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Google Posts ‘Ok, Glass’ To Show Us the UI of Google Glass

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As members of the public, we might not get our hands on Google Glass for a good while, but developers are out there right now making things awesome for Google’s wearable computer. People are working with Google to find out exactly how to make a user interface that works inside your constant vision. Google’s newest video today shows where they hope Glass ends up when consumers finally get their devices. 

The video shows off Glass doing a multitude of different things – hosting Hangouts while flying planes (which seems a bit dangerous), taking photos or videos during certain activities and even giving heads-up directions while you’re biking through NYC. The whole interface starts when Glass hears you say “Ok, Glass.” It’s a cool concept and the video is pretty awesome to watch, but who knows how far along Glass actually is to what we’re seeing in the video. We can only hope that Google is hard at work to get there as soon as possible.

What is it going to take to get you to buy a Glass device?


  • put it on the play store and take my money. as an artist having the google images always in my periphery would mean no more gnex battery swaps because i’m keeping the screen on constantly. i would have my reference where i needed it.

  • I’m assuming they’ll have this with a contract so you can actually DO all of those things (like sharing and posting pics and videos, navigation, etc) so I would prefer a wi-fi version and just use foxfi. That should lower the price some more too.

  • tharealoc

    Where’s the clip of them playing Ingress?..Imagine augmented reality gaming with these.

    Google is doing what all companies should be striving to do, innovating new tech. creating new things, moving us forward. It is time to start saving for the production model. I hope i don’t have enough time if you get my drift.

  • nightscout13

    I can’t believe how much you guys are drinking the Google Kool-Aid. Demand truth for pete’s sake! This is obviously not a real in-person experience, this is a fake. The real Project Glass has a frame that is connected to the HUD, which is obviously not visible in the video. I want one of these myself, but at least tell readers this is a mock video, not the actual device…..wow……

    • tharealoc

      What you are saying is that people are thinking that somehow all these clips were shot looking through the glass?…pretty sure the readers here understand that there is no way to capture glass actually being used. the video is showing you what it would look like if you were wearing them. you would see a small display in the upper right of your vision. do you want them to draw in the frame? everyone has different ranges of peripheral vision. Yes it is a mock up, but it is what you can expect it to look like when you wear them. =)

      Oh I can’t wait to drink the Kool-Aid!…but I think Google will be calling it Key-lime Pie

      • nightscout13

        Like I said i’m also excited to get my hands on a pair pf these, and maybe somehow incorporate them into my Oakleys, but I think what Google is doing here is wrong, they keep releasing mock videos but to this day have not showed us an actual working prototype of the HUD. It’s been almost a year since the prototype was used in San Francisco, yet still not actual device? I dunno…..All i’m saying is stop releasing these fake videos, and show us the REAL goods, cause that’s what we want.

  • Spencer

    When you’re in a hangout, do they see what you see, or do they see your damn eye? haha

  • joejoe5709

    Cool stuff. When it comes to untested tech, I’m a pretty cautious buyer. I’d probably wait for two things: 1.) The price to be approximately the same as a smartphone $300-400. 2.) Reviews of its usefulness and practicality. And even then I’d probably wait for a second generation. That way there will be plenty of devs, apps, and most of the kinks worked out. And hopefully by then there will be more than three people in my city walking around talking to their glasses like a crazy person. Haha.

    • joejoe5709

      Most of what I liked from this video was the “ok glass” prompt. I’d like to see more of this type of thing in tech – like a “Google” prompt to wake up your phone and open voice commands.

      • Droidzilla

        You know you can do that in Now, right? One of my favourite features of it.

  • meijin3

    It’s over 9000!

    I want one so I can pretend I’m using a scouter.

    • baconslayer09

      That alone would be worth $1500.

  • RW-1

    I’d love to see this integrated into Ingress … 🙂

  • RW-1

    As a heli Pilot, I’d say glass didn’t interfere with their ability to safely fly the aircraft, it just requires the same diligence when your attention is tot eh glass screen area than looking outside, or in the cockpit for instrument scans, etc. Visual flying is done eyes outside anyways … 🙂 I was just having a conversation with someone on how Google should give us an idea (since the stores are not open yet…) on what Glass looks like …

  • Stewie

    Don’t Glass me bro ! 🙂

  • This is pretty cool, but I hear Apple is hard at work on adding a 6th row of icons to the iPhone!! Now that’s innovation!

