Google teased the media with another glimpse of Project Glass holds for those who choose to don them on Wednesday. The Internet search company released a video to give consumers a realistic look at what they’ll be seeing, and saying, when they get a hold of the $1,500 headset.
The video, linked to here, shows Glass recognizing voice instructions, streaming video, recording video, taking pictures, displaying pictures, giving directions, giving flight details, giving information on animals, and giving translations in Thai. Nothing particularly new, but the video was released along with another announcement — one which has gotten many Google evangelists excited.
Google also announced they’ll be expanding its current Project Glass pre-order program. So far, the glasses have been available only to developers, and a limited number at that. The new program is called “Glass Explorer” and is open to everyone with $1,500 to spare. That’ right, you can win the privilege to purchase the techy glasses before they hits the streets in a year from now. Tax, according to Information Week, is not included.
While Glass Explorer is available to everyone 18-and-over, you still have to do something to qualify. The standard: a 50 word, or less, post on either Twitter or Google+ about what you’d do with the glasses if you had them. You have to include the hashtag #ifihadglass. The rules allow for up to five pictures and a 15-second video, Information Week‘s Thomas Calburn reports.The program, however, is limited to the U.S., and it ends quickly. Entries can be made no later than February 27, Computer World reports.
There’s one thing about the glasses that can be considered both a blessing and a curse: they’re instantly recognizable because you wear them on your face. To some, they’re a bit too bulky and a bit too nerdy. But Google has anticipated this fashionable concern, and, according to The New York Times, the company is in negotiations with eyewear maker Warby Parker to make the headset computer easier to bear in public.
If the Warby Parker deal holds true, and a deal goes through, it may mean there could be a variety of frame styles for Project Glass to latch onto. This could include, according to The Times, sunglasses and prescription lenses.