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Here’s What It Feels Like to Wear Google Glass

Google releases new details about its foray into wearable tech.
Only models look this good in Glass. (Photo: Google)

Only models look this good in Glass. (Photo: Google)

Attention fellow wannabe cyborgs: Google Glass can soon be ours! As long as you have $1,500 and are willing to use Google Plus. So, ya know, there’s that.

In a new video, the notoriously tightlipped Project X team released some fresh details about Google’s attempt at wearable technology. The video, which–yes–includes skydiving, shows users saying “OK glass” to get the attention of the system before sending it commands, such as “Take a picture,” “Record a video” and “Say ‘delicious’ in Thai.” The system also sends speech-to-text messages and livestreams video.


Not to sound like a total nerd, but it looks prettttty awesome.

Google also announced a campaign for “bold, creative individuals” who want to get in on the Glass preordering phase. Interested participants have to tweet (or post to Google Plus) a less than 50 character message with the hashtag #ifihadglass. Of course, you still have to pay $1,500 for the developer’s kit and somehow make it to New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco to pick them up, but it’s totally worth it for all that footage you’ll record of you eating, right?

Perhaps whoever wins the #ifihadglass contest can help Google make the device look slightly less bulky and/or like glasses your high school science teacher wore. Also: maybe we can get them in pink?

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