A glimpse into Google’s looking glass

Have you ever what life would be like through the looking glass; to see how life would be different on the other side; in a different universe, in a different time or even as a different person? Well, this is now a possibility with the release of new awe inspiring footage from Google’s Project Glass.


While it’s not a look into a world where talking rabbits with bad punctuality roam and tea-parties with deranged hatters, in a new YouTube video uploaded by Google, entitled: How it Feels [through glass]. The video offers a glimpse into the near future where wearable technology is commonplace and everything can be recorded and shared in real time. Google’s Project Glass device is shown exhibiting a number of its features; including a POV recording of a free-fall and an on-the-spot voice translation. The product was initially unveiled at a Google demonstration last year, where mountain biking and skydiving athletes were used to demonstrate the product at work in an exhilarating fashion. Showing the device being pushed to impressive limits and capturing the footage of it along the way. Developers were also offered the chance to get early access to the product, for a fee of $1500.


It seems that Google is now aiming to take Project Glass away from it’s heights with skydivers and mountain bikers and into the hands of the public; the dream a reality. The new YouTube video released by Google demonstrates the glasses being used in slightly less high-octane situations and more centred around the average individual (though for the sake of awe there are a few stunts thrown in). This is coupled with Google’s ‘How to get one‘ information featured on the device’s website.


Stated on the Project Glass Website is ‘we’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us in the shaping of Project Glass’. Google have offered 8000 applicants the chance to mould the future of project glass, granted that you can impress the company with your application. The application scheme, mainly aimed at developers, states that the applications sent through Google+ or Twitter need to be a 50 word or less proposal of why you would be a good Project Glass ‘Explorer’. Applications can include up to 5 photos or a short video, and must include the hashtag ‘#ifihadaglass’. The 8,000 that are successful must be able to collect their devices in person either in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles, and must be able to pay ?$1500 plus tax?.


With the advanced limited release of the device it would seem that Google is aiming towards a public release. The demo video demonstrates the features of the device in a mixture of both ‘average’ and the more familiar eye-popping extreme scenarios.


‘Ok, Glass…record’


The video shows what it is like to be behind the Glass, with scenes showing the view of the user with the device attached as well as the ability to control the interface through voice commands- such as ‘Ok Glass, record a video and the hand gestures that allow a user choose options from the eyepiece which hovers just above the right eye.


Other features shown in the video include a camera, a heads-up navigation system, an impressive live translator, video-chatting and a voice activated image search. By demonstrating the device in a number of different situations not only is Google showing the possibilities of the device but also the integration of it in ‘normal’ life. This is also coupled by release of the various colourways Project Glass will come in; charcoal, shale, cotton, sky and tangerine.


Though Google seem to be doing their research, ensuring that the technological utopian Project Glass can slot into the normal world fluidly, cynics have already begun lambasting the device; ranging from complaints that the device won’t work for customers with sunglasses to the more understandable $1500 fee for having your application accepted.


Criticism aside, it is clear to see that the development of Google Glass is part of a very exciting revolution of wearable technology. The depictions of wearable technology that only twenty years ago featured in dystopian sci-fi worlds and in the apocalyptic tales that came with them are being rewritten by Google. Google is working towards the integration of this technology in everyday life and pretty soon traditional technologies as we have known them; mobile phones, MP3 players and cameras may be replaced by the all-in-one Project Glass. Personally I am very excited to see what comes out of the 8,000 Project Glass Explorers attempts to revolutionise the use of the device and eventually the way we use, and apparently wear our technology.