|Inside View on New Google Glass|
|Joanna Stern (@joannastern)||Feb 20, 2013, 1:40 PM|
Image credit: Google
Google has been showing off its glasses or its Project Glass for nearly a year now, but we haven't seen much about what it looks like when you put on the futuristic, Internet-connected glasses that show digital information right in front of your eyes, projected over the physical world. Until today that is.
Google has launched a new website and a series of videos which show off features of the glasses - or what it is now officially calling Glass. As you can see in the video below, the glasses can be controlled with your voice and then a small box appears in the right hand corner of the glasses showing the software.
For instance, you can tell Glass to record a video or search for photos of tigers. Even more impressive seems to be the navigation functionality. You can tell Glass where you want to go and it will show a 3D navigation view in the corner. The video also shows what happens when you get a message - it pops up with the photo of the person, again in the right corner.
The glasses, Google told ABC News last year, have smartphone parts - a processor and battery - in the left leg. On the front of the glasses, in the top left (or right depending on which way you view them) corner is a small camera and a glass-looking box, which is a tiny display. On the top of the glasses is a power button and a camera button. You control the screen's interface with the touchpad on the leg of the glasses.
With the new previews of the software and how it works, Google has also announced its plans to open up availability to real people. "We're looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass," Google writes on its Glass website. While Google has already started to test the glasses with software developers, they are now asking people to share on Google+ and Twitter their ideas of how they would use the glasses. Include the #ifihadglass hashtag and your idea in 50 words or less before Feb. 27 and Google might pick you. You can share them with Google on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass).
Those selected will need to pre-order the developer version of the Glasses - called the Glass Explorer Edition - for $1,500. Google has already begun showing off the glasses to developers in New York and San Francisco this month.