20
Feb
glass

Until now, the visual interface of Google's Project Glass has basically been a mystery. And since Glass was announced, there has been one, basic question asked by nearly everyone regarding the project: How's it work?

Well, today Google posted a video montage of Project Glass in action, complete with an apparently functional user interface, and it is amazing. I'm not going to spoil it for you - just watch the clip.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Frank Fiorta

    Take my money NOW!

  • Christopher Saylor

    Well damn...

    As a mumbler, I'm not quite sold on the whole "we built the entire system on voice recognition"

    ...but damn that looks sweet.

    • WestIndiesKING

      lol a bigger concern for you is solving that mumbling problem

      • Christopher Saylor

        I do not dispute this.

    • squiddy20

      It seemed during the last 20 or so seconds that parts of it were gesture controlled.
      During the jellyfish example, after the query, a down arrow popped up at the bottom and when the kid touched that virtual area, it brought up the info. Same with the last air balloon sequence where the guy got a text from his girlfriend/wife, made a pinch motion over the virtual area - which took a picture, and then scrolled through 2 contacts to send it to the woman.
      There's hope for you yet! :P

      • David Fulde

        Touch pad on the side IIRC

  • http://twitter.com/Bazar6 B Azar

    gimme gimme gimme

  • maxkobi

    im sorry to my wallet when these hit the streets...

  • Kevin Cox

    Not sure how I feel about talking out loud like that but I guess there wouldn't really be any other way to control it. Then again, I've never been one of the annoying people with a bluetooth headset either. Should be cool to try one out but I can't see spending a grand on something like that. And what happens when it catches on and everyone has it. The guy next you on the sidewalk tells his to take a picture and your glasses take a picture too? Or does it recognize your voice specifically after awhile? Still a lot of unanswered questions out there. I'm hoping it's as cool as it seems though.

    • http://tonybullard.com toekneebullard

      Considering it's using bone conduction for audio, I wonder if it can compare the sounds it hears to the sounds it feels, so if someone says "OK Glass, take a photo" but doesn't "feel" the vibrations of that through the bone conduction, then it doesn't allow it as a command. Just an idea.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Simple solution: like with actual voice recognition software, you'll certainly be able to customize the command.
      And what about the touchpad?

    • xsirxx

      You would think it would be able to use hand gestures to control it. On the other hand people waving their hands around smacking other people or lookling like they are conducting an orchestra would probably be worse.

  • Mike Larrabee

    Ah, I can see the creep factor going to 11 when ppl start hearing "glass, take a picture" all the time.

    • Anil Ganatra

      Hopefully we can control glass with our android phones...this way we can take loads of cool pictures.. discretely ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

      I think there's a button (not sure, just speculation)

  • http://twitter.com/ericcamil Eric Camil Jr

    Hopefully they produce enough of these or take very early pre-orders for the release. I can't wait to try these though, I am very curious how they will work or fit over those of us who wear glasses already.

    • EH101

      There's no reason to believe these can't be sold with prescription lenses installed, but that would probably cost a bit more for glasses wearers.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Yeah, they're going to sell a few of these.

  • CuriousCursor

    Goosebumps. I feel lucky being alive to see this.

    • letsplaaay

      I agree! I'm happy to be in a generation to witness the rise of smartphones and all the things yet to come. I'm especially eager to possibly witness singularity.

      • Michael Lee

        In a way, it's amazing. In another, a bit scary. But I'm all for it at this stage. It's what follows after it that's a bit scary.

  • gr3y

    At least all the Instagram selfportraits in front of the bathroom mirror will now look less silly.

    • wheineman

      Will they though?

    • squiddy20

      Now instead of one hand, you'll be able to make the peace sign with both hands and be wearing some funky glasses to boot! Alright!

    • gspida

      I think google glass would look hot on a naked chick

      • Michael Lee

        . . .

  • DennisHeffernan

    MUST HAZ NAO.

  • gardobus

    Ok glass, show me pictures of boobies.

