New Google Glass video highlights voice search interface


Google released a new video yesterday showing some examples of real life uses for their Glass devices. Many people have been focusing on issues related to the cameras built into the devices and how those can be used to record life events. However, if Google wants to see the devices adopted widely, a key piece will be the ability of the voice search functionality to perform well since that will be the primary interface between Glass and the user for input purposes. To demonstrate how well voice search works, a couple Google Glass testers posed a series of questions to see what the results would be.

The questions included those that might be considered mundane like basic conversions or translations to the more esoteric, like searching for pictures of puppies or finding a tongue-twisting legal firm’s information. Overall the responsiveness and accuracy seem to be quite good, but it will be interesting to see what kinds of results early beta testers get when they do their own tests. It also looks like those wearing Google Glass devices may have a tendency to tilt their head up instead of the typical downward bent posture we are all familiar with from smartphone users. It is also unclear how uttering a voice search might work out in the middle of business meeting.

You can check out the video below to see how the voice search works on Google Glass.

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.