    • Kernschatten

      This made my day!

      • Abhisshack D

        Mein too 😉

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    That gave me goosebumps……wow.

  • What I loved that was new to me:

    1. Navigation: HUD for turn by turn is awesome, now add your current speed to the display
    2. Google Now: It looked like they’re pushing the Google Now information into the display which is awesome, those cards would be perfect for the small display.

    What I wish it had:

    1. Google Goggles: Where is the shot of them looking up a movie review just by glancing at the cover of a DVD? Where is the video of them pulling up someone’s Linked-In profile just by glancing at their business card? Scan a QR code and pop up the website?
    2. Augmented Reality: We should be able to look at the door to a restaurant and be presented with a menu and Yelp reviews. How about a shot at night that includes Google Sky Map?
    3. Other Device Interaction: This could link up with a Power Point presentation and cycle through your notes pages on Glass as you advance the slides on the computer. This could add additional display capacity to our smart phones (like the multi-window function on the Note2) allowing us to watch/read on glass while typing on phone.

    • JMonkeYJ

      all awesome ideas

  • VIphoneFan

    what about people that already where glasses?

    • Images have already surfaced of people with glasses also wearing google glass…so no worries.

  • Jonathan

    no way those wouldn’t fall off on a roller coaster…

    • Droidzilla

      I don’t know. The front facing area is much lower than normal glasses, so it’s possible. That seemed to be a pretty tame coaster, though.

      • Dylan

        That was the Cyclone in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

  • Phil

    It will not take anything more to convince me, from the moment it was announced, I was in.

  • Thatguy

    Here’s what I wanna know: how does this stuff stay on your head? Ducktape? I can’t even wear regular shades when active for fear of them falling off repeatedly – I sure wouldn’t want to wear a multi-hundred-dollar piece of equipment that can shatter when snowboarding.

    • mustbepbs

      It’s Google. Nothing ever goes wrong.

    • Matthew Bohr

      the nosepiece is supposed to grab.tha battery is behind your ear

  • Gy

    Uh, the entire time I couldn’t help but feel that thing was incredibly obtrusive. I’ll stick to regular vision

    • LegalAmerican

      I agree. It reminds me of indoor plumbing. THAT was so freaking obtrusive, yet everyone jumped on board. Indoor toilets at midnight during the winter? No thank you! I’ll stick to my outdoor frozen toilet seat. Everyone always trying to control our lives……..

  • It’s life… with popups!!

  • SexciiP

    Looks great, but sadly I’d have no use for it. I don’t do all of the cool things these people do. it’ll be nice to view their moments on YouTube tho.

  • Verizon

    And the POV porn industry goes wild!

    • itznfb

      GoPro already took care of that.

      • Droidzilla

        Or, you know, just a regular digital camera. Unless people are doing XTREME porn where they get it on while base jumping.

        • zurginator

          Challenge Accepted!

        • qwopzxnm

          The GoPros are waterproof

        • itznfb

          Sometimes you gotta hold on with both hands.

  • Droidzilla

    I just don’t know that my life is interesting enough to take advantage of this. I’m not hot air ballooning up to parachute down to my private plane which I’ll fly to Barcelona to ride a roller coaster and then perform some acrobatics before going out for a horse ride to the beach where I’m going SCUBA diving.

    • Do you ever use navigation? Do you ever want to send text messages when your hands are full? Would you like to instagram your food whilst eating it? I don’t think you have to do any of this interesting stuff to still take advantage of it.

      • Droidzilla

        The navigation part would be nice; I also like the ski slope part. I’m more being sarcastic as Google always seems to show their stuff off with people doing things that 99% of us will probably never do. I’d love to see the pragmatic aspects of this tech highlighted more. The guy biking in NY was a plus as was the birthday Hangout, but most of the rest of it was just fluff.

        Unless they gave one of these to an astronaut in the ISS. Then I don’t care how removed that is from my life; I’m buying it.

