Developers who pre-ordered Google’s Project Glass glasses for $1,500 won’t be receiving them until early 2013, but a number of lucky journalists were recently given the opportunity to take the camera-equipped, augmented reality eye-piece for a test drive. The New York Times’ gadget kingmaker David Pogue writes that the device has the potential to be one of the rare devices that introduces a whole new gadget category to the world,
[...] a few things are clear. The speed and power, the tiny size and weight, the clarity and effectiveness of the audio and video, are beyond anything I could have imagined. The company is expending a lot of effort on design — hardware and software — which is absolutely the right approach for something as personal as a wearable gadget
[...] it’s much too soon to predict Google Glass’s success or failure. But it’s easy to see that it has potential no other machine has ever had before — and that Google is shepherding its development in exactly the right way.
If Google’s vision of the future of photography comes to pass, we’ll soon find ourselves in a world in which camera glasses are worn around as an everyday fashion accessory. Perhaps in an effort to make this idea easier to stomach, Google partnered up with luxury fashion company Diane von Fürstenberg (DVF) today for the label’s Spring 2013 fashion show, equipping people on and around the runway with its high-tech glasses. Glass wearers included runway models, Google founder Sergey Brin, and designer Diane von Furstenberg herself. Read more…
It looks like at least one group of people will be in-the-know regarding Google’s Project Glass, a group that has been dubbed “Glass Explorers” by the company’s co-founder Sergey Brin. The group is made up of all the pre-orderers from Google’s I/O event earlier this year who shelled out $1,500 to make sure they get their hands on the first of the wearable camera/computers.
Fortunately for them, that $1,500 also bought them acces to exclusive product updates, invites to events, and access to Google+ hangouts — a veritable secret club missing only the secret password for access to the secret treehouse clubhouse. Read more…
The Google Glass team is starting a new series of videos called “Glass Sessions” that feature ordinary people using Google’s prototype camera glasses in their everyday lives. This first video shows new mom Laetitia Gayno — the wife of a Googler — using the glasses to capture precious moments with her baby and share them live online with her family members back in France.
Here’s the live demo of Google’s Project Glass that was given by co-founder Sergey Brin yesterday at the company’s I/O conference in San Francisco. As we reported, they had five skydivers wearing the camera glasses beam footage of their jump live into the conference center through a Google+ hangout. If you think cameras are connected to the Internet now, just wait till Google Glass goggles are released sometime next year.
Google demoed its much-hyped Project Glass at its I/O conference today, showing how the sleek camera-equipped “goggles” could one day allow point-of-view photos and videos to be beamed directly to others through the Internet. Four skydivers wearing the glasses beamed footage of their jump live through Google+ to the attendees in the SF conference center (see above video). They then “passed the baton” onto a group of bikers who did some tricks on the roof and then biked into the center, showing that the footage was in fact live. Read more…
Yesterday we shared some new sample photos published by Google showing what its Project Glass prototype camera glasses are currently capable of. The video above is the first sample video captured using the glasses, and is a short 15-second clip showing a first person view of someone doing flips on a trampoline. With current cameras, the only way to achieve this kind of hands-free footage would be to use some kind of (relatively) unwieldy camera strapped to the head or body (e.g. a GoPro mounted on a helmet), but Google Glass would allow people to record this kind of thing by simply wearing a pair of glasses.
We see glass as an evolution of cell phone photography. It’s the next step of the camera that’s always with you. It’s not meant to replace your professional camera anytime soon [...] We think that photography in Glass is going to open up a whole range of pictures that would not have been possible otherwise.
The Google Glass portion of the talk begins at the 47 minute mark in the video above. Read more…
Google has published a second sample photo captured using its Google Glass augmented reality glasses. This time it’s a 3MP photograph captured by Googler Sebastian Thrun while spinning with his son Jasper. It’s an interesting example of the moments people will soon be able to capture if wearable, voice-controlled cameras become a part of how we document our lives. No word on whether the camera quality has improved since the first sample photo was released, but this latest one sure looks better.
Google’s Project Glass has been all the rage since the company released their mock-ups and video of the project at the beginning of the month, and for good reason — the idea is out-of-this-world cool. But from the start we’ve known that Project Glass was only in the beginning stages, the glasses were an idea that couldn’t yet do many, if any, of the things featured in that futuristic video. A couple of days ago, however, the world got its first glimpse of what Project Glass can do.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, researcher Sebastian Thrun used the glasses and his voice to snap a photo of Mr. Rose and upload it to his Google+. The photo (shown above) is nothing special — it looks like an ancient camera phone image — but it serves as confirmation that the glasses can already perform a few basic functions via voice command. And considering the speed with which technology advances these days, any indication of functionality could mean Project Glass is much further along than we think.