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