Google Glass demo

Today we got a first look at some of the apps for Google's upcoming Glass. Many developers were in attendance, where Timothy Jordan explained the goal of the Glass experience: provide timely content and functionality that integrates into the user's daily life, while being careful not to get in the way with obtrusive features (the thing is attached to your head, after all).

First up was The New York Times app, shown delivering a headline with accompanying image and author's name. If a user wants the full story, it's only a tap away from being read aloud by Glass. The app even has a built-in breaking news system, letting users literally see the news as it happens. Or as it is written, anyway. Of course this wouldn't be a proper Google product without Gmail. Incoming messages appear as an email subject line and picture of the sender. After opening an email, users can use voice dictation to reply to their messages. This seems like a great idea for Twitter-sized emails, but it's still yet to be seen how useful this will be once you get beyond a few paragraphs. Evernote was on board, along with Skitch. These apps were shown handling some quick editing and sharing of pictures that were taken with Glass. Also among the 3rd-party app support was Path, the social network for close friends and family. Functionality was a little limited, which might be a good thing here. Make comments and emoticons, and share cards with other Path users.

It's great to see outside app developers supporting Glass at this stage in the game. One of the things discussed at this demo was app design. Many Android tablet apps have long been criticized for simply using an inefficient smartphone design. With Glass being such a unique platform, this could be a fresh start for a completely new experience - one with apps designed to make the most out of everything Glass has to offer.

Source: Engadget


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I dont recall the producers of Futurama being sued for their "eyePhone" episode?

Btw, according to a leaked roadmap, Microsoft has been working on something similar, planned to be released as an extension of the next Xbox, like the kinect was the extension for the 360. Their main focus is augmented reality in the living room though, with plans to expand to glass-like functionality eventually

Futurama's eyePhone was a clear parody, and as such was completely protected by fair use. Google would love to be able to use the "eyePhone" moniker (monacle? lol) but they would definitely lose their asses in court.

Even if Google could use the name eyePhone they wouldn't. They want to differentiate their product from the Apple devices.

A world where every 2nd idiot is walking around wearing a pair of tech glasses is not one I want to live in. They have no place on this planet and bring shame upon the decreasingly 'human' race.

US Congress should at least pass a bill quickly to ban people from wearing these while driving/riding/operating a vehicle, They block part of your vision, making you a threat to other road users and pedestrians. It's better to get this done now rather than after they hit the shelves.

also, in before iGlasses from Apple. (what a horrible pun of a name it would be)

Man, if only we had the luxury of THIS being the big worry!

We've got economic issues that are beyond belief and a massively dependent and violent underclass that, now, demands their life support.

Google stuff ain't the problem.

So obviously you've never tried Glass or at least read anything about Glass, as you don't know a single thing about how it works and that it doesn't in any way impair your vision.

Anything that draws your focus from your surroundings, even if only to an overlay over your vision, is an impairment.

Yes, it blocks part of your vision, just like the rear view mirror. Luckily our futuristic technology is wearable computers and not flying cars, so we don't have to worry that part of the sky is no longer visible due to the rear view mirror (or Google Glass) because no flying cars shall be merging into our lane from above. You realise we'll have self-driving cars soon, right?

Please go back to the Amish farm you came from.

Wow!? Did someone pay you to write such a comment? If you have any idea of where technology is going you would know this is the next step. Taking your life further into mobile. These "glasses" is only the beginning of what will come in wearable technology thats attached to your everyday life. Get use to it!

No way this will happen. Not in every day life. Too many huge privcy concerns. Not to mention they would never be allowed while driving. Most have no worry as they will not become main stream for at least a decade.

You do realise how long it took to start banning texting while driving in many places, right? These will be allowed while driving for a good long while for us early adopters. And by the time these start becoming mainstream Google's self-driving cars will probably be on the market already so we'll never have to worry about any sort of distractions while driving.

I would love to see this tech adapted to cars, actually. I would LOVE to replace the majority of the dash in my car with a HUD, for the minimalist design alone, although augmented reality navigation would be a big improvement over staring at you phone all the time while driving. The key here being the transparent part.

Although I love the idea, I problly wouldnt use such glasses myself, I dont even wear a wristwatch, and I had my eyes lasered to get rid of glasses.

Now a Glass contact less! Thats what I'd look foreward to

While I actually dislike minimalist design, I can easily see manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, SAAB and up all releasing apps for Glass that would allow you to see all the information on the dash. It would be really great if the normal cars such as Honda and Toyota also did this, but I won't hold my breath for it.
Personally I think this would be safer then looking away from the road to look at your speed or check the navigation.

I think people will need to try these and see how they may, or may not, affect vision and other functions before calling for the ban hammer to be dropped on Google Glass.

These are like the first android phones to simple to really remember 2 years from now. You have to talk out loud to it or use a touch pad? Seems idiotic it should have a optic sensor looking at your eye. The one in a optical mouse would work fine. They use low power are tiny and have high resolution you could blink to click or some thing. The processing power would be less then figuring out what I'm saying.

I don't wear glasses and I am definitely not going to start wearing anything on my face now. Nice for the people who want it I guess. They will be banned from a lot of places I am guessing fairly quickly if they ever catch on due to how easy it would be to film with them on without anyone knowing.