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February 20th 2013 12:04 pm

Google shows us how it feels to wear Google Glass

If you've been following the news on Google Glass, or saw the crazy demo that Sergey Brin used at Google I/O to show of Glass then I'm sure you're aware of its capabilities. However, we haven't seen just how they fit into our lives until now.

Google released a new video today to show off what it's like to wear Google Glass as part of your daily life. As Google has been doing with recent ads, this video shows a lot of family-oriented moments and how we could capture them. Through commands like "Glass, take picture" or "Glass, record video" a wearer of Glass can quickly capture a memorable moment. Google goes even further by showing a biker riding with Google Maps navigation, a person getting translations, students watching a pilot fly and many other scenes of people using Glass.

It is difficult to say how much of this is actually real and how much is simulated (any video game fan knows there is a big difference between in-game and renders), so I think it still needs to be approached with a grain of salt. However it does help a lot of us get a better idea of what Google envisions for Glass and how it's not just a thing for tech enthusiasts. Google obviously wants the average consumer to embrace Glass but the average consumer also doesn't have over $1,000 to spend on a piece of technology this fragile.

Google is running a promotion for a chance to win a Google Glass called #ifihadaglass which you can find out more details about it here: www.google.com­/glass­/start­/how­-to­-get­-one/

If you haven't seen the video yet check it out here: www.google.com­/glass­/start­/how­-it­-feels/.

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I know this is gonna sound stupid, but I can't imagine ever owning these because it optically will not work.

Bear with me while I explain. My left eye sight is reasonably poor. I wear normal glasses to correct this. My right eye is not perfect either. So since the screen is layered upon (what for now is non-prescription) glass, everything would be blurry to me. Unless the screen can correct for my deficiency.

So then, doctors have told me I can get laser eye surgery and after it, I would be able to wear a contact lens in my left eye and have a perfectly functional right eye. But then my up front cost is a few thousand between the surgery, contacts, and the device.

So I guess what I would see in daily life with the device is a blur :)
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As an optically inclined person I agree here. Unless I can remove the glass piece to use with regular glasses they will be a hindrance to use when wearing my glasses. I'm not about to make a 5K+ investment just to use Google Glass daily.
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Actually, one of the first things that the Glass team addressed was the issue of using prescription/existing glasses with the technology...

"Here’s a question I saw a few times: "I use prescription glasses. Will this work for me?" We ideally want Project Glass to work for everyone, and we're experimenting with designs that are meant to be extendable to different types of frames. Many of our team members wear glasses, too, so it’s definitely something we’re thinking about. Here’s an early mock-up to show how the device might work with prescription glasses."

Source: https:­/­/plus.google.com­/111626127367496192147­/post...

Update: Looks like they also touched on it in The Verge's interview earlier today with them - I guess it's possible to separate the unit from the frame. www.youtube.com­/watch­?v­=V6Tsrg­_EQMw
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Yup, I stand corrected.

Also: www.engadget.com­/2013­/03­/12­/google­-glass­-prescript...
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So let me get this straight. As a culture, a people. We can put a computer on your face, in your pocket, your lap, your desk, etc, but we can't help you see it?

I think Google Glass opens the door for more innovation in the eyewear industry. Including adjusting lenses. The industry as it stands makes too much money off blind people(sorry, but that's you) with little to show for it. More tech on your face paves the way for competition over who makes the lenses and better and cheaper lenses will come to those who simply cannot see. That's my proclamation, anyways.
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I can't imagine how bad the potential theft problem with these will be. In SF and NYC there's already a major problem with iPhones being snatched away from people's hands on the street. Here's a device worth 4x an iPhone that people won't be keeping in their pockets.

The other issue I see with this is people not realizing or consenting to videos of themselves broadcast on the internet. There are plenty of reasons why someone would not want to be recorded in a casual setting.
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On the note of consenting videos, I'm really curious to see how movie theaters are going to handle this since you could theoretically get a Glass-rip (versus a cam-rip, get it?) of a new movie and instantly put it online.
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I think this is a very interesting piece of tech. The ability to take a photo or video without stopping what you are doing, and in first person no less, is pretty amazing to me.

Are we sure that the final product will be $1,000? I know the developer kit they announced at I/O last year was $1,500 but, that was not for a normal Joel like me to wear and share.
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