Learn More About Google's Amazing
Google Glass Project - Eventually I Will Review The Product
can't wait to get my hands on Google Glasses. Ever since I saw
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
If you've never seen the video with Dr. Maes, you
should watch it and remember that its been out for several
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:
Although 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):
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: