Google Glass is expected to be widely available in 2014, with an early version coming out next year to folks who pre-ordered. And although we’re sure you eagerly await their arrival, you’re likely wondering what it’s like wearing them.
Well, we have a review for you – and a peak into Google’s other upcoming invention: self-driving cars.
The Wall Street Journal’s Spencer E. Ante had a chance to test out Google Glass when he visited the company’s co-founder and head of “Google X” Sergey Brin at Google’s New York office.
Weighing a few ounces, with a tiny embedded camera, the glasses “deploy what’s known as a “heads-up display,” in which data are projected into the user’s field of vision on a small screen above the right eye.”
In all, the glasses are like a wearable smartphone, allowing the user to take pictures, send messages and perform other functions via voice-activated commands. For instance, say “OK, Glass” into one of the glasses’ two microphones and a menu pops off to the side of your vision showing icons that will let you take a picture, record a video, use Google Maps or make a phone call.
. . . The device fit well. It was easy to snap a picture or video without taking my smartphone out of my pocket. It was cool to see the information there in front of my right eye, though a little disorienting. I kept closing my left eye, which was uncomfortable.
The point of the glass, according to Brin, is to have seamless technology. At TechCrunch Disrupt this week, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey encouraged developers to focus on seamless technology as well. So it looks like this is the newest challenge for developers – and Google appears to have a head start, as one would expect:
“I have always disliked the feeling that with technology I am spending a lot of my time and attention managing it,” added Mr. Brin, dressed casually in a white T-shirt and jeans. “The notion of seamlessly having access to your digital world without disrupting the real world is very important.”
And what about the self-driving cars? In this video, Brin speaks to both projects: