Google unveils video preview
of Google Glass headset

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News: Google has released a video preview of Google Glass, the voice-controlled wearable headset that lets users send and receive messages, take pictures and search the web hands-free (+ movie).

The video is shot from a first-person perspective as Google Glass wearers use voice commands to control the device.

Google unveils Google Glass video preview

By uttering the phrase "okay Google", followed by one of the recognised commands, wearers can search the web, take pictures and record movies.

Other features appear to include video chats, weather reports, map directions and an onscreen translation service.

Google unveils Google Glass video preview

Google has also announced plans to expand its pre-order programme to "creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass."

The Glass Explorer initiative will allow the general public to try out the headset and offer feedback on how Google can develop the hardware and its features.

Google unveils Google Glass video preview

Hopeful applicants are invited to write up to 50 words explaining what they would do with the headset and post them on Google+ or Twitter along with pictures or short movies.

The #ifihadglass competition is open to US residents over 18 only, and selected participants will still need to purchase their own headset for $1500, plus tax.

Google unveils Google Glass video preview

John Hanke, head of Google Maps, recently told Dezeen that smart glasses and wearable computers will soon guide people through airports and shops and allow them to pay for goods and services. "In the future the whole transaction could happen through Google Glass, payment and everything," he said.

Last year we published a glimpse of Google's data centres around the world, which feature primary-coloured pipework and cooling rooms that glow green – see all Google projects on Dezeen.

  • bonsaiman

    Looks amazing, but I got dizzy and seasick in ten seconds.

  • Kim

    Oh! I’m in love with the future.

  • h.a.

    You can try, mik. I’d rather using these glasses. The future looks amazing.

  • Lukas

    Calling people “creative” buying/wearing this device is actually a really sad thing. we´re not all stupid yet! As an esthete I wouldn´t wear those in public. In my opinion the design above does make people look clueless. The horizontal “brainbumper” line across the face is probably the main reason as it does not function for real glasses.

    Interesting object to think about design and the human body. I think as an everyday device this technical invention will be quite good in causing mental disorders here and there. Let´s see!

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    “Will you be able to sidle up next to a Google Glass wearer and say “ok glass, show me midget porn” or are they tied to wearer’s voice?”

    Jason Kottke

  • Shadie

    So what happens to us who have to wear normal glasses? Will the Google Glass be compatible with normal vision correction eyeglass?

  • Tom

    What are you supposed to do if you already wear glasses?

  • Sam

    Up next: people walking into walls and traffic.

    • Anton Huggler

      That's why they are designed like a bumper!

  • Joe

    This will be of no use to Scottish people, ken?

  • Stephan

    I’ve been using e-devices as an early adopter for 25 years. I was fascinated and know a lot about the visions of engineers and artists relating to humans and technology – cyborg, science (fiction) and so on.

    But the more I know, the more the visions of humans (from the last 150 years) are possible, it becomes clear to me: I don’t want to be a (kind of) cyborg. And I don’t want to be surrounded by peeping people who are “on” always. I want my freedom, my secrets, my outer and inner peace.

    Let’s think about what technology like this (owned by a very big private company) does with us.

  • Mumrah.

    Missed a trick – should have called it Google Goggle.

    • T,.T

      Goggle it, or Googlass it.

  • Joe

    I take issue with the prospect that whenever I go out in public, I could be covertly recorded by anyone wearing these things (or simply by the will of Google). This is the kind of self-surveilling dystopian vision that made We Live in Public so horrifying. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no luddite, but I’m not an addict, either.

    Also, people look like absolute morons walking around staring into nothing and talking into their glasses. Keep your private affairs to yourself, and stay the hell out of mine while you’re at it.

    Do we not realize that we are being slowly stripped of our autonomy, privacy, and sovereignty? We are are the constant scrutiny of our peers, everything is recorded and forever, and all conversations, interactions, and indeed even movements are logged away in some company’s servers for perusal by whichever agency feels the desire.

    It’s already insufferable to have friends whip out their iPhones during a conversation because they can’t remember something (gee, I wonder why) or, worse, they have an incoming text message that simply can’t be ignored. Now they won’t even have to reach into their pocket to ignore you.

    And does anyone else see the supreme, hilarious-were-it-not-so-pathetically-stupid, irony of speaking words into a device which converts the speech into text and sends the text to the other person to READ? What ever happened to phone calls!? We might as well convert it into morse code, at this point. Are we so afraid of ourselves, and so narcissistic that we can’t speak directly to one another, but still feel the need to hear our own voices?

    Professor Farnsworth said it best: “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.”

    • mik

      OK, you are kind of a brainwashed-handicapped-whatever Woody Allen, I understand!

      In your post you said: “Professor Farnsworth said it best: ‘I don’t want to live on this planet anymore’.”

      So what? What’s your point? Are you my boyfriend or girlfriend? I don’t know but I don’t think so.

  • Mark astle

    These are already dead in the water. Like 3D TV. Tech that nobody needs or wants and actually makes life more complicated.

    • Thor

      God I hope so… I will now pray, for the first time ever.

  • PeterB

    After what we have seen become of all other recent personal technologies, these will surely be the source of so much future pornography and used to record and distribute everything – sex, assault, rape, murder, paedophilia and anything else twisted.

    Seeing the hot-air balloon shots in this ad just reinforces what might happen in the case of wearers unfortunate enough to be in the position of those in Egypt this week.

    It is just so invasive! Sci-fi novelists have predicted this for many years.

  • mik

    Peter, can you explain your comment? I am not sure if I got it.

  • Dan

    Read about how Google is in talks with Warby Parker about designing Glass in more fashionable frames.

  • Jonathan

    New incarnation of the bluetooth ear piece for mobile phones. Instantaneously both faintly comical and sad.

    • Andy

      Completely agree. And has anyone used those bluetooth ear pieces apart from taxi drivers? That was going to be the future, too. This future may be just end as a video on YouTube.

      • Hexi

        Well, you never know.