Google Glasses are nearer to reality than expected previously. It is available for $1500. The latest demonstrations (video) show that the search giant is all set to launch it in the market pretty soon
Google has finally demoed its long-awaited Project Glass display at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco. The company has launched prototypes of the futuristic, Internet-connected glasses for the attendees of the developer conference to test out. The U.S. attendees of the event can pre-order the glasses for merely $1,500. Google will deliver the device to the customers early next year. Of course, the nascent Project Glass is expected to further flourish up thanks to the huge reputation it is getting in tech markets. Well, it won’t be available for purchase outside the three-day Google I/O, the company said.
As per Google co-founder Sergey Brin, the firm intends to shape up the device through the hands of its customers. Google looks for feedback from passionate users. “This is new technology and we really want you to shape it. We want to get it out into the hands of passionate people as soon as possible,” says Brin, who appeared himself onstage wearing the Project Gasless display. Google wishes to sell the glasses to public by early 2014. Until then, it will be under various phases of tests. “I think we are definitely pushing the limits,” Brin said. “That is our job: to push edges of technology into the future.”
Project Glass development
For over two years, the Project Glass has been under development in Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. Google X, the web giant’s secret research lab that recently uncovered the driverless car, has also been leading the glass project. At Google I/O, Isabelle Olsson, a designer of Glass project said that Google built the glasses to let people interact with the virtual world with no distraction from the real world. Beyond the physical premises, you will be able to enjoy a more immersive and wonderful multimedia experience with the Google glasses, the developers added.
Olsson and the Project Glass engineer Babak Parviz presented the project to the attendees of the conference. Though under development for a couple of years, the glasses still require many more technologies such as camera, microdisplay, radios, camera, multiple GPS, compass and accelerometer, the researchers said. Google wanted to make the glasses “pretty much invisible,” and that is why they are working hard to make it lighter both visually and in weight.
Project Glasses purposes
According to Isabelle, the Project Glass is meant for two major purposes; “communications through images and instant access to information.” The glasses feature a built-in camera that can shoot fleeting footages and let others see the world through your eyes. As per Parviz, the goal of the display “is to let people know things instantaneously, so they feel more knowledgeable,” writes PCMag. In brief, what Google really intends with the Project Glass is to realize a completely personal method to let people enjoy variety of digital content like video, images, maps, web and others.
For this, instead of usual flat interfaces of a TV, computer, tablet or smartphone, Google has chosen a pair of glasses. The glasses will act like displays and will show the content in a concentrated manner to the users. That is, users can enjoy digital content with great quality on large displays. Well, “throughout, viewers could see it from their point of view, as transmitted from the special glasses,” says PCMag. The glasses are able to retain Wi-Fi connectivity even at 7,000 feet above and similarly down to the land, Google touts.
Anyway, Google has to work a lot more on the Project Glasses to make it a completely dependable medium for enjoying digital content. The company has agreed that the device is still in its budding stage and will come up as a full-fledged gadget in a couple of years. As of now, developers can buy and test the glasses to let Google develop the glasses with more advanced user-friendly features.