It feels like Google’s “Project Glass” has been all talk no action since they initially revealed the plans. But a new video released on YouTube revealing what wearers will see for the first time has reignited the excited around the product.
However it’s just a teaser – no specifics as to how the glasses work and specifications such as price have been revealed.
Google must be pretty confident that this product is going to be phenomenal that they are keeping the technology thirsty world on tenterhooks. This supports the idea of some tech forecasters to predict that wearable computers may replace smartphones in the future – or become an essential add on for your smartphone or tablet.
You would be right in thinking that Google glasses are going to be pretty hard to get hold of initially.
Google are making early consumers work for the opportunity which will in turn help the product development – a great use of free market research. You need to be able to impress Project Glass creators with a 50 word statement, 15 second video and 5 photographs explaining how you would use the glasses, submitted via Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass). If your vision is impressive enough then a $1500 price tag needs to be paid to collect ‘Explorer’ kits in New York, LA or San Francisco.
Oh, and you need to live in the USA.
The simple website states, “We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass. We’d love to make everyone an Explorer, but we’re starting off a bit smaller. We’re still in the early stages, and while we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting.”
Fashion conscious? Don’t panic, it seems Google are working with a fashionable eyewear company to design different frames in a five colour choices – black, grey, blue, red or white.
As a glasses wearer, I wasn’t sure how this would work for me. Designers are expected to create a design of Google glass to fit over existing spectacles.
Although the concept sounds mind blowing and the lengthy build up has created excitement around the new gadget- I am not sure I know enough yet to make a decision. Google are playing their cards very close to their chest.
Is it just an advanced camcorder or is this the future of wearable computers?
I guess we just continue to wait until the final product is revealed and tested by the first ‘explorers.’
Watch the video here: http://ow.ly/hUYpQ