In a Google Plus on April 4th, Google revealed its research into the long-rumored Google glasses. The tagline of the post reads, “We think technology should work for you-to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.”
The Google[x] group who has built Project Glass is choosing to share the information, photos, and video on the product now in hopes of receiving feedback and input to help shape the model. The page also features a video displaying what the world might look like through Project Glass lenses, and just how the glasses could be used in every day life.
According to the post, the Google glasses own a minimalist design with a microphone and partly-transparent video screen that places information over the view from the users’ right eye.
The film reportedly showed one user being reminded he has a date that evening when he looks up at a blank wall, and then warns him that there is a 10 per cent chance it will rain when he looks out of the window.
An alert pops up when a friend sends a text asking if he wants to meet up later in the day. When the user dictates a reply a microphone symbol is superimposed over much of his view.
Google glasses warn the subway service is suspended. The video suggests that the device would involve a GPS chip to help deliver location specific alerts
Other functions include Google Maps showing a route to the wearer’s destination with small arrows keeping him on track, the ability to take a photo of what he is looking at with an option to share it with friends, and a video conference service.
There had been lots of speculation about the project with some reports describing it as an “open secret”, but this is the first time Google has confirmed details of what it was working on.
The glasses will not go on sale until later this year, but Google employees will be testing them in public over the next few months. The New York Times suggested they could cost between $250-$500.