I think it’s safe to say that technology is forever changing as the years roll along; we are getting smarter phones, more dynamic gaming, stunning high resolution televisions, and more all-in-one computers and laptops. With these gadgets being the face of modern technology now, it sort of overshadows some low key tech devices that are making some serious buzz around the nation.
Google is already the world’s biggest and most popular search engine and has become known for being a creative and innovative company. It appears the marketing giant is back at it again with an interesting product that looks to combine the smart-phone world with the glasses world.
Google Glass is the name and they are currently conducting a competition and seeking applications for “Testers” in their explorer program to get a sense of how the public would view these glasses. This is not just some ordinary application you can send in, the target audience is developers who are bold and creative people about how they would use these high-tech specs.
Google wants the applications to be short and sweet about 50 words or less that includes a couple pictures of you along with a 15 second video according to Washington Post. The applications must be submitted by either Google+ or twitter and include the hashtag #ifihadglass. Now here comes the part that made me think there will be limited people sending in apps, or people that can afford to splurge a little.
Along with sending in your app you also need to send in $1,500 yeah that is correct $1,500, looks like I am out of the running already.
Applicants are due by Feb. 28th and Google will extend invitations to the top 8,000 applicants who have the highest scores and winners will receive the explorer version of Google Glass. If you are one of the lucky few that are selected you must be able to pick up your tech glasses in person in one of three cities that include San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.
Spokesman for Google are already saying this product is the next breakthrough in mobile computing, the glasses are supposed to perform many of the same tasks as smart-phones, except the spectacles respond to voice commands instead of fingers touching a display screen according to San Francisco.
The company released a video yesterday that showcased people wearing the glasses while skydiving, riding a roller coaster, skiing, and swinging on a trapeze. The glasses include a tiny display screen attached to a rim above the right eye and run on Google’s Android operating system for mobile devices. These glasses are certainly gaining tons of hype, but also a quite a bit of speculations as well.
“The danger of hyping something this much is that clearly the technology is far behind where the hype is right now, you don’t want to set the expectation bar too high,” Rocky Agrawal of reDesign Mobile, said in a statement.
Those lucky winners that will receive a pair of these glasses will have them well ahead of the schedule time which Google mentioned it wants to start selling them in early 2014.
How It Feels [through Glass]
Want to see how Glass actually feels? It’s surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.
Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.
All video footage captured through Glass.