Google has talked often about Project Glass, its Internet-connected eyeglasses that offer features similar to a smartphone. But what's it like to wear a pair?
The Internet search giant has launched a new website for Glass, including a fascinating video shot from the perspective of a user wearing the glasses.
The video shows users giving vocal commands by saying "OK Glass," followed by "record video" or "take a picture." You can also check out weather reports, get GPS directions and perform Web searches, all of which appear in a small display in the upper-right corner.
The company is also hosting a contest that will allow a few potential early buyers to try out Google Glass for themselves by sharing how they would use the device. The wearable gadget's website has full details on how to participate. If chosen, winners must pre-order the Glass Explorer Edition for $1,500.
You can apply at www.google.com/glass.
Winners will receive the "Explorer" version of Google Glass, a forerunner of the product that is expected to be released to the mass market next year. Google already sold an unspecified number of the glasses to computer programmers who also paid $1,500 apiece at a company conference last June.
To gauge how people might use its glasses, Google is encouraging entrants in its contest to include up to five photos and 15 seconds of video with their applications. The company doesn't want to see any nudity or violence. "Basically, don't add anything you wouldn't be OK with your mom seeing," Google advised.
Google Glass is at the forefront of a new wave of technology known as "wearable computing."
When he demonstrated the glasses at last June's company conference, Google co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged that the company was still working out bugs and trying to figure out how to extend the product's battery life. Brin has been overseeing the work on Google Glass, which the company first began developing in 2010 as part of a secretive company division now known as Google X.
Now that Google Glass is no longer a secret, Brin is often seen wearing the product in public. He sported a pair Wednesday at an event announcing the creation of a $3 million annual prize for outstanding achievements in medicine and biology.
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