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At Time of Release, Google Glasses May Not Be the Full Augmented UI We See in Promos

According to CNET, who had a recent meeting with Google+ chief Vic Gundotra, the interface that ships with Google Glasses may not be exactly what people would expect after watching their promo videos. In a comment from a Google spokesperson, they mentioned that it is still too early to know exactly what to expect:

It’s still too early to know what the functions and UI will be, it’s the simple interactions that are making people the most excited.

We can take this as Project Glass still has a long ways to go and that most likely, Google I/O attendees shouldn’t expect to have a pair of Glasses in their goodie bags. Below we have the video they are referencing if you haven’t seen it.



  • Joe Cross

    I feel like if they have employees wearing them in public and to television interviews that they post pictures of on G+ from the glasses then they have to be pretty far along

  • Pursuit

    hmmm… And you guys are self conscious putting a not up to your ear, but now you guys are all for this external retainer for your eyes. wtf I don’t get it. Looks terrible. Please explain

  • PanicsWhenUbered

    Why is Google trying to develop an entirely separate device for Google Glasses? Why not just deeply integrate the Google Glasses system into the next gen of Android and have the glasses be a wirelessly connected peripheral for our phone?

  • imronburgundy

    Then why release it? It’ll sell a lot better if it has all of the functionalities built in.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I heard Dog the Bounty Hunter is getting the first beta pair

  • You crazy PR guys! “…
    it’s the simple interactions that are making people the most excited [since the really cool stuff won’t be functional upon release]”

    • AlexKCMO

      The video I think was more of a road mapping and trying to show you what they want to do… what the current vision of the end goal is. While it’s entirely plausible that will change by next year, they’re giving you a glimpse of what they would do if they tech was already here.

      The first few iterations will really be proof of concept; give some of the basic functions and let the later iterations get to that point. Unfortunately, depending on cost, that may not work very well for consumers, who will want more function out of the box.

      • I completely agree, but I still love the spinning that is done (which again, makes sense considering where they want to go versus where they CAN go now). Either way, I’m excited to see how this turns out.

  • I’ll wait for the 2nd Generation which will be installed directly behind the retina. Futurama “Eye Phone” style.

  • Told ya

  • ddevito

    like everything else from Google, it will be BETA for years

    • Nexjersey

      Agreed they should not release till final product is final.

      • Well you’ll be waiting a while then.

        Releasing a product in beta is good. It allows Google to get an enormous amount of real-world user testing done, while improving the Glasses (or whatever product it is) all the time. They did this with Gmail and it worked great.

        • yellowcanary73

          They also do it with every OS release.

  • Zebug

    Great….just when I finally get LASIK, I am going to be wearing glasses again.

  • Michaelvzw

    That is totally sick. Google hurry up and get those out. Amazing!!!!

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Any word on if it can be switched to the left side? I’m mostly blind in my right eye.

    • Yes, I’m sure they’ve thought of this.

    • Droidzilla

      I heard it can be; sorry, don’t recall the source.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        Thanks to both of you. I hadn’t seen it yet.

  • can I get this in Contact Lenses? LOL

  • Liderc

    Is anyone really going to ever put these things on? I just can’t see it ever happening.

    • I would!

      • Me too. I’m getting one as soon as it comes out.

        • LiterofCola


    • Dr_Buttballs

      Maybe eventually when/if it becomes a normal. Much like bluetooth headsets.

      • Liderc

        I still don’t see bluetooth looking normal on people. It still looks stupid, but at least it’s useful. These glasses aren’t even useful.

        • Wait what? You basically just said bluetooth headsets are useful because they can make calls. But Glass isn’t useful because it can make calls too, but can also do MANY other things. How does that make any sense?

          • Liderc

            And you’ve used them, so you know how useful they are…

          • I’ve never used a backhoe, but I know how useful it is.

          • Liderc

            lol, comparing a backhoe to some goofy glasses that we know most likely will never catch on?

            Well played.

          • You don’t know if it will or won’t catch on. Neither do I. But I do know both things look useful, at least to me. And I’ve neither used either, so all I have to go off of is observation.

