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Another Fan of Google Glass

By Eron Cohen                  

Learn More About Google's Amazing Google Glass Project - Eventually I Will Review The Product Here

I can't wait to get my hands on Google Glasses. Ever since I saw Prinav Mistry's Sixth Sense in a Ted Talk given by Pattie Maes, his sponsor at MIT, I have been waiting for something like this to come out. Dr. Mistry's original idea was to take a small projector, smart phone and camera and pair them together (he was using a bike helmet to hold everything). In his video he shows how it recognizes faces and projects things he knows about the person onto their shirt...and he holds up products and the device checks for him as to whether it would be something he should purchase. Another very interesting thing about this idea was the use of gestures to accomplish tasks--for instance instead of clicking a button to take a picture, you just make a frame with your thumbs and index fingers in the air--and voila, a picture was taken.

If you've never seen the video with Dr. Maes, you should watch it and remember that its been out for several years:

Here is an extended video with Prinav Mistry himself talking about his project directly.

I've been wondering why we haven't heard much more about it since then. Finally, along comes the Google Glass project. This idea goes one step further than Prinav Mistry did, beacuse it integrates the display into a pair of glasses--a sort of "heads up" display for your face. Although these are only being seen in the wild on Google officers, they are very interesting. Take a look at this video:

    Google Glass Skydiving StuntAlthough there is a dearth of information about the Google Glass project at the moment, today at Google I/O Sergei Brin gave us quite a bit of information and an amazing demo. They had several guys wearing Google Glass while sky-diving down to the convention center roof. We got to see from a first-person point of view what the dive was like...and it was amazing.

    He also told us that Google Glass consists of a small screen, camera, a touchband, microphone, accelorometer, compass, bone conductance speaker, a single button and multiple radios for communication. Battery life is about 6 hours at the moment, but they are working on that. One of their main points was that with Google Glasses you can capture fleeting moments in life...for instance they had a video of a woman with a baby saying that the baby acts differently for a camera than she did with google glasses taking the shots. In many of the demos that are floating around the internet now, you hear the wearing issuing commands like "Google Glass take picture now" or "take video now".

    We'll be hearing much more soon because select developers were allowed to purchase a demo unit for $1500 starting at Google I/O. Those developer units are now shipping. Here is a video from January 2014 that explains the current state of Google Glass and the Mirror API to developers:

     

    Here is a google glass usage demo from South By South West in March 2014:

    You might also learn quite a bit about the way the glasses actually work by watching this talk at SXSW for developers. (50 minutes):

    One of the best places to go to find out more is Google's Google Plus Page on the Google Glass Project.

    Can you imagine what things will be like when there is mass adoption of these? Will people become smarter or dumber? Could you imagine when facial recognition works and is universal--people's individual reputations could immediately come up in your glasses when you see their face.

    Here is a recent video from the Verge showing one man's brief experience with Google Glass:


Last updated March 13, 2014

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