Google's official Glass YouTube channel released its first video today – a minute long introduction to Glass' most basic controls. The video is titled Glass How-to: Getting Started, which leads this writer to believe there may be more How-to's in the works.

Impressively well-produced and perfectly simple, the video discusses Glass' gestures – tapping, swiping forward, backward, and down, and gives a very digestible explanation of the device's time-based card interface. The video shows off a few possible Glass cards, but nothing we've not seen before – Google Now notifications for a flight and nearby places, a message, the clock home screen, and calendar items are all represented.

Really, there's not too much more to say, but the 1:08 clip is definitely worth viewing.

Source: YouTube

Liam Spradlin
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  • Kcls

    I'm so excited for this. I can't wait to see what kind of amazing apps people come up with.

    Speaking of which, how do you "get" apps on this thing? Google has alluded to a store, but I haven't seen/heard anything of the sort yet? Is it all sideloading homemade apk's for now?

    • John

      You can't make apps for this yet.

    • Zakaria Lambert

      I believe it will be the same play store they are currently using. You'll just have access the web version and install to Glass from there probably.

  • Jon Snow

    If they do prescription glasses I am totally in

    • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

      Thats actually the only way I can get behind these

      • Jon Snow

        Yeah, how many people who don't wear glasses will want these I wonder. I hope it is also international.

    • Anthony Carbonaro

      I'm in the Glass Explorer program from the #ifihadglass contest and I wear glasses, so I've been looking around for a good way to use them with preexisting frames. It looks like some of the community members are going to be 3d printing both frames that you can use prescription lenses with clips to attach Glass to the side of your existing frames.

    • Cody Dean
    • Jonathan Warden

      It's been my understanding that the 'unit' can be removed from that frame and clamped onto any wire-frame glasses.

      I reserve the right to be incorrect, at any time.

    • Matthew Fry

      I wonder if that is even possible. The little projector projects on to the lens so would the projected image be fuzzy or not? Or is it too close to matter for those with severe shortsightedness? Wouldn't they have to calibrate the projector on a per lens basis to to beam properly on to a curved lens like that? Sounds more complicated than just wearing contacts.

      edit: Apparently you can use prescription lenses. Interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/rhcp011235 John

    I can just imagine people driving around with these on. There will be accidents all over the place. Its just a useless piece of crap. I think google is trying to be like apple and make people buy whatever they sell. Good Luck.

    • Zakaria Lambert

      Yes because looking slightly up at a translucent screen is going to be SO much more dangerous than taking your eyes off the road completely to look at your phone.

      • http://twitter.com/rhcp011235 John

        People can barely talk on the phone or talk to the person in the next seat. without having issues. never mind some HUD mounted to your head.

        • ergu

          The whole point of a HUD is to make piloting easier. Heads *Up* (aka not down) Display...

          How could this possibly be harder than dealing with a phone you have to look down at, or a person you have to look sideways at?

      • http://twitter.com/rhcp011235 John

        The only good part. Google price point. A very small select few like myself can afford it. so it should be fine

        • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

          Nothing screams "I'm overcompensating for not having much money" quite like trying to convince random internet people that "you have more money than most." Heh...

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          "Google price point"? You do know that the Nexus 4 and 7 (if not the 10) are being sold almost at cost, right? The Nexus 4 off contract is about half the price of other flagship phones off contract.

          • andy_o

            Ha, for two seconds I was like, when did Google make this cheap, did I miss something?

          • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

            To be perfectly fair... I don't think what they're asking is insane (for the explorer kit) for the type of technology that is crammed in to Glass. It's never been done before, it's small, it's light... it's almost a complete smartphone on your face. But, this is just my opinion.

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

          You realize that this price point is only for the first-gen developer-edition of Glass, right? And the consumer version will very likely be cheaper, probably a lot cheaper.

        • Firehawkws7

          This from a guy who thinks having two cheap 1911's is bad ass. Get back to us when you pick up a Kimber, Mr. Moneybags.

