Thursday, February 21, 2013

Go Go Google Glass - CNN

Get your application ready, because you could be one of the early testers of the world’s first truly smart glasses, brought to you by Google Glass. Here is the breakdown on all things Google Glass as chatted about on CNN today.

In short, we are getting closer to a Jetsons’ era. This is yet another advancement in wearable technology.    

We first officially heard about rumored Project Glass in April of last year, and yesterday Google released even more on the functionality with new videos and photos. The glasses are basically augmented reality glasses, but if you look closely, there are no lenses in them, just a little near-eye micro display and camera.

Image courtesy of Google

Image courtesy of Google

So, what can you do with Google Glass?
  • ·      Take pictures and record video hands-free, using voice commands
  • ·      Share those pictures socially
  • ·      Get maps and directions
  • ·      Search the web
  • ·      Translate different languages
  • ·      Pick your color - they come in five colors  

*Note Google Glass connect via wi-fi or Bluetooth to your smartphone

Is anyone really going to wear them?
First, let’s remember how much people complain about 3D glasses—and those aren’t designed to be worn in public. Still, Google Glass is an entirely different playing field.    

There is much talk of Google partnering with Warby Parker, which is a hip glasses startup. However, I can’t confirm this. Google declined to comment on this when I spoke with representatives today.   

I also am going to continue asking them if Glass will come in prescription. They said they are always experimenting. 

So how do we apply to be an early tester?
A few thousand lucky individuals will get to enter the early explorer tester program – here are the basic guidelines: 

Using Google+ or Twitter you have to tell Google what you would do if you had Glass and submit your application on Google+ or Twitter.
  • Application must be 50 words or less
  • Must include #ifihadglass in application
  • You can include up to five photos with your application
  • You can include a short video (15 secs max)
  • Follow them on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass) so that they can contact you directly (Worth noting in 24 hours the Twitter account has over 42k followers)
  • Be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S. to apply
  • Deadline February 27
  • Cost: $1,500 + tax
  • Pickup in NYC, SF or LA 

Stay tuned – I definitely cannot wait to give a test spin and hopefully one day add to my glasses collection.

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