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Google Glass First Hands-On..

Google has delivered various models of Google Glass prototypes to the American press to gather first impressions of journalists. Indeed, the Google Glass will be marketed late 2013. We do not know the final price, nevertheless, the “Developer” pack will be available soon for $ 1500 (about 1300 euros). Quick summary of a first hands-on:

Google Glass

The famous Joshua Topolsky, who worked at Endgadget and co-founded TheVerge, was able to test Google’s famous Glass. He was very excited about the project and said, he would be interested in wearing them as they are marketed. Short summary of this hands on :

Google Glass: “bold, inventive, playful, and yet always simple”

As a reminder, the Google project Glass was launched by a Google engineer, Babak Parviz, three years ago. This project was initiated within the Google X Research & Development lab of Google. During the conference Google I/O 2012, Google made public this project and has launched a program called “Explore” for developers. This program was designed to develop the different uses of these intelligent glasses. To complete this project, Google hired the ingenious Steve Lee and a specialist in the industrial design, Isabelle Olsson.

Google Glass

Beyond technology, the first thing that seems to hit Google with these Glass is the build quality, and the finish of the product, according to Joshua, it seems very “human” but also very “alien”. To describe, he uses adjectives rather positive: with Elegant, or Sophisticated. To compare the quality of manufacturing to an end product of Apple”. It’s bold, inventive, playful, yet ultimately always easy”. The materials used allow glasses to hold well, without being “heavy”.

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Simple? Indeed, these Google Glass composed mainly of glass and plastic to the touch “soft touch”. Without forgetting the thin strip of metal arc glasses. And finally, a choice of colors already interesting: gray, orange, black, white, and blue. The choices and tastes are very important for this type of products which takes a very important place in the fashion industry.

Google Glass

How it works?

These Google Glass is indeed very simple: it includes Bluetooth 2.1, microphone, battery, WiFi, a GPS chip and a camera. Without forgetting of course, an architecture capable of running all this beautiful world. On the right corner of your eye,you will find a screen integrated directly into the glass. According to Joshua, the first use is quite strange. Indeed, it must adapt to the screen that appears in your field of vision. To activate the glasses, just press the small TouchPad on the right eye.

Google Glass

The information appear directly: the time and the commands. In fact, you will command the Google Glass by voice using voice recognition technology from Google. You can also use the tactile part located on the glasses to navigate the menus.

Google Glass info

The glasses connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and WiFi network. There is no 3G or 4G (LTE). We imagine that the reasons are quite simple: the cost, weight, size, and especially we do not know the consequences of these wireless technologies on our brain, especially when the chips are founded in glasses.

With the camera, you will be able to run commands: “Take Picture” – “Record Video” to automatically trigger the sensor. Today, it is probably the greatest asset of these glasses: to capture information without focusing on a camera. Voice commands are far from being close to human language, they are summarized for the moment to: “Set clock”, “Photo Capture”. We imagine that Google will introduce the management of human language in the final stages … Especially for the moment, most of the voice commands require a connection, and unfortunately Glass Google dependent on a smartphone or WiFi.

Google Glass Pictures

Joshua is very excited about this first hands-on, it was just a prototype, however he is very convinced by these Google Glass. A first step? We should hear a lot about in the next Google I/O. We will return with more details of the different uses of this technology: localization, social, multimedia, information, etc…

via | TheVerge

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