          • LiterofCola

            I lol’d

          • PC_Tool

            …and you’ve used them, so you know how useful they…aren’t??

          • Liderc

            Just think of how few people use bluetooth devices while walking down the street, I bet it’s less than 10% of smart phone users.

            Now think of how many people will be willing to wear glasses for a similar purpose, with a few bonuses.

            You guys just want to argue for arguing sake, these things will not take off and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong when they’re released.

            I’m all for advancing technology, hell I love technology, it’s a huge part of my life. But this is something that people are not going to be willing to accept, whether it’s useful or not. People still look at those who talk to themselves funny while using bluetooth headsets, do you honestly think they won’t be ridiculed for wearing something like this?

            Sorry, I’m more than willing to look ahead to the future and accept the fact that it’s impossible to tell what will and won’t catch on, but right now and for the next decade, these glasses will not be the norm, or even a small percentage of the norm.

          • PC_Tool

            Well, I won’t try my hand at prognostication, preferring to leave that to fortune-tellers such as yourself*, but all i know is a lot of folks around these parts (tech sites) seem to absolutely love this idea.

            Whether or not that translates into sales/share is anyone’s guess…but I would say the interest is definitely there, for now.

            *couldn’t resist. Don’t blame me, blame the caffeine.

          • Liderc

            I think what bothers me is the video they released is simply an exaggeration of what they’re capable of. The only reason people are interested here is because they watch the video and get excited about the possible features, when realistically we know that 90% of what’s seen in the video is not possible.

          • PC_Tool

            To be honest, I haven’t even watched the video. By the time I get home, these stories have fallen off my reader.


            I never claimed to be an optimist (I really don’t know anything about irises or optic nerves), but it just seems like some folks want to shoot it down before it even gets, like, real n’ stuff.

          • Liderc

            So you haven’t seen the video of what they say they’re capable of and you’re criticizing my opinion of the possibility of them being a viable consumer item?

            Why do I even bother…

          • PC_Tool

            “you’re criticizing my opinion”

            Absolutely not. You are welcome to your opinion.

            I was having fun with the logic behind calling out someone else’s opinion based on the fact that they haven’t used it when…you haven’t used it.

            That was all.

            In fact, I never criticized you or your opinion….the closest I got was a jab at your fortune-telling..and even that was more of a joke than an insult.

            Relax, man. It’s the internet. Nothing here matters.

          • Liderc

            Apparently it matters enough for you to respond…

          • PC_Tool


            Damn. Some people have seriously thin skin today. Sorry, man. Didn’t mean to get ya all upset. Just found the “never used it’ bit amusing…

            …my bad.

          • Liderc

            I don’t have thin skin, quite the opposite. I was just pointing out that you were involving yourself in a conversation where you weren’t even aware of the product’s supposed abilities. Then you attempted to act like you didn’t care, yet you involved yourself in the conversation, now you’re attempting to act like I have thin skin because I respond to your accusations.

            Apparently defending one’s opinion is the result of thin skin. Funny, I’ve always seen it as someone who’s willing to have a voice.

          • will bartlett

            still being a troll though

          • will bartlett

            still being a troll though

          • Liderc

            I think you need to look up what troll means:

            a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic message in an online community…with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

            I’m discussing the post, the product in the post and my opinion of said post. My intention is not to enrage other’s, simply to voice my opinion of the products viability, which is fairly relevant considering the article is about it being released without many of the UI elements we’ve been seeing.

          • will bartlett

            the glasses are totally viable. they just need to build on what they can do right now. they are limited by tech. it doesnt take a scholar to see that.

          • PC_Tool


            I commented on the logic…don’t care about the product…made no accusations…but whatever…

            This has already gone too far. F*ck it. Whatever.

          • Liderc

            What was that you said about thin skin? heh

          • PC_Tool

            Like fine velvet, actually.

            True story.

          • They don’t have to sell a bajillion units to “take off”. They will most likely be a niche product that will be a fun, new thing to use while Google learns what they’re truly useful for.

