Google Shows Off Google Glass UI in New Video; New Pseudo-Contest Detailed Too

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  1. dgstorm

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    We have a couple of intriguing "action-items" to share with you guys today regarding Google's next big innovation, Google Glass. If you are curious about what the final Google Glass user interface will look like, then check out the video above. After seeing the concept of augmented reality start to live up to its promise, this device is more exciting than ever. If you remember back just a few years, smartphones where thought of as strange an unnecessary devices when they first got started, and now look at how much of an impact they have made on the world. It's entirely possible we are witnessing the birth of another new technology which will be just as disruptive and ground-breaking.

    The video above isn't all we have either. If the new video entices you to want one of these devices, but you are not a developer, then you might be excited to learn about Google's new Google Glass pseudo-contest. We call it a pseudo-contest because you won't be able to get one of the first versions for free, but you can potentially win a chance to pay $1500 for one of these devices and be one of the first non-developers to get one. You can become a non-developer "Explorer" by defining what you would do with a set of Google Glasses in a maximum 50 word essay on Twitter or Google+. Here's a quote and link with the details,

    Source: Google Glass Explorer - How to Get One
     
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    Wow that was a lot less cooler than I originally thought it would be like. I may be alone on this, but it's a disappointment.

    I thought there would be some better augmented reality in it and that the projection would be flexible in that sometimes it would be in the corner and other times it would take up your whole view. I may be thinking too far in advance of what can actually be accomplished I guess. Instead of a corner Google maps it would be incredible if the glass did some sort of projection of your way into your center field of view.

    If that's what glass is like then to me it won't be worth wearing a phone/camera/camcorder on your face 24/7.
     
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    This could be an incredible device... To the comment above, it looks to me like they are trying to make it so that it isn't too distracting.
     
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    I agree with nickb34 above. I think if the AR were completely projected over the entire view, then it could become a hazard. Then again, a transparent overlay might be worth exploring. I am very excited by this, because of the video comms application. It was easy to assume this was some sort of video-camcorder on your head, but if you pay attention, some of the clips showed one-way video communications live! It has a very Sci-Fi vibe to it.
     
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    $1500!!!????
     
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    Yeah, but for the price tag it's not worth it. I absolutely love Google products, but I predict this will flop.

    So far here are some functions;

    Clock
    Weather
    GPS
    Camera/Camcorder
    Video chatting
    Google search and picture search
    Voice translation

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't see any phone calls being made.

    So essentially this is a smartphone on your face projected into a little window with less features. I know that the price in the contest is $1500, but when mass produced I'm guessing $300 with a data tie in with a cell service provider.

    I didn't see anything revolutionary and I hope the final product is better and more refined.

    Sure I want to toy with one just as much as the next guy, but for the functionality it seemingly provides then this thing is such an expensive gimmick. I'm just hoping this is a baby step towards something much bigger.
     
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    -They stated from the beginning that it wasn't supposed to be invasive.

    -It's supposed to get the screen (phones and tablets) from compromising all your visual space. AKA get the stuff away from your face and let you see people around you.
     
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    pretty sure you won't wear these to sleep, I personally already wear glasses and would happily go back to contacts for a chance to wear a set of these.

    I just hope you can switch which eye it's shown in for those of us who have extremely poor vision in one eye, that or is shows in both eyes.

    I'm thinking within the next ten years you'd be able to get something like this with a set of Rx glasses....
     
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    Let's see here.....assisted target acquisition, facial recognition, assisted low light vision.......no..no..wait...they already have those...my bad..
     
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    I think you nailed it right there. This will be a "baby step toward something bigger."
     
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    I entered..told them I would ask everyone I saw for money to cover the $1500

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    nope, not practical. just another gadget needing to be recharged every couple hours.
     
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    I saw this video and got more excited about this than ever. For someone who already wears glasses, this would be awesome to have built into prescription lenses.
     
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    I was excited until I remembered that Google makes money from targeting ads.
     
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    Wow. A lot of negatives on this.

    I personally think this is a revolutionary device, even being in its very very early stages. Should be fun and it is definitely the next step in the super tech futuristic world. Very cool concept, let alone, actual device that already exists for some consumers to use.