August 16, 2012
Digital Glasses For Web Surfing-on-the-Go Could be in Your Future by 2013, Thanks to the Google Nerds
By Nancy Staab
Google reveals a prototype of its futuristic digital glasses that can live-stream digital video and audio with plans to debut them to the consumer by 2013. Leave it to fashionista Diane von Furstenberg to give the glasses cachet by sending her models down the runway at fall New York Fashion Week wearing the sci-fi-like specs. And the glasses showed up again at Austin’s SXSW conference of cool.
They may look a little nerdy (Think: Star Trek's visor-wearing Lieutentant Comander Geordi La Forge) and need a bit more stylistic tweaking, but Google’s new digital glasses are killer in terms of their computing know-how and the specs are very Minority Report, 21st-century in their capabilities and augmented reality delivery. Google unveiled its new eyewear at its annual developer conference in San Francisco last June, highlighted the glasses again this March at SXSW; and now the company hopes to introduce the product to consumers by the end of 2013 for $1,500. The folks at Google created a video demo of what the glasses feel like, using recorded Google Glass experiences (see link below), and have invited Google Glass Explorers to apply for advance prototypes of the glasses in order to record their own "through the google glass" first-hand experiences.
So what do these google glasses consist of? The “smart” glasses, known as Google Glass, include a postage stamp-sized electronic screen mounted on the left eye lens for recording video ( a new tool for papparazzi and spies!), taking photos, surfing the web, consulting GPS, accessing email and checking social networks on the go (no word yet on whether these specs will be safety-approved for driving!) . Google Glass can process text, images, video, an HTML-rich items. Naviagation is done by voice or a tiny touchpad on the side of the glasses and a tiny speaker, microphone and motion sensors are built-in. To add a little pizazz to the demo, Google commissioned several skydivers wearing Google Glass to descend from an airship and land on the roof of the conference center, while their glasses recorded a first-person perspective of the stunt. The light-weight glasses contain a wireless networking chip, a tiny battery that lasts nearly a full day without charging, and most of the technology found in a smart phone. Still in development: the slightly dangerous possibility that your glasses might be able to read your text messages aloud. With these kinds of mad skills you might forget all about that mobile phone permanently attached to the hip!
Also: Diane von Furstenberg introduced the Google Glass to the fashion crowds by sending her models down the runway in the sci-fi specs for her New York Fashion week last fall. See images of her show and DVF and models wearing the digital lenses below.
CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE'S OWN VIDEO DEMO OF WHAT THE GOOGLE GLASS EXPERIENCE IS LIKE
CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO OF DIANE VON FURSTENBERG'S NEW YORK FASHION SHOW FILMED USING GOOGLE GLASSES.