as he has done in the past, wore the company’s Project Glass prototype, and even allowed Newsom to test them out. During the interview it is revealed that the device features a touch-sensitive trackpad that allows users to scroll through content. “Don’t touch the pad on the side,” he warned. When asked about a potential release, Brin states that he has “some hopes to maybe get it out sometime next year,” although he did caution “that’s still a little bit of a hope.” After talking about Project Glass, Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, discussed gene mapping for preventative healthcare, and the co-founder’s role with Google X. The full interview will be available this Friday, June 1st, on Current TV. A video snippet follows below. More →
Google recently wrapped up its Google+ Photographer’s Conference in San Francisco. During the event, a number of Google employees, including co-founder Sergey Brin, wore the company’s Project Glass prototype, and even a shared a video and a photo album of point-of-view images taken with the device. The augmented reality head-mounted display prototypes are being tested outside the walls of Google’s Mountain View campus as the company continues to refine the devices. Details surround the glasses are few and far between, and it is still unclear if Project Glass will ever hit the consumer market in its current form. Point-of-view images and a video taken with Project Glass prototypes follow below. More →
Google continues to tease its unique and futuristic “Project Glass” HUD glasses. The Internet giant recently made a short post on its Google+ page and shared an image taken with its Project Glass prototype. “We announced Project Glass in part to let our team start testing prototypes outside the office,” the company wrote. “Sebastian Thrun, one of our project leaders, tried one out last weekend and we just had to share the result.” Thrun’s image, as seen above, has gone viral and in less than 24 hours has been +1’d nearly 2,000 times and re-shared by nearly 1,000 individuals, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin. More →
Google unveiled “Project Glass” earlier this week, an undertaking that it hopes will bring eyewear equipped with heads-up display technology to the masses. The new glasses currently in development include an integrated transparent display that projects images and data in the wearer’s field of vision. HUD technology such as this could allow users to pair Google’s glasses with a smartphone and view data while the handset remains tucked away, or they could operate as a standalone product with an integrated chipset and embedded flash memory. The project has stirred up a healthy amount of intrigue within the media and among consumers, and Google’s competition has apparently taken note. More →
Oakley THUMP sunglasses not doing it for you? A rumored Google project based around the concept of a pair of glasses that can deliver real-time information on a heads-up display has gone public. In a Google+ post, the company is asking for feedback on their project to help shape what the end result will actually look like.
We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.
Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?
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