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Google Glass Revised Hardware Makes First Appearance, Along With Earbud

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Yesterday, the Google Glass team announced that they had created new hardware, and that current Glass Explorers would have the one-time option to swap out their original Glass unit for the new version. The new version of glass will work with “future lines of shades and prescription frames,” so if those were a missing piece in your Glass experience, be sure to swap. They also announced a new referral program and an earbud attachment that would come with the new Glass hardware. Today, we’re getting a look at the revised Glass along with the earbud. It looks…the same, plus an earbud. 

I’m not sure I was expecting drastic hardware changes to the new Glass, but I was expecting a little more than this. Maybe I just can’t see the changes since I’m not currently a Glasshole, however, we are going to try and change that thanks to the new referral program. Also, the earbud must be an option for those experiencing audio issues with the bone conduction audio. It looks silly, but hey, Glass already looks sort of silly.

Who jumped on the referral program with us?

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Via:  +Google Glass

Cheers @zwrose!

  • NoWay

    Major nerd alert. Please go away, Glass.

  • remark900
  • Just_Some_Nobody

    I’ll wait for the contact lens version.

  • lye

    That girl has huge eyes.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Looks pretty much the same. Better be waterproof as it will be all over the gyms when it comes out. If allowed. Lol. This really isn’t meant for public occasions. But personally I would love it for driving. And for watching football. And for work definitely.

  • Bill Hill

    Might as well give the other ear an earpiece now

  • TheOiulkj

    You know how people like to look back and laugh at really old bricky cellphones? Google glass is kind of like that, and it’s not even out yet.

  • Jaxon Wright

    I’d rather have the bone induction sound (or whatever that’s called)

  • jb

    not a snowballs chance in hell I’d wear that. Not that a give a damn what people think of me. But I give a damn what I think of me and I think I’d look like an idiot (same thing I’d think of anyone wearing that crap). Until glass is slimmed down and doesn’t look different from regular glasses, Google shouldn’t expect massive uptake.

    • michael arazan

      Hipsters will love it, More Glasses without lenses to wear

  • Ej McCarty

    if they come with the girl in the picture… count me in for 2 😉

  • Peter Dang

    I am soon going to be an adopted parent. I would love to get an invite / referral to build an app for foster & adopted parents. If you can share your invite, I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance!

    • Chris

      adopted parent? You mean you are gonna adopt a child?

      • Peter Dang

        Yes Chris. I just got certified by LA county to adopt a child. If you know someone that have a spare invite and would like to hear my idea about the app, please let me know. Thanks for asking.

  • wearables

    So dumb.

  • interstellarmind

    Yikes, did these get bigger or what? what’s next, Google Helmet?

  • Radgatt

    That is slightly different from what I tried out in Durham, NC back on October 5. Nothing major though.

  • D.B.Evans

    To me, Glass is being marketed wrong. I’ve never understood where these would ever be practical for personal use – too bulky and ugly looking. But, for business use, they have a huge amount of potential. Use in factories, warehouses, call centers, medical workers, police, etc. In all these business scenarios, I can see uses for having wearable access to various databases of information and for the ability to upload video feeds. The true potential isn’t in consumers accessing the internet and playing games. The true value is in purpose-written apps for specific corporate uses.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      I’ve thought of this, as many others have. Thing is I couldnt afford to get one, so I wont be able to develop the app I have in mind. hopefully when the price drops…

    • Ryan

      Google Glass isn’t really being marketed much currently. Its still just an experiment at the moment to see what the market might be like. There is a potential in the consumer market, but its a matter of finding it. The current price is extremely high, and is roughly 3 months of my paycheck just to afford one of them.

      But only time will tell how successful something like this might be.

      • MK17

        There is no current price! Just because they sold them to “explorers” for $1500 does not mean that is the price point.

      • morgan boyle

        they price was rumored to be in the $300-$400 range. at that price a lot of people will buy. NOT the masses but you will see them here and there. and you can be sure that it will be used video sector.

  • cwillen

    They can improve the hardware all they went, but until they slim them down, no one in the general public is going to wear these things. Until then, it’ll be the wealthy nerds badge of honor.

  • meijin3

    If I were a Glasshole, I’d totally keep the collector’s edition OG Glass.

  • joejoe5709

    Definitely the future of tech, but currently only for the nerds. When this thing gets slimmed down in 5 years, I’ll be game. Until then, smartwatch please! 🙂

  • cwillen

    Google’s #1 goal for the new Glass hardware was to make the wearer look even more awkward in public. Obviously the redesign was a clear success.

  • Droidzilla

    Don’t care; I’d wear it. I couldn’t care less what people think I look like (which is evident if you ever see me).

  • Adamania

    Lol. “Glasshole”.

    • michael arazan

      With that remark, we can assume he’s still not a fan

  • Morbid138

    They went full retard. Never go full retard.

    • Alex Boro

      *They went full cyborg. Never go full cyborg.

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Does this really count as full cyborg though?

      • *They went full cyborg, Always go full cyborg.

  • Suralin

    I wonder if the ear bud is to address the issue of not-so-great sound when it came to playing music? It looks like it could be optional jack?

    • cwillen

      I think the earbud was to address the 1% of wearers who didn’t feel ostracized by wearing glass.

      • jt O’Brien

        I don’t understand how people think Glass ostracizes people. The whole point of Glass is the opposite. Instead of looking down on your phone all the time missing all the wonderful things happening around you, you can have it all in front of you together.

        • cwillen

          I totally agree that was the “point” of Glass, I’m just suggesting it’s not succeeded.

          Instead, you’re this random person wearing this strange thing on your head (which a majority of people would agree also makes you look ridiculous), and people don’t know if you’re recording them, taking their picture, or what you’re looking at.

          Now, I do actually think it’s a great idea in theory. Having a device that blends in with your everyday life and doesn’t interfere is a great idea. However, the current design of Glass just draws too much attention to itself and in turn carries a social stigma with it.

          • lollerholler

            It’s an experimental program and not a final product yet. The people wearing these do so knowing they are going to look a little silly but do so because they wish to be the first adopters that help develop it into the real thing. It doesn’t need to blend in just yet.

  • viewthis66

    i still don’t see myself wearing this thing… it’s cool but not for me just yet…

  • Blue Sun

    I really hope that earpiece is removable.

    • I’d imagine it is. Likely a headphone jack under the body.

      • TacticalChunder

        it’s plugged into the usb charging port. The sound is impossible to hear if you’re in a room with any decent amount of ambient noise, so this is likely to help address that. It’s terribly frustrating when you get a call and can’t hear, have to turn off bluetooth and then pull out your phone.

    • Chris

      look at where its connected.

    • decidedtochangename

      The official statement says it is.

  • Colton

    its sucking brain data

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  • RaptorOO7

    Nice to see updated designs but when the hell are we actually going to see a product that is available to the general public and ISN’T $1500?

    • MichelleEmNair

      just as Chad responded I’m shocked that a student can get paid $8028 in 1 month on the computer. my company ✈✈ http://www.ℬay35.ℂℴℳ

    • Chris

      who in their right mind would wear such a thing (besides nerds and paid models)

      • Ryan

        Me! I have no problem going full nerd with these lol.

  • Derrick James

    google glass giveaaway….? 😀

  • Ray Gray

    Um not what i thought it would be still looks too bulky