Google Glass receives a minor makeover, starts shipping to developers

Google announced through a post on the Google Glass page at Google+ that they have made modifications to the existing headset using feedback from users of the Explorer edition and will be shipping to developers soon.

The new version of Google Glass comes with a detachable earbud in addition to the bone conduction speaker which was introduced in the first version. Many users have complained about issues with the bone conduction speaker, which probably led to the introduction of the mono-earbud. Google has also revealed that the device will be receiving monthly software updates using the continuous feedback.

Google will be releasing an attachment for Glass which would make it usable with prescription frames in the near future. The attachment would be compatible with the new and earlier versions of Glass. Existing Glass Explorer edition users will be allowed to swap their existing headsets for the new one. The swap program has begun and developers have up to 60 days to decide whether they want the new version. Also, these users now have the opportunity to invite three friends to join the program.

Slashgear has reported that some developers have already started receiving the new Glass headset and images of the new specs have already appeared online.

A patent of the version 2.0 of Glass was filed back in February which looks quite different from what we are seeing here, suggesting that this is just a minor cosmetic change.

Glass was released to developers back in February and will be available for the general public in the coming months.

Source: Google+ | Image via Google

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

Next Story

Microsoft offers Visual Studio 2013 to DreamSpark subscribers

54 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

I thought Chromebooks were a joke, and maybe Windows 8 gets alot of hate, and even perhaps maybe Windows Phone is slow in playing catch-up, and maybe Nokia should have went with Android, and perhaps Windows RT was a flop, and perhaps the iPhone 5s is really a very evolutionary upgrade, and yes the iPhone 5c was just Apple's way of increasing profit margins, ...

...but yet, none, I mean NONE, of these are worse than Google Glasses.

Edited by FalseAgent, Nov 2 2013, 4:12pm :

You forgot Galaxy Gear. Depending on how you look at it, Gear is arguably slightly more or slightly less desirable than Glass.

R-Zone, I can see AVGN jumping all over this thing.

Razer and Gunners need to team up and make a set that looks like real glasses (not that DBZ scouter appearance) and hide the bulk by using 10nm technology.

Long term this might work but we know how short Google is. I am guessing - just like their smartwatches - the featureset is going to be so poor that people will return them

Google is an extremely rich resources company and the biggest difference of google and apple is every time Apple unveil a new type of product it always work right out of the box and people quickly adopt and get use to it but Google doesn't take things seriously as much as Apple because most of their new creation is pretty much an experiment rather game changer.

They don't seem to care whether or not it will really change the way you do things but it's just few minutes wow when Google introduce something new and few days later nobody else ever remember about it. This is what set Google apart from Apple.

Edited by Master of Earth, Nov 2 2013, 2:38pm :

Apple has produced far more flops than successes. We thought they were going to go under for a while. It was building DRM into the hardware that was the key to making it a successful company.

Windows 11 will provide a new experience worldwide , something we have seen only in movies. Google already starts to roll out the "schematic " .
I bet.

Spicoli said,
I thought they would have quietly dropped this disaster. Never underestimate corporate momentum over common sense.

There is potential if they can get it right. It will take time. In 10 years time we will probably look back and laugh.

Seems to me when Google glass is refined to the point where it's not instantly recognized on your face and allows you to walk down the street seeing little pop-ups on everyone you meet or maybe whisper in your ear info you want when talking with someone, they will become very desirable. Today, we know when you're using information technology, we can see each other looking at screens etc., soon you won't know when someone is doing it and believe it or not, that's something people will very much want.

In ten years, this will be as common as bluetooth is now. The surveillance state on steroids, but you will like what it does for you personally and tolerate it...sound familiar?

Spicoli said,
That's not a refinement. That would be a completely new product, and no one has even shown a demo display that can do that.

It is a future evolution of this type of technology.

shinji257 said,

It is a future evolution of this type of technology.

That's the hypothetical scifi guess on what someone might be able to do in the future. We have to stick with what they're actually doing, and it looks pretty lame to me.

TMYW said,
Ugh. Please don't send any more these "Look at me! I'm a douchebag!" devices out into the wild.

The majority of people I know wear some type of glasses, with the rest probably going to at some point in their life anyway.

I wear glasses for long distance and while I tend to go for the more smaller frames, I have friends that have really thick frames and it suite them well.

It shouldn't be so hard to conceive the idea that regular glasses could one day act as a 'smart glass' much in the way google's glass works right now. Regular glasses with all types of frames could be used to hide the hardware.

We already have frames for glasses that do video recording, and have done for at least a couple of years that I know of. Bikers who forgo the use of go-pro and drift headsets commonly make use of them from a purely safety point of view regardless of if they need glasses for corrective vision.
Having that same safety aspect as well as heads up display for useful features would be great.

I'm sure once technology paces fast enough, Google's ugliness will be hidden out of view and we'll be left with "douchebags" wearing regular corrective glasses, with this technology as a bonus.

Sucks to have perfect vision

sagum said,

It shouldn't be so hard to conceive the idea that regular glasses could one day act as a 'smart glass' much in the way google's glass works right now. Regular glasses with all types of frames could be used to hide the hardware.

