The hype surrounding the concept of Google's much-talked-about Project Glass may have hit its first peak during last year's Google I/O conference when stuntmen jumped out of a plane wearing the device, but the demonstration left many people wanting an explanation of what else Glass can do besides first-person photo/video recording.

Since then, we've seen a few admittedly awesome videos, including a DVF fashion show through glass, and more recently the brilliantly-executed "How It Feels" which went a bit further toward showing real-world use, but at SXSW today, attendees were given what might be the most informative (and exciting) demo we've seen yet.

At a Glass developer panel, Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan showed off Glass' capabilities with a live feed of the device on a big screen for all to see. Besides the simple "ok glass" home screen, Jordan explained touch gestures (down to dismiss/go back, left/right to scroll back and forth through past – timeline –  actions or to access Now cards), sharing media, and Glass' bone conduction audio, which delivered audio, in Jordan's words, "just for me." Jordan also glossed over the fact that Glass accepts head gestures, meaning the futuristic glasses can recognize at least three user inputs: touch, gesture, and voice.

Update: Another 3-minute video, this one showing receiving and replying to emails, voice dictation mode, and Skitch integration:

During the panel, several apps were also demoed on Glass. Among them were Gmail, Evernote, The New York Times, and Path. Gmail works as you'd expect, showing brief notifications of new messages (which can be limited to "important" emails), and allowing for voice-input replies. Evernote will allow users to share photos directly to Skitch, and The New York Times will give you hourly updates on important news with photos and headlines, reading the story to you aloud if you so choose. Finally, Path will deliver friends' photos, allowing for simple emoticon or voice-input replies.


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What's more, Google's Glass-centric Mirror API got some acknowledgment. Once it is released, said the panel, developers will be able to create their own "timeline cards," using HTML and various media to deliver content to users, so long as they stay true to four main tenets of Glass development: design for glass, don't get in the way, keep it timely, and avoid the unexpected.

Frankly, the information revealed at the SXSW panel is the most exciting I've seen regarding Glass until now, and as we race toward Glass' alleged pre-2014 consumer release, things promise to get even more interesting.

Thanks, Ron!

via The Verge

Liam Spradlin
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  • Tiffany Sears

    I cannot believe how much I want one. Dam*it

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    I don't know, at first glance it seemed a little... Complicated. Too many gestures, too much swiping...

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I actually kind of thought the opposite. Down = back/dismiss, left/right = scroll through timeline cards, tap to choose. I have trouble imagining how they could cut that even further.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Hmm... That's right... Yeah, I watched the video again to be sure. Things are starting to make sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.boulet.90 Richard Boulet

    I would love a set of these, and I can actually see these being extremely useful for my job (specifically as a translator and Google search). However as no price for the general public has been released we'll have to wait and see how that goes.

    • Zaatour36


      • Steven DeFreitas

        That is for developers. The consumer price will be much cheaper. I feel like people still don't get this no matter how many times its been repeated.

        • Zaatour36

          I did not know about that, then now I'm more optimistic about it than before.

          thanks for the info Steven DeFreitas

  • GazaIan

    Any more videos?

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

      Updated the post with a 2nd video.

  • fixxmyhead

    Meh I'm still not sold on these

  • http://twitter.com/MysteryMannnnn Mystery Man

    Watch out, we got a badass over here.

  • Oscar

    This just doesn't seem interesting to me, I still much rather use my Nexus 4 for all this shit. The only good thing about Glass is first person recording.

  • GraveUypo

    i have no reason to want one of these, and yet... i don't want one of these. there's no reason. i would literally have no use for this.

  • jimmysmalia

    I am not buying until they intergrade all these and much much more in a contact lense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Trolio/100000881653390 Josh Trolio

      Yeah, they will just install the battery behind your eye socket next to your brain and have a micro USB port for charging behind your ear. /s

      • jimmysmalia

        Ha Ha.. I thought in the future the body electric charge will be enough to run it. I also think that the internal memory will be connected directly with our brains RAM which should be enough space if I consider the load of trush I can remember of.

  • EJ

    Microsoft will come out with a built in kinect camera, that will let users use hand gestures to swipe in front of them just like the xbox360... and apple will try to patent the idea first

  • Bleakvision

    Have they solved browsing, opening links and entering passwords yet?

    • PhilNelwyn

      I don't think it's made for that...
      Glass is not meant to do all the things a smartphone can do, it's more like a smart watch.

  • kay

    so many idiots taking pictures with tablets...

  • tanjiajun34

    Too laggy experience to me :/

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Keep in mind we are looking at software/functionality that is VERY pre-release. Things aren't quite finished yet.

    • David Meckes

      In one of the videos he says that there is no lag on the device its self, and that there is lag which comes from how they "hacked" it to display live up on the large screen.

  • Davy Jones

    I hope the software here gets released as an app. This would make a good hands-free mode on a phone.

  • Apekaas

    I wonder how they are gonna counter random people spamming you with "okay glass" commands when they see you with one of these.

  • Sootie

    What a bleak and horrible future we live in!!! you mean present, ahh yeah right present...