Until today, I was a skeptic of Google’s Glass project. But now, after watching this video, which depicts Google Glass’ abilities, I’m a convert – price aside of course.
So what can you do with Google’s Glass and why would you want a pair? We already knew that you could record video and pictures thanks to a built-in camera. Now, after watching the video – I’m sure you’ll agree – the experience looks very compelling as you can simply state out loud what you want the headset to do. These features include capturing and sharing pictures or video at a moment’s notice to groups or friends, translating words on the fly, pulling up pictures from a database or performing a Google search, and more. Visually, and speed wise the experience looks very compelling.
While you may perceive these features as extraneous - many of them can be performed using a smartphone – consider that you’ll always be pointing the camera at the right place, and be able to pull up pictures and info alongside without occupying a free hand to prevent you from further engaging your environment. This is effectively called augmented reality, though until now the experience has largely been relegated to handsets – not the most practical of scenarios.
For those of you not willing to wait until 2014, which is when Google says it will start to sell their Glass to the public, you can buy a developer edition for $1,500. With that will no doubt come a variety of hiccups, along with hardware and software that isn’t fully baked, but hence the “developer edition”.