Wearable Tech World Feature Article
February 20, 2013

Google's New Video Takes You through the Looking Glass

When Google announced Project Glass last year, people started to get excited about wearable technology. They speculated on what features the connected glasses would boast and how they would change our lives. But for most, it was hard to imagine what it would look like to wear a pair of these high-tech frames in our everyday lives. Now, thanks to a new video from Google, you can get an idea as to what life is like through Google-colored glasses.

In the video below, we can see the heads up display in the upper right hand corner of the screen. That shows us the applications that the glasses can access. It also shows us the voice commands required to access the applications, starting with the phrase “Ok, Glass,” which apparently activates the device, like speaking to the computer on the bridge of the Enterprise (no word on if Majel Barrett will perform the voice of the glasses.

The video shows people accessing a number of applications. The subjects take photos and videos, access social media, and “hang out” with friends on a video chat. They are also seen accessing Wikipedia, flight information, and weather and map applications. Basically, most of the handy features that are available on your smartphone are present, but you don’t have to use your hands or even look away from the fascinating things you are doing (in the video, people are sky diving and ice carving. They lead far more interesting lives than I do!)

Based on the video, it looks like an easy-to-use system, providing information without being too distracting. It remains to be seen what the glasses feel like when laypeople start trying them out, and it will be interesting to see what competitors come up with to differentiate themselves from this product in the new field of wearable technology. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go hang gliding with my new Google Glasses…

Edited by Carlos Olivera

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