Google Glass is already popping up in San Francisco and Brooklyn, and it seems every competitor is scrambling to develop their own prototype. So it’s not that surprising that, according to ZDNet, the tech industry is expected to ship 9.4 million units of the damn things (Glass and knock-offs) by 2016.
A few months ago, following a cyborg attack in a Parisian McDonalds, we predicted that Google would be the first to market with computer glasses, but that Apple would take its time perfecting a beautiful, sleek prototype that would automatically become the emblem for hipness everywhere. Now, it looks like Google is trying to head off that theory by incorporating the Project Glass prototype into a New York Fashion Week show. Face computers are super glam, you guys. Read More
At today’s Google I/O developers conference, Google cofounder Sergey Brin decided the best way to demo Project Glass, the augmented reality glasses we’ve been jonesing for since their introduction, was to throw people out of a plane. Seriously!
In a strangely Michael Bay-style demo, skydivers donned Google Glasses, jumped out of a plane and parachuted onto the roof of the Moscone Center, where the conference is taking place. Meanwhile, somewhere in heaven, Steve Jobs clenched his hand into a fist and shook it in the air, screaming, “Briiiiiin!!!!!!!” Read More
In this month’s MIT Technology Review, journalist Farhad Manjoo got a chance to talk with a technology lead for Google’s Project Glass, Thad Starner. An associate professor at the Georgia Institute for Technology, Mr. Starner has been experimenting with wearable technologies since the mid-90s, and was tapped by Google to advise them on issues surrounding Project Glass, the company’s attempt to commercialize computerized glasses.
Ever the skeptical journalist, Mr. Manjoo went into the meeting expecting to find the glasses polarizing and detrimental to social interaction. Also: dorky and vaguely creepy. Instead, Mr. Starner successfully convinced him that Google’s glasses will actually amplify social interaction, stripping it of those awkward phone-checking asides and lulls in conversation when we go to respond to a text. In short, Google glasses could be a socially awkward person’s best friend. Sign us up! Read More