    • NexusKoolaid

      You don't need Google Glass for that...

      http://tinyurl.com/a7hwnao

      • gardobus

        Hotness

      • squiddy20

        Well played sir, well played.

  • Tiffany Sears

    Damn, they've got me. So, how much, Google?

    • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

      1 billion dollars (Dr. Evil accent)

    • Andrew

      $1500 for the beta (if you get accepted)

  • oneeyejack

    what happens if someone walks by and yells a command?

    • Sorian

      I would hope that they would have noise canalization/reduction to limit the chance of that happening. May use the same tech behind the jawbone mic touching jaw based on one of the pics from http://www.google.com/glass/st... Scroll down to strong and light, there is a dot on the part that is sitting next to what looks like microUSB port that might be the mic.

  • http://twitter.com/futuremonkey Pope Ron Polyp II

    I'm assuming you can customize the wakeup command, so instead of saying "OK Glass", you could program it to respond to "JARVIS" and pretend you're Tony Stark.

    • ddpacino

      Let us hope...

    • Joe

      YES. THIS ^^^

    • epsiblivion

      what happens when a bunch of people do this and are in the same vicinity? all hell breaks loose? or they better work on voice recognition

      • Sorian

        I would hope that they would have noise canalization/reduction to limit the chance of that happening. May use the same tech behind the jawbone mic touching jaw based on one of the pics from http://www.google.com/glass/start/what-it-does/ Scroll down to strong and light, there is a dot on the part that is sitting next to what looks like microUSB port that might be the mic.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        thats a good point ^^ maybe it uses in ear bone conduction?

  • http://twitter.com/steelthomas Stephen Thomas

    Strange Days indeed.

  • Dimitri Smith

    yeah... this will never come out.

  • Loren Cogar

    Amazeballs!!

  • EH101

    What needs to be remembered is the perspective we are given is that of the Glass' integrated camera with the ui overlaid on top of the video. This is why the gestures seemed off towards the end of the video. The gestures were likely touching just the frame of the Glass housing. I can see there being multiple types of gestures so that Glass can be used in environments where speaking aloud would be inappropriate or inconvenient.

  • leo Finn

    Sooner or later it will probably track eye movement for gestures.

  • GaGa

    I can see this have huge potential for Porn industry xD

    • jammer

      This brings a whole new meaning to imagine the audience isn't wearing any clothes...

    • FrillArtist

      Why would the porn industry want to use a 2 or 5 megapixel wearable camera when they already use full 20 megapixel cameras?

      • Steez

        I dont think he meant for the camera-man...

        • FrillArtist

          I know that. Porn companies already use POV cameras with higher resolutions so why would they spend thousands of dollars on a far lower resolution camera?

          • Steez

            was thinking more for the end-user ;)

          • FrillArtist

            Ahhhhh, I get your point now. Well, in that case....lol.

  • http://twitter.com/FaMiCuS FaMiCuS

    Shut up and take my money!!!!

    • JLM

      Why do they call it the eyeeeeeeee...... Oh.

  • Carson Kerr

    I want this so bad.

  • oesjmr

    I can't wait to get a pair as soon as they're available at a more affordable price, probably a couple years down the road.

  • Mike Loomis

    Don't let your expectations get too high. This is a slick commercial, after all. And we all know how accurate those are to the real experience, right Apple? I wonder how fast you can actually take a photo and share it. It probably takes as long as that whole commercial. But boy do I hope I'm wrong!

  • Asphyx

    Ok Glass your a voice activated camera....What else? LOL

    I will definitly get this at some point but but I could not justify the pricetag to get notifications and taking pictures/video. I understand the Voice command aspect it makes total sense but we will all look as silly talking to glass as we would a wall! LOL
    But I would still prefer this to be a BT accessory to my phone or Tab and use them as the CPU and controller for this device. I bet if they managed that the price would go way down and make this affordable as well.

    • Sorian

      Right now the developers for Glass are not there till Google releases it.