        • jaduncan

          Your trolling game is quite weak.

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      Clearly this is more distracting that turning your head to look at a GPS, an MP3 player in the car, or the radio, or glancing DOWN at your phone. What a well thought out stance you have there. Pure genius I must say.

    • mgamerz

      Cause damn man those businesses that try to make people buy things they don't sell are just doing so well!

    • Firehawkws7

      If you're going to troll, at least know something about what you're trying to troll.

    • Jonathan Warden

      I hope everyone drives with these on. It's just as safe to glance at that little window as a spedometer or radio control, and it's a hell of a lot safer than jibbering away on your handset.

  • Monochrome

    Hm. I have more than 4 friends... alot of swyping for me then.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I can't say for sure, but I don't think it will toss every single contact in your list into the stack. In the same way it's supposed to pull up only "important" emails, it will probably select contacts you're most likely to share things with.

      • Angel Penabad

        The video just explains gestures, having tons of friends on G+ won't be a problem with voice searching.

        • mgamerz

          I have no friends on G+ since nobody I know uses it... and I'm a compsci student

        • andy_o

          Only if all your contacts have common English names, as with Now and voice dialing in general. I hope it finally comes with the ability to learn new words.

          • Angel Penabad

            Yeah I know, I'm from Spain and Google Now won't give much more than the weather. :S

  • Angel Penabad

    They really need to make that touchpad smaller. It can be awesome if you can integrate apps like runtastic or endomondo on them, and have music and track on your sight at the same time. No one will care about how it looks while running, so many people would buy them.

    • http://twitter.com/Ammonkapow Ammon Rhett

      Concerning the touchpad, it is that size because it is multitouch. For example, there is an option for a three finger tap that sends a bug report to the glass team.

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      Got to put the battery somewhere
      Edit: Never mind. Battery is behind the ear.

  • Freak4Dell

    Is it just me that thinks the timeline should have been in the opposite direction? Left for upcoming things and right for old things seems backwards. Even the swiping seems backwards...back to look at upcoming things, and forward to look at old things. That doesn't seem intuitive at all.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Given the direction of the cards, the swiping makes sense. Imagine if the cards were a wheel. But yes, they should in my opinion go the other way. Maybe it makes some sort of sense if you're actually wearing Glass.

      • ssj4Gogeta

        I guess that depends on the person.

      • Freak4Dell

        Yeah, that wasn't very clear in my comment. The swiping does make sense with the way the cards are oriented, but I think the cards and the swiping should both be switched to go the opposite way. Of course, somebody who is from a part of the world that reads right to left may feel differently.

    • LewisSD

      Exactly what I was thinking. The swiping does seem ok but the direction of the cards is backwards to me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tills13 Tyler Sebastian

    wait did they get rid od that batterypack piece behind the ear?

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      Nah, it's there. You see it behind the ear when she first puts them on.

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    this is going to revolutionize porn!!

    • sounder

      Glass is low res.

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        are you expecting that Glass will be perpetually low res !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they will never upgrade the res in Glass 2, Glass 3 or Glass 4 !!!!?????

        • Jonathan Warden


          • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

            Yap thats my style do you have any problem

          • Jonathan Warden

            Yes. I think you could have thrown in a few more exclamation marks. Maybe even an asterisk or two, if you're feeling edgy.

          • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

            @google-4ef9941db961be7ec0ebd7967de05cd2:disqus i'm so sorry i did not asking your permission before i posting my comment, next time before posting i will definitely asking your permission about what should i write and how should i write it , please forgive my sin :( :'(

  • Lou


    Give me the chance to pull the trigger to buy these and I will most certainly do so. There is far too much potential in these that I do not want to miss being on the forefront of! Hell I would be willing to sell off some of my collectables to get my hands on these!

  • http://twitter.com/strangerdroid StrangerDroid Blog

    You know how it works, how to develop... you just dont have one :)