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Video: This is How Google Glass Looks and Works While You Interact With It


Dan McLaughlin, an early Google Glass adopter who is part of the Explorer program, has been documenting his entire life with Glass over the last couple of weeks. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Dan was the first to unbox his Glass in that incredibly choppy video when the Explorer editions of Glass first became available. In these two clips we have attached, he takes you on a tour of the UI as he interacts with it, thanks to a screencasting application. 

You’ll see how good the voice recognition is, how Dan interacts with menus by both touching the side of the device and nodding his head back and forth, and how the UI looks in general when returning things like Google Search results. In the second video, you’ll really see how accurate and sensitive the voice recognition is.

Google Glass may look silly as hell on your head, but this type of no-hands interactivity is pretty damn cool. Google I/O, you better have Glass in some form for us to get our hands on, even if it’s for a brief moment.


To see more clips, hit up Dan’s YouTube channel.

  • this may just be my evil side coming out but i really wanna walk past someone wearing it and call out “ok glass google anal leakage” just to see the wearers reaction if it hears me

  • master94

    Can you change the commands, otherwise this wont be usable in a crowd with everyone screaming okay glass.

  • I want to see the directions UI!!!! I understand he probably doesn’t want to show it as it will show his starting destination (which is likely his home) for privacy reasons but directions are one of the really useful built in things on this. Walking around a crowded city it would be great to be able to glance up, rather than having to look like a tourist with your phone up to your face trying to figure out where the heck you are.

  • Did anyone catch the “Galaxy Nexus 2”????

  • EricTheRed


  • Sirx


    Did I do that right?


    God damn it, this is what I’ve been asking for, since Glass was announced. The f*cken HUD view. Thank you!

  • I’m going to wait until it can read my thoughts instead of saying ok glass every time. Maybe 10 years..

    • michael arazan

      Plug it in to the back of your head like a usb port all matrixy-like.

      Why do they need these in glass frames? why not headphone style is what would look better, on top style head phones or back of the head style head phones make it a little less obvious

  • I got lost in that video because he kept getting lost. I really hope its just that he isnt good at this sort of thing instead of the fact that Google Glass is confusing.

  • anezarati

    i hope the os isnt as choppy while its on your head. i would think his screencasting app is causing the choppyness.

  • CoCoCalypso

    In the second video he talks about the acuracy of voice recognition. The only issue I’ve ever had on my phone with Google Now is when there is an abundance of ambient noise. Sure the acuracy is in the high nineties when you’re by yourself, but in my experiance it drops to under fifty in a public setting with a low roar of 3rd party conversation. Or even if the radio is at low volume in your car…
    anyone else?

  • asfasdf

    Don’t mean to be negative, but I am not impressed for $1500

    • NexusPhan69

      I assume people aren’t actually that dumb to think this will cost anywhere near $1500 right?

    • That’s how much you paid to get it early and develop for it. No way they will charge that amount for the general public.

      • asdfsad

        Yes, but the general public isn’t going to be wowed by this.

        • I’m pretty wowed.

        • I’m pretty excited by it. Picture it in your head that this is the first rendition of something that will evolve a lot over the next 5 to 10 years. If you want to be an early adopter, then this is what it’s all about.

        • Warwick

          I believe that the general public can be wowed by this. If Apple can wow a good amount of the public with the i devices, Google can wow people with this.

    • I’m just not feeling it. It looks like a neat toy, but I’d probably get bored with it after a week at the most. I just can’t see any way in hell that this would be a part of my daily life.

      • dsafdsaf

        This is more or less my point. Even at $100 it is a gimmick that I would never use.

      • cns2007

        Well the first mobile phones had to be carried in case. I’m sure many of those that could afford to purchase them at that time, didn’t think they would ever be a part of daily life.

        Point being, you have to start somewhere. This product is in its infancy. Time will tell.

      • mustbepbs

        I know, right? Like I want to be walking around in public saying “Ok Glass” over and over, talking to myself, looking up and down and side to side to get through menus. You’d look like a yahoo.

    • EraserXIV

      While this is cool, I think a Google Watch is much more practical and probably a lot more cost effective too. You could pretty much get 90% of the functionality of the Glass too by tethering it to your phone. You won’t get the first-person camera stuff, but let’s be honest… how often are you actually going to use that?

      Oh and you won’t look as silly as would wearing the glass.

      • Russell Tanner

        A watch could run essentially the same software as Glass, from what I’ve seen in these videos. Wouldn’t it be interesting if they released both? Of course the types of apps that would work well would be different, but a watch could provide the same kind of simple interactions as Glass. Searches, contacts, messages, etc.

        “Ok watch…”

        • EraserXIV

          Yeah they could probably just port whatever is running on the Glass and it would pretty much work already on a watch form factor. Some slight tweaks and polish and the number of times you need to take your phone out of your pocket each day could probably be halved.

          • Russell Tanner

            Or, your smartphone could go away altogether if you could make calls from Glass (or a watch with a headset). Keep your tablet with you for real web browsing and heavier use, and use your accessory to handle the simple things.

            Or does Glass even use mobile data? Or is it just connected to your phone?

          • EraserXIV

            I’m pretty sure it piggybacks off your phone. I don’t think smartphones are going away anytime soon. The larger size of a phone allows you to house a larger battery and a more powerful processor than a watch or the Glass would let you.

            This allows the watch or Glass to be as small and light as possible, while still trying to maximize their run-time, and not to mention, keeping their cost down as well. If you need to do something with more processing power, you would take your phone out anyway.

          • Russell Tanner

            Ok, gotcha. So there are probably not even radios in the thing except Bluetooth. That’s cool though. Like you said, I’m sure that allows Glass to have plenty of battery power in a way it couldn’t if it were actually doing the connecting.

    • Jillxz

      Me either.

  • n900mixalot

    Yes. It’s probably the second time he has connected that GNex to Glass. Nothing to read into.

  • picaso86

    I can’t wait to by this thing.

    • Jake

      I know, write? I can’t weight to bye it either. Buy-buy.

      • He missed a single letter. You just look foolish.

      • Hm..

      • Fattie McDoogles

        If you’re gonna be an ass do it properly… “Eye no, write? Eye can’t weight to bye it either. Buy-by.” Way to not fully commit.

  • duke69111

    That’s probably what he labeled it for Bluetooth. He probably has two galaxy nexuses

    • Yea I figured… though a boy can dream. =/

      • duke69111

        No doubt. G Nexus 2 on Verizon would be nice!

  • bogy25

    Yes I saw that too – hmmmm

  • thedonxr

    Probably his bluetooth name for his phone

  • Glass has better quality than his camera. Who would have thought?