While brief, I demoed Sergey’s own personal set of Glass. They’re extremely lightweight and worked over my existing pair of eyeglasses. In its current iteration, the battery pack is situated on the right side and counterbalances the circuitry and camera hub, so it feels pretty weightless.
Glass is designed to project the image at far-focus, so if you have good eyesight or corrective lenses (like me) that allow you to see in the distance, there is no need to re-focus to see the image. This is a big improvement over trying to look down at a dashboard or a phone.
If you look at Glass in its existing state, it’s quite impressive that all of this was fit into a tiny package that sits on your face. Will I get weird stares for a while when I’m out wearing them? Probably. Do I care? Not really.
Given how many of you are excited to read about Google's new wearable, we wanted to let you come along for the ride. After all, isn't sharing an experience what Glass is really all about? Join me for my very first impressions after picking up my headset and some sample footage of the trip home.
Google Glass has its discomforts and its disconnects. It's an early product that's clearly in beta, but it's also an experiment. It's a social-interaction project, it's a living debate on wearable tech, and it's an app platform in need of apps. It's not necessarily a device that needs to exist.
Google calls this the ‘Explorer’ version of Google Glass and is limiting its availability to developers ... By the time a consumer version comes out, expect to see a wider range of features and more dedicated apps, particularly along the lines of life-logging, health, fitness and navigation.
It's like the basic way that the Pebble serves up bits of information -- except, with Glass, you can share back with photos or text...sometimes. But to call them apps confuses the reality; they're more like connected services. You don't really launch them
For as impressive as Glass was overall, it’s clear that the device is still very much a prototype. That’s not to heavily criticize Glass--it’s just that a truly compelling consumer-friendly Google Glass is not quite here yet.