Last April, Google presented a video about their development called Project Glass, which explored how “technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.” Now aptly referred to as Google Glass, this hands-free gadget is worn on your face like regular eye gear and utilizes voice activation to perform its smartphone-like technology.
The video demonstrated how Google Glass would essentially work and provided a sample of the features that would be used. Earlier today, a new video was released for Google Glass.
The preview video includes a variety of situations in which people can use the wearable device including a dad recording a video while playing with his daughter, an ice sculptor Google searching images of tiger heads for inspiration and a traveler asking Glass to translate “delicious” from English to Thai. In addition to the Google search and chat functions, Google Glass also allows users to check the weather, time, flight arrangements, GPS instructions as well as taking and sending HD video and picture messages. The website also shows that the headsets come in a variety of colors: charcoal, tangerine, shale, cotton and sky.
Last summer at Google’s I/O conference, the company announced that developers and attendees would be able to test the product by pre-ordering “Explorer” editions of the headset for $1,500 each. Google announced today that the pre-order process has been expanded by adding a contest that will choose testers via Google+ or Twitter using the hashtag #ifihadglass.
Applicants must explain in 50 words or less what they would do if they had Google Glass. In addition to paying $1,500 plus tax for the product, winners are required to attend a special pick-up of the product in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles. The deadline to apply is February 27. For more information, go to Glass’s Google+ page here.
Google Glass does not have an official release date because it is still in the development process, but is expected to be available to the public in 2014 according to The Verve.
Check out the newest Google Glass preview video available below. Go for the full screen option to get best effect.