A new video promo touting the internet-connected technology known as Google Glass posted on Wednesday shows the biggest advancement in personal computing in many years.
In the video introducing the unreleased product, people wore the glasses while skydiving, riding a rollercoaster, skiing, riding a horse, playing ping-pong and swinging on a trapeze. Google Glass features a tiny display screen attached to the rim above the right eye and run on Google’s Android operation system for mobile devices.
According to New York Times, Glass lets users take “pictures or record video without using their hands, send the images to friends or post them online, see walking directions, search the Web by voice command and view language translations” through speaking, touching the frame, or moving their heads. Glass access the internet through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth linked to wireless service on a user’s cellphone.
The glasses will handle most of the same tasks as smartphones, but respond to voice commands [Reuters]
Google's Project Glass is getting closer to reality for consumers. Here's a closer look at the augmented reality glasses.
Users can use Glass to start Google Hangouts.
For those wanting to purchase the Glass for $1,500, Google will select among the applicants, who have written “what they would do with the glasses” on a Google Plus or Twitter post with the hashtag #ifihadglass of no more than 50 words, according to the Times, and the winners will attend an even to pick the glasses in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.
Tom Royal, editor of Popular Science UK, told Al Jazeera, “It’s going to require a huge investment around the world to make these things work.” He said that customers should temper their expectations.
According to Al Jazeera, the California-based search engine giant said the mass-market version of Google Glass will cost less than $1,500 but more than a smart phone.
Google does not plan to launch this innovation to the mass market until 2014.