New Google Glass "OK Glass" UI video released; pre-orders expand

It's been nearly a year since Google first announced its plans for "Project Glass", a set of smart glasses that will offer users a variety of interactive features. Google's been quiet about its progress for a little while but today the company offered up a new video that shows how Google Glass (its official name) will work from the perspective of its owners.

The video clip on YouTube shows Google Glass being used in a variety of locations and situations. Owners are shown recording video via voice command, which starts out by the owners saying "OK Glass" before performing a tasks. That feautre appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. They were also using it for two-way video communication, with the people on the other side seeing what the Google Glass owner is wearing. The clip shows that voice commands can access information such as weather, GPS, language translation, and more from within the glasses' HUD. Users can also receive and read texts messages and pictures from others and see them in the HUD.

Google launched pre-orders for Google Glass several months ago, but they were meant for developers and certain members of the media. They were also priced out of most people's reach at $1,500. While the price of getting a pre-order device has not gone down, Google announced a new way for more people to get access to the pre-production version with a new contest.

The contest is called "If I Had Glass" and asks people to write, in 50 words or less, what they would do if they got Google Glass. The entries must be posted on Twitter or Google+ with the hashtag #ifihadglass. Users can also upload pictures or even a short video to accompany their entry. The deadline is February 27th. If you are one of the people Google picks, you will not only have to purchase the $1,500 pre-production model but you must also attend an event to pick them the glasses up in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

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Why? What's the current battery like. I assume you know because you said it needs better battery hardware. As in better than what it currently uses. Please, enlighten me.

ACTIONpack said,
Pretty good but how much will it be?

$1,500 for now but probably will be cheaper when mass produce for the whole world.

Despite our leanings most of us can agree that the idea is neat. However, I can't be the only one who wonders how this is really possible. This isn't criticism, this is confusion. I'm looking for a real discussion.

They're going to cram, wifi, LTE, Bluetooth, camera, a very good microphone, gps and some sort of display into something light enough to rest on my glasses.

1. That doesn't seem possible to miniaturize all those components enough. Even if you ran a wire to a belt unit, the components needed at the top seem like they'd be a tight fit.

2. All those things running drain cell phones with huge batteries very quickly.

3. Is anyone else worried about someone else yelling 'Go Glass Email "You're Ugly!!" To Address book behind you? This sort of thing happened with the voice navigation when Vista launched. Or just innocently picking up someone else's commands nearby, like a restaurant.

Again, I'm not being a dick, I'm interested in answering how some serious technical hurdles would be cleared.

Screen in glasses connected via bluetooth to the cellphone in your pocket which is actually doing all the work.

You can probably customize the keyword that you need to use to actually do anything and probably gets trained to your voice for that word only. an accelerometer used right could detect whether you're actually talking or not and technology found in that (jawbone?) bluetooth headset could make sure that it only hears your voice.

Edited by Mark, Feb 20 2013, 5:38pm :

echostorm said,
Despite our leanings most of us can agree that the idea is neat. However, I can't be the only one who wonders how this is really possible. This isn't criticism, this is confusion. I'm looking for a real discussion.

They're going to cram, wifi, LTE, Bluetooth, camera, a very good microphone, gps and some sort of display into something light enough to rest on my glasses.

1. That doesn't seem possible to miniaturize all those components enough. Even if you ran a wire to a belt unit, the components needed at the top seem like they'd be a tight fit.

2. All those things running drain cell phones with huge batteries very quickly.

3. Is anyone else worried about someone else yelling 'Go Glass Email "You're Ugly!!" To Address book behind you? This sort of thing happened with the voice navigation when Vista launched. Or just innocently picking up someone else's commands nearby, like a restaurant.

Again, I'm not being a dick, I'm interested in answering how some serious technical hurdles would be cleared.


Let me ask, why all these assumptions?

Why does it need LTE?
Why does it need GPS?
When it has Bluetooth, why can't it get it from the phone how it is intended to be used?

Why are you assuming voice commands are always live. Wouldn't you think it would be a button that needs to be pressed to deliver commands? Or if you are on a particular app, they would be live when it was open.

The way I see it, the notifications are live. When a notification is received, you have the opportunity to deliver an action.

I'm not being a dick either but I see a lot of assumptions on your part (which is good) because at least you can better understand the technology now.

Am i the only one to see what's going to be the number 1 usage of this tech?
Porn!!
Creating a video gallery of your conquests beats notches on bedposts...

Okay Glass, I have -7 in one eye and +3 in my other, cylinders in both. Now go and correct that!
I probably end up with a Google add for a dog and a walking stick right…?

Wow I cannot begin to express how underwhelming that is. If anyone actually believes its going to work like that! especially in noisy environments, idea has merit, however not for everyday use

Torolol said,
with glasses, touchscreen became irrelevant

I agree imagine combination of the glass and something like MS Kinect that capture figure gesture would be awesome.

DarkNet said,
That would be even better. But why contact lenses? Why not just replace your eyeball?

My current eyeballs suck. I want a replacement.
No contacts/glasses ftw.

If you are one of the people Google picks, you will not only have to purchase the $1,500 pre-production model but you must also attend an event to pick them the glasses up in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

So you have to go to the trouble of entering the competition and then IF you are chosen as the winner you have to cough up the money to buy the glasses AND get yourself to an event to pick them up?
No thanks

Teebor said,

So you have to go to the trouble of entering the competition and then IF you are chosen as the winner you have to cough up the money to buy the glasses AND get yourself to an event to pick them up?
No thanks

And your point is? If you want them, this isn't going through any trouble. I don't see where your question is.

Teebor said,

So you have to go to the trouble of entering the competition and then IF you are chosen as the winner you have to cough up the money to buy the glasses AND get yourself to an event to pick them up?
No thanks

What's the problem? It's not a free giveaway, is it?

