By Binu Paul email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 21, 2013 06:48 AM EST
Google has released a descriptive video of its much-awaited Glass project showing off its UI that offers many exciting features such as to search the web through speech, receive and execute onscreen directions, and send voice-controlled messages.
Google has notably added a new feature of voice-controlled photos on to the Glass, meaning that it will offer onscreen translation support, The Verge reports. The search giant had not mentioned about this development so far.
Wearers can capture images and record videos without using their hands. They can even send the images to friends, or post them online, see walking directions, browse the Web by voice commands and view language translations with the Glass. "The glasses reach the Internet through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which connects to the wireless service on a user's cellphone. The glasses respond when a user speaks, touches the frame or moves the head," The New York Times reported.
Though an early 2014 timeframe was set for the possible launch of Glass, Google is already rolling out the developer editions of the device priced at $1,500. "It's certainly early days of the device - there will be bumps," a Google spokesperson said to The Verge. "But what's cool is that we're approaching the time when people will be able to take Glass out into the world and start exploring what's possible with a device like this."
The excitement about the device has been mounting ever since Google announced the project back in last summer and now as the company has provided a fuller idea of its augmented reality future, the device will amuse more in the coming days.
Check out the Google video below that shows how Glass works.
Google has reopened its pre-order program to "creative individuals" via its#ifihadglass page. Here is the Google invitation:
"The deadline for applications is February 27th. If you are chosen, we will reach out to you with an invitation to become a Glass Explorer (please remember to follow us so that we can contact you directly). Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles," Google said.
Meanwhile, The NYT reports that Google is in talks with Warby Parker, an e-commerce start-up company that sells trendy eyeglasses, to help it design more fashionable frames. Google Glass does not have lenses; rather it comes with a tiny screen that appears much bigger from the wearer's perspective than it does on the frame. Google is now looking to add sunglass or prescription lenses so that the device looks stylish.