I'd rather conceive the idea that one day nobody will need corrective eyewear at all. Instead, we'd walk into a doctor's office and walk out after a 10-minute procedure to correct our vision. I think we're closer to that than we are to having these ridiculous looking things being socially-acceptable.

TMYW said,

I'd rather conceive the idea that one day nobody will need corrective eyewear at all. Instead, we'd walk into a doctor's office and walk out after a 10-minute procedure to correct our vision. I think we're closer to that than we are to having these ridiculous looking things being socially-acceptable.

We've had corrective laser procedure for a while now. I took my sister when she had her eyes done. It only took a couple of minutes. We were at the doctor's office for about an hour in total with waiting times, pre-consultation, signing forms etc was the lonest part.
Since then her husband has had it done, my sister in-law and a niece have also had it done. It only works with certain eye problems and for the next few weeks you're super sensitive to light and your eyes are gritty.
But for what actually happens during the procedure, it's rather expensive and doesn't stop your eyes from losing their focus as you get older or continue to damage them (ie, using monitor/watching TV for prolonged periods without an eye rest).

Aside from that, there are also reports of contact lenses with technology built into them for augmented views, but of course we'll lose everything that makes smart glasses more then just a heads up display.

Also another problem is you can't use one yet if you actually ware prescription glasses yet... It's going to be complete fail, just like VR headsets and the way 3D cinema is going now.

I've seen pics of a guy wearing prescription glasses (or sunglasses ?) with Google glass, I think they already thought of this problem.
No, the obvious issue (beside price that would eventually drop one day),
is that it would be mind numbing somehow : not being able to do anything , without being "connected" to the web. Oh and I guess, this device would be the ultimate dream of the NSA.

It says there working on a designer version which will include prescription lens... So obviously you will have to buy glasses made by them, with a higher price I bet too.

Star-Pirate said,
Also another problem is you can't use one yet if you actually ware prescription glasses yet... It's going to be complete fail, just like VR headsets and the way 3D cinema is going now.

They have said that once it goes public it will be ready for people with prescriptions.

I am really going to have to start practising not to laugh at that one person who I will see wearing these ridiculously ugly things around town. Has Google really learnt nothing? 3D doesn't take off in earnest because people don't like wearing glasses. Contact lenses are so popular because hey, guess what, people don't like wearing glasses. These will remain a niche item for those few individuals who just don't care how dumb they look.

Google knows this. They said this from the start. That is why glass is still an experiment. They're trying to work out the kinks now so that when they can make these small enough for most people to want to wear, they will have a solid product to offer.

TheDogsBed said,
These will remain a niche item for those few individuals who just don't care how dumb they look.

If people would stop putting too much thought and care into how other people look the world would be a better place.

TheDogsBed said,
I am really going to have to start practising not to laugh at that one person who I will see wearing these ridiculously ugly things around town. Has Google really learnt nothing? 3D doesn't take off in earnest because people don't like wearing glasses. Contact lenses are so popular because hey, guess what, people don't like wearing glasses. These will remain a niche item for those few individuals who just don't care how dumb they look.

Rules in making technology.

First figure out and fix the software then worry about its size.

Right now they are trying to make sure the software works the way it should and learn what people want then they will work to make it more streamlined.

Future evolutions of these could involve having the display integrated into the lens itself and the wiring run through the arms of the glasses and even further down the road (once we have the tech) could be in bio-implants where the eyes are either overlaid, modified, or replaced to have the interface visual and then wired in some way so that audio goes directly to the brain.

First evolution is probably 10 years down and the second one is probably 30+.

when google first announced this, is was cool. Now a few years on it looks like old technology. The device is just far too big and bulky now. It looks silly

Too much techonology in our lives. Smart mobiles, smart watches, electronic glasses. All of them that add more magnetic fields and radiations (and stress) to our bodies.

Is that the future we want? What we want to become? Borgs? Fat asses like in Wall-E that cannot walk anymore? (of course, our legs would be not better than an electronic "smart" chair... /s)

Slowly, we are transforming ourselves in parasites, as our technology "progress" (i.e. useless gadgets) become more and more a burden for the nature and environment.

That's not progress, that's human values degradation.

See the chinese "smog" for example:
http://world.time.com/2013/10/...e-smog-may-be-here-to-stay/

Go spout your crap somewhere else. Luddite.

The part about magnetic fields and radiations adding stress to our bodies made me lol the hardest.

P.S. We had smog in the UK in the 50s. You know what solved it? Technology.

Humans are and always have been parasites. Though technology changes our behaviour and I think we all need to take a step back and realising how we're acting towards each other. The internet has caused the worst in people to come out because of anonymity.

Mortis said,
Too much techonology in our lives. Smart mobiles, smart watches, electronic glasses. All of them that add more magnetic fields and radiations (and stress) to our bodies.

Is that the future we want? What we want to become? Borgs? Fat asses like in Wall-E that cannot walk anymore? (of course, our legs would be not better than an electronic "smart" chair... /s)

Slowly, we are transforming ourselves in parasites, as our technology "progress" (i.e. useless gadgets) become more and more a burden for the nature and environment.

