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Technology Google Glass now in UK with pounds 1,000 price tag

June 24, 2014

Google Glass smartglasses are finally available in the UK for pounds 1,000, two years after they were extravagantly launched by skydivers in the US.

The smartglasses have been praised as the evolution of wearable computing. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has called them a way to "free your eyes" and described smartphones as "emasculating". But they have been the object of privacy objections, ridicule and even muggings in the US.

The devices are now available for purchase by anyone over 18 years of age and with a UK credit card and address.

Google Glass consists of a pair of glasses with a small prism-based translucent screen mounted above the right eye. It can take pictures or video from a front-facing camera controlled by a voice command or a swipe on the right-hand armature. It is designed to display at-a-glance information on its screen, which is visible only to the user. It runs a variant of Google's Android mobile software and relies on a smartphone for its data connectivity.

Google says it offers about a day's battery life or 45 minutes of continuous video recording. Samuel Gibbs

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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