What Its Like to Shoot Photos and Video with Google Glass Camera Glasses


Google has put up a slick new website for the Glass augmented reality glasses it’s developing, and today the company released a neat new video that offers a first look at what it feels like to use the glasses during “everyday life” (or perhaps, “while living the life”).

The glasses gives its wearer a heads up display (HUD) that is interacted with via voice commands. The company writes,

It’s surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.

Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.

The camera component is quite interesting, as it allows you to snap casual photographs and videos of what you’re experiencing without having to pull out a camera or fiddle with anything using your hands.


Apparently, telling the glasses to start listening for voice commands involves first uttering the phrase, “okay glass.”


Once the device is ready to receive an instruction, you can say “take a picture” to quickly snap a photo:


…or “record a video” to capture some footage:



You can share your point of view live with others via Google Hangouts…


…and quickly send photos and videos to others via online sharing:


The glasses can even do browsing for online photos. Say “google photos of tiger heads,” and this pops up:


Here’s the full teaser video that shows these commands and a few more as well:

Google Glass is still in the early stages of testing, but if you’d like to participate as a tester, you can apply through the website.

  • p.rock

    “Take a Picture” and “record a video” are too cumbersome of phrases, IMO, for these to be of use with any kind of spontaneous photo/video taking, which would seem to be the intended use.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    It certainly seems more promising and more preferrable to other lifelogging devices such as Memoto and Autographer. The next logical step would be to integrate augmented reality functions.

    Dennou Coil, here we come.

  • georgephotodoto

    The whole concept is awesome, and probably ineviatble in the near future, but omg, people are going to SHARE it. This is going to be an information plague. Take twitter and instagram, how much junk passes trough your brain thanks to them. And here, you don’t even need to pull the gadget out of the pocket. And in the video, “how’s the view up there?” “oh cr*p, don’t bother me I’m flying!”

  • Fuzzy Wuzzy

    What I want to know is…

    1) How programmable have they made these? I’d have to see a good SDK and software ecosystem before I’d consider them

    2) When are they going to be designed to look like you’re not a member of the virgins-for-life society? Because damn.

  • Fuzzy Wuzzy

    Agreed. They should at least accept a programmable word, sound or phrase … or have the option to take exposures on a timer.

  • HÃ¥vard Fandrem

    It seems almost like a nightmare, a future where everyone is walking aroud with glasses that can both record and photograph you at any time.

  • Mike

    Imagine a bunch of tourists- “snap” “snap” “snap” “click” “snap” “snap” “snap” “click” “snap”


    okay glass, GOOGLE GAY PORN… FULL SCREEN! lol



  • oldtaku

    You should be able to put it in ‘take a picture’ mode and have it snap a photo whenever you wink. It’s fine for casual use, but “okay glass, take a picture” any time a photographer wants to take a pic is ridiculous, not to mention annoying to everyone around you (better or worse than whipping out your iPhone to photograph your food at a good restaurant?). And you’d always miss any action.

  • Jake

    Not meant as a general criticism, but I personally cannot relate to people who like this stuff. All those people who talk about “lifelogging” – do they want to spend more time living in the present or rewatching every second of the past? Maybe they’d be able to hold onto the memories and experiences of their lives if they weren’t so busy allowing themselves to be flooded by new stimuli and information every waking second. Doesn’t make sense to me.

  • bob cooley

    I had a similar thought at a concert I recently attended – when I was a bit younger, after I was done shooting a show (because I was a journalist), the gear would get locked in the trunk, and I’d be back at the concert in the Mosh pit, or in the audience enjoying the show.

    At this concert, it was FULL (and i mean FULL) of people recording the show on their phones, and watching through the little screens.

    It was really, really strange.

  • bob cooley

    A new toy for when the hipsters have graduated to making alot of money. I can’t wait for the intsagram version (/sarcasm)

  • Ken Elliott

    After watching the demo, it looks light a voice-activated GoPro competitor, but smaller/lighter. And I can see plenty of uses for that.

  • Justin

    I want to see video recorded from an F1 driver’s POV.

  • John Smith

    I like how nobody talks about real world battery life on this thing.

  • bob cooley

    Ahh, I see a hipster downvoted me – I always take that as a compliment :)

  • FYI

    What if you already wear glasses for everyday use?

  • Josh Goodwin

    It would be nice if i could just snap my fingers near the headset and it captures that instant.

  • Nikki Kitley

    and the security built in to this is……. so child fiddlers and pervs have the go ahead to record everything and have the time of their lives watching it because they can’t be seen doing it, come on wake up, another step to help all the bad people out there.I for one will become very wary of people seen with these on.

  • Renato Murakami

    Wasn’t expecting a Dennou Coil quote here, but well placed!

  • Ruthie Spiker

    what if you can’t snap???????