That's not progress, that's human values degradation.

I agree 100%. I'm an IT manager and I can't friggin wait to unplug and retire to the one spot left on earth with no cellular, internet, or wifi, if thats going to even be possible by then

Google Glass is going to be one of the biggest flops Google has ever produced. I have a feeling that wearable gadgets are a passing fad....

Caleb said,
Google Glass is going to be one of the biggest flops Google has ever produced. I have a feeling that wearable gadgets are a passing fad....

A passing fad? Are you serious?

They may have jumped in too early as technology isn't quite there yet imo but within 5-10 years it will be. Everyone will want this stuff when its a little smaller and sleeker.

Google said from the outset that the first few versions of glass were just going to be an experiment that they didn't think would sell well. They're just preparing themselves and everyone else for when the tech gets there.

I disagree, I think integrating ourselves with technology is the future. Wearing them to start and then embedding into body next

Caleb said,
Google Glass is going to be one of the biggest flops Google has ever produced. I have a feeling that wearable gadgets are a passing fad....

In a few years, I want you to remember this statement.

ashpowell said,
I disagree, I think integrating ourselves with technology is the future. Wearing them to start and then embedding into body next

Well, I was afraid to be accused of being "conspiracist", by using the words "transhumanist agenda"; but after reading this, you seem to have the same idea.

bigmehdi said,

Well, I was afraid to be accused of being "conspiracist", by using the words "transhumanist agenda"; but after reading this, you seem to have the same idea.

I don't think it's conspirator thinking, It's the way things are naturally going. Technology is getting smaller and we're becoming more involved with it. From PC's to Smart Phones, now to Google Glass and Smart watches.. When technology is small and smart enough I think it will integrate with our bodies - Fitness apps etc

ashpowell said,
I disagree, I think integrating ourselves with technology is the future. Wearing them to start and then embedding into body next

We are borg, resistance is futile.
•insert mass effect/deus ex game reference as well.

Vinylchan said,
Still looking for consumer version of the PipBoy

It shouldn't become a consumer version. Since the Pipboy is used in a vault by vault-tec personnel should mean it will be used to say.. tell you if you're in a hazardous environment, if your limbs are broken, tell you where to go, etc..

Caleb said,
Google Glass is going to be one of the biggest flops Google has ever produced. I have a feeling that wearable gadgets are a passing fad....

Wearable tech is a very common things in movies and shows in the scifi genre so this is a natural evolution of tech. Right now it doesn't seem like much but it will become mainstream within a matter of years. At one point cars, computers, consoles, airplanes, and touch screens were not seen too highly either yet they are very much common and mainstream now.

M4x1mus said,

A passing fad? Are you serious?

They may have jumped in too early as technology isn't quite there yet imo but within 5-10 years it will be. Everyone will want this stuff when its a little smaller and sleeker.

Google said from the outset that the first few versions of glass were just going to be an experiment that they didn't think would sell well. They're just preparing themselves and everyone else for when the tech gets there.

I think 5-10 years is way too optimistic. Google Glass has 3 issues, none of which can be addressed in that period of time.

1. The majority of people will not want another device that must be charged daily.
2. Many people wear corrective eyewear, and the current Glass won't work unless you're wearing contacts.
3. It needs to be have compelling technology without looking like a cyborg outfit.

Even if such technology becomes fine one day, it would be mind numbing.
You'd me more distracted, with more deficit of attention.

Talys said,

I think 5-10 years is way too optimistic. Google Glass has 3 issues, none of which can be addressed in that period of time.

1. The majority of people will not want another device that must be charged daily.
2. Many people wear corrective eyewear, and the current Glass won't work unless you're wearing contacts.
3. It needs to be have compelling technology without looking like a cyborg outfit.

1 - this device will render smarthphones obsolete, once it functions as idealized.
2 - when released it will; this is already addressed.
3 - this is a first release, did you ever saw a ENIAC? or a very first Nokia? not too compelling, ergonomical or even practical and many said it will fail and guess what? it didn't.

Praetor said,

this is a first release, did you ever saw a ENIAC? or a very first Nokia? not too compelling, ergonomical or even practical and many said it will fail and guess what? it didn't.

I never said that Glass-like hardware will "fail". I simply believe the technology is more than 5-10 years away. It's not a question of refining current technology; it's an issue of overcoming significant technical challenges.

Talys said,

I never said that Glass-like hardware will "fail". I simply believe the technology is more than 5-10 years away. It's not a question of refining current technology; it's an issue of overcoming significant technical challenges.

But the only technical challenge you mentioned that might not be overcome in 5-10 years is the battery life. It can already be integrated with normal eyewear and do you really think they cant make it a lot smaller in 5-10 years??

5 years is optimistic, sure; that;s why I said 5-10. But 10 is not even remotely optimistic. By then I don't see a reason why it couldn't be made into a thin band that sits above your eyebrows, with a small battery pack that sits behind one or both ears. Think of the sort of phones we were using 10 years ago.