Google Releases 'Getting Started' Video for Google Glass

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    The more I see Google Glass, the more viable an idea it seems to become. At first, the concept seemed intriguing, but impractical and not altogether useful. Then it evolved into something that could have some potentially useful applications, but may be more of a gimmick. Now, after the last few demos and after seeing this newest "Getting Started" video, I am fully in the camp of, this could be something very cool and potentially game-changing.

    The video very clearly shows some of the ways in which you can interact with the device. If they can pull off the Augmented Reality real world information gathering HUD (Heads Up Display), then they will nail it's "killer app" functionality and it could be the hot new device of next year. What do you think?
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    so everyone is going to be walking around looking like they're scratching their head while I walk around actually scratching my head wondering why everyone thinks they need this. I love tech, but I just don't get this device.
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    Silly, impractical toy. Who will actually buy this, especially at $1,500?
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    The final retail version won't be $1500. That was simply the price for the early-early adopters of the Explorer program. Most of the industry speculation suggests it will sell in the $650-800 range, which is only a bit more than a smartphone. Also, I used to think it was a silly impractical toy as well, but I started imagining ways in which it could be very useful.

    For example, it can offer an augmented reality HUD which shows you the direction of your destination and the distance to that destination in real-time. Or, with a blue-tooth microphone attachment accessory, it could potentially replace your smartphone with its voice activated functionality.

    Just food for thought.
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    But since it covers one of your eyes with its display, it would be a distraction while driving.
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    It's an overlay, it doesn't block vision, only places augmented reality on top of it. Because human vision is binocular, it functions... presumably much better than holding a cellphone and crashing into a telephone pole.
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    So it's like a HUD in a video game?

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    II imagined it being more like the "heads up display" that some vehicles have.
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    It's obviously kick ass.
    I wouldn't get it simply for the fact my work computer and personal smartphone keep me connected, plenty.
    What's with this touching stuff? The first video that guy vocally communicated with glass
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    I would think the touch control is an option for using Google Glass in a quiet setting, such as the library, or when you don't want everyone knowing what you're doing. "OK Google Glass, search for hot XXX babes!"

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    I probably wont buy this specific one, but the next gen, I likely will. Impractical, sure, today. When the first iPhone dropped, it seemed like way overkill for a phone, now it's more like a typewriter
    lol, they do make HUDs in real life too. OAKLEY makes an amazing one in ski goggles. And I've seen a motorcycle with one in the helmet as well. But yes, essentially, it's like a HUD, but it can display anything in the overlay style, not just maps, directions, time, battery, speed, etc. as you find in a HUD
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    Wow. I didn't know that. I don't ski or ride a motorcycle so am unfamiliar with the current technology that is used with them. In any case, having a HUD could actually motivate me to wear a helmet if I undertook those pursuits.

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    Exactly!
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    Oakley Airwave Goggles | Official Oakley Store check it, it's pretty sweet... the motorcycle helmet is only included with a concept bike at the time. But it has been made. Everything about the bike and display is amazing next-level tech. I'll try and dig it up

    (here's the motorcycle with helmet HUD: http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/autos/motorcycles/hybrid-race-replica-motorcycle.asp if you've got a minute, read the whole description, the motorcycle itself is quite impressive. The last pic is the HUD by the way, and it's sweet. Really reminds me of the videogame HUDs)
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    Cool bike. I can see where a HUD would be useful on a bike because it would say how fast I was going, how much fuel, etc.
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