        • itznfb

          Stop making us think about how lame our lives are and let us pretend we are watching what we’ll be doing tomorrow :p

        • Dillon Brown

          while I’m totally with ya, on the whole hipster garbage stuff too, but for me as an anthropologist/ archaeologist this is mind-blowingly incredible for the research possibilities. For first person video for ethnographic documentation and excavation records, this would be truly revolutionary for my field. I’m so excited

    • e_droid

      Of course they are going to display ‘extreme’ situations where you can use them. However, say you were traveling / going on vacation. I personally would love these to kind of map out my adventure and get some information at stuff I am looking at. I would love a pair of these, definitely more ways to take advantage of them.

      • Droidzilla

        It’s not “of course;” it’s getting like Verizon showing their phones fending off hoards of robot ninjas. Just marketing fluff.

        • That would be a cool marketing campaign!

          • Droidzilla

            Just wait for Verizon Droid branded Google Glass. It’ll be like a Borg invasion.

          • itznfb

            I doubt Google would ever let Verizon touch Glass. Unlocked GSM only FTW.

          • michael arazan

            Glass will be great… on Dish/ Google carrier when it opens no other carrier will have it.

            Also with HD videos 1080 takes a gb every 10 minutes or so so it better have more than 32 gb of storage

    • OreoMan

      I do all of that before lunch! :/

      • palomosan

        I do all of that after drinking a Five Hour Energy drink.

      • I did all of that while recording My debute album,

    • Joseph Joffe

      As a soon to be parent of twins, I would love to be able to take photos or videos of the kids, while my hands are probably going to be literally and figuratively full at all times.

      In fact, forget about the heads-up directions and everything else. (Assuming I could get one for a reasonable price – not $1500) I’d buy one today, just to be able to take photos and videos handsfree, and share them directly via my google services to friends/family, grandparents. Also, I can see google glass hangouts being very cool, considering that the twins grandparents live on opposite ends of the country – might be a fun way to let them peek in for first crawl moments, first words, etc.

      • Guest

        you could always get the camera headset Looxcie, it snot like Google Glass by any means but you wear it like a bluetooth headset and it does HD video, so you still get that first person view video and it can be streamed live according to the makers. I wish this was available when my little boy was born 18 months ago

  • leenephi

    Very, very cool. Definitely excited for this!

  • Bionicman

    better price for me and im in. i dont want to put down a down payment for a car on a piece of tech but damn it looks awesome. the UI is damn near perfect for me personally

  • Mark

    Personally, i think the technology shown in the video looks pretty awesome, just showing off some of the minor things it can do really impressed me. But would i ever buy one? No, maybe i don’t have enough friends haha or tie ins with social networks to bother, but i think the concept is phenomenal and i cant wait to see what they do next.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    Looks very nice. But I wanted to see a ‘what else’ they can do with it. It’s been a year and the recording plus voice commands were sorta expected from the get go. Still, +1 Google

  • Bradley Albert Nemitz

    Check out http://www.google.com/glass/ too. They’re running a contest to become a “Glass Explorer”.

    • Sean Lally

      Still have to cough up the $1500 though.

  • Better anti-shake and a price much MUCH lower than $1,500.

    • Droidzilla

      $1500 is for the developer unit and entry into the program. No one expects retail to be anywhere close to that.

  • What’s it going to take for me to buy? Prescription Google Glass. And a less-than-$1500 price tag.

    • Droidzilla

      I heard a rumour a while back that they were working on getting his into prescription lenses and a left side option, too.

    • itznfb

      I’d pay $1500 for this. Especially if I could get it in my prescription I wear everyday.

    • pete

      man i would even pay 1500 for this thing!!!!

    • Nathan Buth

      1500 is for the explorer edition. They have said that they are wanting to release them publicly in 2014 for a $300-$600 pricetag which is more than reasonable to me. And the prescription version I am sure will be coming out for the commercial release of the device. ;D

  • Ok glass…protect me from these cops violating my rights

    • Austin Warren

      Don’t take ma guns

      • Roberto Taylor

        Don’t tase me bro!

        • Austin Warren

          Guilty until proven innocent

          • michael arazan

            America, the best court system money can buy

    • Droidzilla

      Although I do so love to watch dirty OWS people getting maced.