Published on July 18th, 2012 | by Shah1
Google Internet Glasses; Turning the Dream of Wearable Computers into Reality
Google Internet Glasses
Google have been one of the leading Internet companies for some time and recently they started developing their business even more by introducing their own mobile operating systems and launching a series of smart phones. However, it seems like the company is thinking of taking things to the next level by developing a way to search for information, watch videos, read messages and post and share photos without walking around with a bulky hand-held device.
In order to do this the company is developing a wearable computer or more specifically a pair of glasses which are connected to the Internet. Apparently, the company has been working on this project for over two years and Google will announce it officially in April. This means that we are not so far away from mass production of this gadget.
US computer programmers will be glad to hear that they can be the first people to get their hands on this nifty, little device. Google will be selling the prototype to them at a three-day conference which ends on Friday. Getting those glasses isn’t cheap at all and you’ll have to pay 1,500$ in order to get the prototype in the beginning of 2013. Google hope that the programmers will report bugs and suggest improvements or applications for the device.
Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder spoke at the conference, stating that the technology used in these glasses is revolutionary and the company is eager to introduce it to passionate people who will help them improve it.
If everything goes according to plan, consumers may expect the glasses to be released in the beginning of 2014. There is still no estimate price on the public version, but according to Brin the price won’t be much bigger than the one of most smartphones. According to Brin, the company is still working to sort out some bugs in the glasses and to improve battery life in order to allow users to wear the glasses throughout the entire day. And although there are still some things to be fixed, Google didn’t miss out on the opportunity to demonstrate the power of the revolutionary glasses.
Google hired skydivers who jumped from a blimp flying 7,000 feet above San Fransisco. All skydivers were wearing the modern Google glasses which demonstrated how this revolutionary creation could change the way we interact with technology. The crowd attending the press conference was able to witness the entire fall thanks to streaming video provided from Google’s glasses. After the demonstration Brin told reporters that the company’s goal is to push the limits of technology and provide users with a richer experience than ever before.
Brin joined Google’s engineers just last year and he has been working on this project since then. The Google X Lab works on many other futuristic devices which many of you probably think are impossible to create – the engineers there are working on driverless cars and on elevators that could eventually transport people into space.
But lets go back to the most important part of this article – Google’s glasses. Thanks to them you can walk around while texting a friend or video chatting with your family and friends. You can instantly take photos without having to take out the camera. You can even buy things from the Internet while walking to work. The choices are limitless.
Brin and the rest of the crew working on this project believe the glasses will make it much easier for people to achieve the perfect balance between the real and virtual world. Google’s new invention can certainly be a great hit and it wouldn’t be a surprise if smart phones become a thing of the past in a few years. Isabelle Olsson is a part of the crew that works on the glasses and she claims that the glasses will interact with people’s senses, but won’t block them.
The prototype glasses were available for a short test at the conference and a reporter for the Associated Press watched a video while engaging in a conversation with the people around him.
It is expected that these glasses will become the favorite gadget of bicyclists, runners and other athletes who want to take videos and photos of their daily activities. Brin also admitted what got him so fired-up about this project – his son was wearing the glasses when he threw him in the air and afterwards he was able to sees the entire experience from his son’s point of view.