        • Do you work for RIM or something? lol

          • Liderc

            Yes, I work for RIM and use a Gnex.

            Have some real geniuses working for you Kellen.

          • LiterofCola

            Psssst. You’re an idiot

          • Liderc

            The typical response of a person who’s obviously well educated.

          • Are you stupid or are you just trolling?

          • Liderc

            The person I responded to said “Pssst, you’re an idiot” and yet you think I’m the one trolling?


          • It just seems your points are contradictory. You say ‘you’ve never used them (the Glasses)’ and then say you wouldn’t find them useful and you don’t need to try them.

            To me, it sounds like it’s one rule for you and another for everyone else. But meh.

          • Liderc

            Of course I’ve never used them, no one has used them except Google employees. My point was, with similar things in the past, these things haven’t taken off. Bluetooth which is actually a useful device is still only used by a very small amount of smart phone users, which leads me to believe the majority are not going to be using this type of device anytime soon.

          • will bartlett

            what are your numbers on how many people use bluetooth. i want sources.

          • Liderc
          • will bartlett

            26% is nobody i guess…

          • Liderc

            just 26% of Americans with Bluetooth headsets say they use it on the daily”

            That means of the people WITH bluetooth headsets, only 26% of them even use them on a daily basis and it dropped 43% in one year. Learn to read.

          • will bartlett

            that doesnt mean no one like you have been saying. i dont think you seem to understand that. there are still a ton of people using them. anyways thats just daily. didnt say they stopped altogether. GG though.

          • Liderc

            Are you in grade school? Do you not understand statistics?

            Here we go, a lesson just for you:

            Lets say 1,000 people own a smart phone and 100 people own a bluetooth headset. Of those 1,000 smart phone users, only 26 people use a blue tooth device daily with that smart phone. So of all the smart phone users, only 2.6% of them are using a blue tooth device.


            Got it?

          • will bartlett

            you cannot assume that at all. you cannot assume that there are only 10% of smartphone owners that own bluetooth headsets.

          • will bartlett

            it doesnt matter though. until you find some updated numbers you are still just being a damn troll. i hate trolls like you with a passion. nothing better to do than act like an idiot on the internet.

          • will bartlett

            it didnt drop 43% in a year either. you learn to read. do not insult my intelligence. plus, this is from 2009. find me some new numbers boy.

          • LiterofCola

            I would suspect both in his case.

      • bluetooth headsets are NOT normal

        • Dr_Buttballs

          How so? I use one everyday while at work and driving, as do other people.

    • Sp4rxx

      I definitely would! I don’t care how it looks! Even if it were the old VR-glasses from back in the day! lol

  • Everything google releases is underwhelming at launch. It always takes a few updates before things really get rolling.

  • Kinda silly. Why spend so much time generating buzz with these demo videos and have the initial offering be totally different? False advertising.

    • MikeCiggy

      The demo wasn’t an ad is was a demonstration of what they plan. Much like Cornings ‘A Day Made of Glass’

    • This isn’t even a product yet, and we a lucky they are sharing what they have brewing in the kitchen. The video is a concept, the product is a prototype at this point as far as I am concerned.

    • Liderc

      Agreed. Not to mention nothing in the video is realistically going to be incorporated into the actual product. It’s a puff piece to gain attention, not a realistic view of the product’s uses.

    • The video is a concept of what could be possible with the Glasses in the future. NOWHERE in the video did they say ‘This is what v1.0 of the glasses will look like’.

  • Droidzilla

    As long as it comes with a Power Level app, it’s all good.

    • Hah! It’s over 9000!

    • jerflash

      you know about 15 developers will come out with there own version of a “scouter” app. if not i will brush up on my coding and make one myself!!!


      Agreed….a limited edition scouter version of Google Glasses….imagine it!

    • I hope the numerical digits on the power reading go past a million otherwise it is likley to explode.

    • El Big CHRIS

      seriously, someone should make a game that shows the power level and by playing (doing something) you can increase the level all the way to 9000!

      • Droidzilla

        What?! 9000?! The Google Glass must be broken.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Hell, I’m shocked we’re even talking about “time of release” already.