What is Project Glass?
Project Glass was an effort for Google engineers to develop augmented reality glasses. An announcement was made on Google+ last April along with a demonstration video on YouTube displaying its possible uses. Google Glass is described as a wearable computer that actually weighs less than typical sunglasses. Different than a cell phone, this concept is completely hands-free. With Google Glass you are displayed information right in front of your eyes through voice commands on Google’s Android operating system.
How Do You Get Google Glass?
After much anticipation, Google began an application process for those who want to try their new product. They refer to these beta testers as “Explorers.” They explained their search as looking for “bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be part of shaping the future of Glass.”
Unfortunately, the deadline has passed as applications were due by February 27th. The winners will be selected this month and will become official “Explorers” who get to try the first 8,000 pairs. Applications required an explanation of why the applicant was interested and what they plan to do with the glasses through a short written composition (50 words or less) and possibly a few photos or short video. They then were required to post this on their Google+ or Twitter page using the hashtag #ifihadglass.
Once an “Explorer” has been chosen, they will have to pay $1,500 for their new pair of Google Glass. They will also need to go pick them up at a special event in San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York. No dates for this have been released, but its anticipated to be later this year or early 2014.
Specific features of Google Glass have yet to be discussed because this product is still in its early stages. It certainly will be interesting to see Project Glass grow from its continual development to its Explorers and eventually to consumers. An email list has been made available if you’d like to stay informed about Glass. Will walking around with a smartphone in your glasses be the new normal?