In April of 2012, Google introduced a prototype for their new eyewear line, Google Glass. This line of eyewear is not be competing in the fashion world. Instead it is growing in awareness with technology buffs waiting for public release with bated breath. So what can we expect from Google Glass?
What is Google Glass?
Google Glass is a “smart” eyewear line being introduced by Google that incorporates mobile computing into the frame of the glasses. The frames include an embedded camera, microphone, GPS and bone conduction that allow the glasses to perform their many capabilities. The features of Google Glass, which can be found on its designated Google + page, include
- recording videos,
- taking pictures,
- showing messages,
- finding information,
- video sharing and
The functionality of these glasses is controlled by voice; leaving the device hands-free.
The Glass Explorer Program
With one of Google’s bigger competitors being Apple, it’s important for them to ensure that their product is truly seen as innovative and satisfies the consumer’s expected experience. In order for Google to do this they have launched their Glass Explorer Program. The Glass Explorer Program consists of a small group of people called “explorers” brought on to pre-test Google Glass. Google allowed for open applications into this program but were not just looking for anybody to test the eyewear.
“We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass,” stated Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra. The “explorers” are expected to pre-order Google Glass and attend a special experience in person in New York. So, the question is, after receiving the feedback of the “explorers,” and putting the perfecting touches on this new technology, when will the eyewear be available to us?
In one of our earlier blog posts entitled “Google’s Vision? We’ll Be Wearing Our Computers!,” Stellar Blue had referenced Michael Liebhold, senior researcher specializing in wearable technology at the Institute for the Future. Michael had stated that over the next ten years he envisioned that people would be wearing glasses with built-in screens, and eventually contact lenses with working displays.
Google stands to prove Michael wrong, by taking this vision of ten years and making it happen in less than two. Google originally set the launch date for Google Glass to be early 2014, but since, Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin, publicly moved up the timeline for the eyewear to later in 2013.
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