New interview reveals the future of Google Glass

Google Glass made big news last year when Google introduced the wearable computer at Google I/O in a stunt-filled, live-streaming action sequence, complete with BMX riders, skydivers, and wall repellers. Since then things have been pretty quiet regarding the quirky eye-wear, but today Babak Parviz, who leads the Google Glass project, conducted a small interview with IEEE Spectrum. In the interview Parviz lets us in on both the progress and the future of Google Glass. Below are the most notable tidbits from the interview:

  • The current goal for Google Glass is not an Augmented Reality platform…but in time Parviz believes augmented reality will become a large part of what Google Glass does.
  • Google is planning to ship developer devices out to those who pre-ordered “early” in 2013.
  • The feature set for the device is not set yet. It is still in flux…meaning, Google is not 100% sure what they want the device to do.
  • Users can control the device using a built-in touch pad, voice commands, or head gestures.
  •  Currently, Google has no plans for advertising on the device.
  •  Parviz and team are working on making it possible to accept phone calls on Google Glass.
  • They hope to have battery life be sufficient for the whole day.

If you’re interested in more than just a summary, you can read the whole interview at the source link below. Personally, I don’t see myself wearing something like this on my face, but maybe if Google makes the headset so feature-packed and useful I’d reconsider. Maybe in ten years or so it’ll be a viable product. Anyone think they’d actually wear these things?

Source: IEEE Spectrum

About the Author: Alexon Enfiedjian

Alex Enfiedjian is an Android enthusiast and tech journalist from Central California.

  • yippiedad

    Personally I’d love to try out Google Glass – they definitely have the potential for being the new big thing. And imagine how it will change the picture of friends at a restaurant table – now they’re all starring at their smartphones on the table – with Google Glass they’ll all be starring through each other like zombies. Wonder if they’ll have “No Smart Glasses Allowed” signs in the future…

    And to be correct, it was not BMX but mountain bikes at Google I/O…

  • Jordan Bartholme

    I want these soo badly!! They keep pushing the freaking launch date back though, and that’s getting quite annoying. Originally it was slated to launch in 2012, then it was q1 2013, now it’s DEVELOPERS ONLY “early” 2013 and they don’t even have the feature set nailed down yet!!

    Come on already, it’s time companies get more realistic with their launch dates.

    • Jordan Bartholme

      Oh and the price doubled too from “the cost of a top of the line smartphone” to $1,500?

      • RTWright

        First I wont pay that much even for a top end smartphone, that’s more than half the cost of my custom computer I’m building. I’m fine with my GS3 or future variants of it. Not to mention, as it’s currently designed? No thanks, I don’t want to have something with a thing sticking out from my right eye, that would just ultimately drive me nuts. I’ll wait for a few things, better design, maybe something with full lens coverage and a much cheaper price range.

        This kind of pricing is always the case when something like this comes out. Until there is competition, Google will be free and clear to hike that price to where ever they feel they want it to go. At least my custom computer will be of more use to me than some glasses device that probably wont be as good as my handheld device and cost me five times as much….. NO Thanks!

  • Major_Pita

    If you want a (highly entertaining) depiction of what this type of technology’s potential is, read the two books by Daniel Suarez – Daemon and then the sequel, Freedom. They are both compelling reads however the second book really covers a lot of ground on the use of a glass-like device that provided a pervasive augmented-reality overlay which allowed object tagging, gesture-controlled database queries and various search types along with advanced audio/video communications. On a consumer level, the tech would probably be a great platform for subscription-based services somewhat like On-Star’s model, or could be outstanding for First-Responders such as Fire and Emergency services. The military/special ops/law enforcement potential goes without saying.