Glass is the future... at some point in not too distant future key smartphone feature will be in Glass making them irrelevant.

Microsoft slide to irrelevance will only continue to accelerate

Since Google is the only one of the smartphone manufacturers who has something like this in the works I assume you include everyone else in this "slide to irrelevance"....

IgorP said,
Since Google is the only one of the smartphone manufacturers who has something like this in the works I assume you include everyone else in this "slide to irrelevance"....

i'm not saying smartphones are going to disappear . they are going to be around. just not the hottest tech.. its considered now.

Having said that, google is uniquely positioned and possibly the only company that can make glass actually useful as it has services- specifically, search, email and maps that none of the other smartphone makers Samsung, Apple or Microsoft have.

i specifically mentioned MS as its the only other company that can atleast pretend to compete with google

Edited by guru, Feb 20 2013, 2:16pm :

IgorP said,
Since Google is the only one of the smartphone manufacturers who has something like this in the works I assume you include everyone else in this "slide to irrelevance"....

The only one which has announced such product... for now...

I would not say that Google Glasses are the future - they are a little bit unpractical, esp. for one who does wear corrective lenes; for sure, AR is the future but i wouldnt want to live in future where google takes copyright for anything that i'm seeing - because it's almost impossible that such device would be *any* cost free.

The Nexus Q as a product never failed since it never actually was for sale. The idea and implementation failed.

Wearable technology is the next big thing. Apple will have its iWatch and Google will have its Google Glass.

techbeck said,

says the person who can apparently see the future


Jeez. Please at least let people give their opinions, even if you don't like them. Comments like these are not factual statements, but thoughts. You know, like in a discussion thread.

Northgrove said,

Jeez. Please at least let people give their opinions, even if you don't like them. Comments like these are not factual statements, but thoughts. You know, like in a discussion thread.

Neither is comments like "this will fail hard" without any facts behind it.

Snake89 said,

But were does that leave Microsoft in innovation? looks like MS is falling behind again.


Wait 5 years when everyone else is doing something. Then they will get something into development.

Edited by DarkNet, Feb 20 2013, 4:02pm :

Snake89 said,

But were does that leave Microsoft in innovation? looks like MS is falling behind again.

Why would I want glasses or a watch when I can have OmniTouch.

Of course, privacy as we know it might not exist in the future either.
We might have to adapt to a society where there isn't privacy for anyone, where all information about anything and anyone is available for immediate access.

billyea said,
Of course, privacy as we know it might not exist in the future either.
We might have to adapt to a society where there isn't privacy for anyone, where all information about anything and anyone is available for immediate access.

I'm sure Google and Facebook would love that. What a disturbingly dystopian vision. That's not the kind of society I want to live in.

CSharp. said,
I would be uncomfortable around someone else wearing those glasses and would personally find it rude to use them in public spaces.

No different than someone who has a smartphone or camera phone.

DarkNet said,

No different than someone who has a smartphone or camera phone.

I wouldn't want someone to constantly point a smartphone or camera phone at me either…it's bad enough that people feel the need to check their smartphones at all when they're out interacting with people in real life.

CSharp. said,

I wouldn't want someone to constantly point a smartphone or camera phone at me either…it's bad enough that people feel the need to check their smartphones at all when they're out interacting with people in real life.

Are you that attractive? :-/
I doubt I'd feel the urge to record you if I saw you out in public.

MidTxWRX said,
Are you that attractive? :-/
I doubt I'd feel the urge to record you if I saw you out in public.

So what if I am (or anyone else really) and you do feel the urge to? Your cheap ad hominem is really beside the point.

You must also realize that this is not just about recording someone. Obviously with (current or certainly future) facial recognition systems you'd likely be able to see much more about me than just my face. Especially if "all information about anyone [was] available for immediate access"

billyea said,
Of course, privacy as we know it might not exist in the future either.
We might have to adapt to a society where there isn't privacy for anyone, where all information about anything and anyone is available for immediate access.

These are the moments when I am happy to be over-fifty; I might have to re-think my retirement plans: from the beaches of Miami to a lodge in Montana or somewhere in the Death Valley.....

CSharp. said,

I wouldn't want someone to constantly point a smartphone or camera phone at me either…it's bad enough that people feel the need to check their smartphones at all when they're out interacting with people in real life.

How would you know?

I have serious doubts how it'll actually work...but the idea is awesome! And im thrilled to see them put it into production!

As technology gets better, they'll just get smaller, lighter, more accurate and...well more awesome!

Edit: They need a sports/durable/firmly attached version too (for...like the video, skydiving etc)

this is how it does currently work and they show the UI that you see whering the google glass until now we just got video from the device or photos and or a concept video froma year ago on what it be like in the future

"searching for network..."

"upload failed.."

Cool views but you know what, there is times when you don't want technology in your life and just want to enjoy the moment.

WooHoo!!! said,
"searching for network..."

"upload failed.."

Cool views but you know what, there is times when you don't want technology in your life and just want to enjoy the moment.


If anything, these glasses looks to put technology _out_ of your way. It's a very convenient interface, much more so than picking up a smartphone and filming or shooting. This time, you don't have to pick something up. You don't have to type something. You don't have to swipe. And when you don't want to film and so on... Well... Then you don't film.

Majesticmerc said,
You could always take them off

I don't know about that Jaesticmerc. There are people out there that post pretty much everything they do on FB and Twitter - text while driving, talk in the restaurant and such.

However, the tech is cool.

I'm not so sure there'll be lots of ads here since this looks to be one of those Google services that serves more to tie people into their ecosystem, and many of those aren't very ad-ridden because they have a more strategic reason to exist.