      I can see using this with navigation while on a motorcycle, bicycle, and the location you are going to isn't marked by signs (bike trails).

      Now that GoPro and Contour have added wifi and/or bluetooth to their respective products, I can see someone making an app to use as a remote camera with Glass (rear view camera).

  • hniu

    I like it, but was hoping for a semi-transparent full screen overlay or at least something bigger then small rectangle in the corner. Imagine augmented reality games with this thing!

    • Sorian

      All in due time. Right now it is more a proof of concept stage.

  • Constantine Smith

    I am pretty sure that this is all real video and not what if stuff. Remember a couple months back they had models at an actual fashion show wearing the glasses. I wouldn't be schocked if this is what Glass looks like right now and that's before all the developers started playing around.. High hopes

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653571802 Debadatta Bose

    Too cool man, too cool.

  • crane476

    Shut up and take my money!

  • numpty

    Fine, but when are they going to address the fact that glasses are the single most annoying accessory to wear and look after, and that to be anywhere near comfortable, glasses tend to have to be made-to-measure?

    • Freak4Dell

      Not sure where you're getting your glasses, but I've been wearing them for 15 years now, and I've never gotten mine made-to-measure. I've gotten the appropriate lenses made, of course, but never the frames. Granted, I do go and pick my glasses from a large array of frames, so obviously I pick something that's not uncomfortable. However, that's still not made-to-measure. You eventually just stop feeling them, just like you stop feeling your clothes. They're also not a chore to look after if you're not a complete idiot. Put them on in the morning, and take them off when you go to bed...simple as that. I clean mine every once in a while, but that wouldn't be necessary with Glass, because they're not actual glasses. With these, you might have to put them on a charger.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    If the size of it shrinks to an unnoticeable size, schools better start thinking about turning all exam into open book format.

    • Sorian

      Right now it is noticeable and cost preventative for a normal high schooler to have one, but yes one day that might be an issue.

  • bakshi41c

    You can apply for one: Its US Only :(
    http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/

    • Sorian

      If you have a spare $1500....

      ...Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

  • g3q4

    Are you guys serious... this is a cool toy, but seems like its another one of those gadgets people would buy cause its cool and new and seems like it'll be all that great and useful, and in a couple weeks, it'll be in the pile of all the other gadgets that rarely get used lol. This seems more like what would be the next step in a GoPro HD Hero camera. GLASS = GoPro Hero X
    :D

    • GraveUypo

      more like the next step for Go Lame Peasant.
      go pro is awesome because it's tough, waterproof, dustproof, because of all the different mounts and shit. this doesn't have any of that.

  • flosserelli

    The deafening silence at the end is a collective gasp and shart from all the Apple fan boys and stockholders watching the video.

  • Matthew Fry

    Shaky first person videos are coming.

  • Ryan Hightower

    Where can I throw my money to get this?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Read my mind of GTFO.

  • Bleakvision

    Eh, guys, wearable cameras have been around for a while now. I wouldn't be too surprised when it turns out some (if not all) of the above videos have been shot with one - Nokia style:)

    They can hype it all they want, all they got is vaporware.

  • Temper

    It looks more social and less helpful than I imagined. The HUD has a ways to go before I'm sold. And I can't think of many people that will want to see through my eyes...ever.

    • Bleakvision

      Facebook bragger types, who have to try every trend sport or attend every event will love this though.
      For me personally there is no killer feature here.

  • hasan

    Real innovation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

    This is what "Google Now" should be. It´s cool but, why so expensive? it doesn't worth the price.

  • PINJ

    Kanye West Will Get It.

  • Paul

    That ought to be every geeks dream. But.. how to use that if you're already wearing glasses, and are not able to use contact lenses?
    Google would need to work together with optician stores to get it out to those people, too.

    • s427

      I think it's possible to put them above regular glasses. At least you see people wearing Google Glass with regular glasses in other Google Glass videos.

  • Lou

    I will take 4

    Also make ingress compatible with these!

  • Scott Standish-Parkin

    must....have...now....