20 Feb 2013

Google Glass features unveiled

Wearable technology is expected to be a major growth area for hardware makers

Fresh details about Google's eagerly-anticipated smart glasses have been released by the company.

A YouTube video uploaded by the company shows Google Glass in action - including the interface which appears in the wearer's line of sight.
The search giant has also opened up the trial of the product to "creative individuals" and developers.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin was recently spotted on New York's subway testing the device.
The product was first unveiled as part of a demonstration at a Google launch event last year where developers were offered early access to the device for $1,500.
The company is now inviting people in the US to use the hashtag #ifihadglass to suggest ways they would make use of the headset.
"We're looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass," Google said.
"We're still in the early stages and, while we can't promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting.

'OK, Glass'

Voice commands such as "OK, Glass, take a picture" were used to control the device.
Other features appeared to include Skype-like video chats, and other related information such as weather reports and map directions.
All of this information appeared in a small, translucent square in the top right of the wearer's field of vision.
The display is considerably less intrusive than previously published concept videos.
Wearable technology is seen as a major growth area for hardware makers in 2013 and beyond.

It will be possible to take pictures from the perspective of the person wearing the device

The glasses have a small camera and display built in

Other patents obtained by Sony and Microsoft allow for creation of miniature displays to go over users' eyes.
Oakley recently launched Airwave - ski goggles with built-in sensors which provide information on an in-built screen about an owner's speed, the size of their jumps and what music they are listening to.

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