Feb 20 AT 11:41 AM Nick Gray 49 Comments

New Google Glass video: ‘How It Feels’ to live with wearable computing


We were all impressed when Google posted the very first Google Glass concept video. Since then, we’ve seen very little of what the UI has to offer. Many have wondered exactly how Google’s wearable computing device will help make our lives easier.

To help answer those questions, Google has posted a new video titled “How It Feels [through Glass].” The two minute video is a mash-up of footage captured through Glass, showing how the device can be used to capture pictures, get directions, send emails, check the weather and even view Google Now notifications.

We’re sure that most of you will never find yourself in many of the situations in the video, but it definitely shows how Google Glass will change the way we interact with digital information in the future. For now, the price of Google Glass is completely out of reach for most consumers, but we could definitely see the price point drop to a few hundred dollars after several iterations of wearable computing devices hit the market in the coming years.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I really think what Google Glass will be in ~5-10 years will be pretty amazing. I think we’re a fairly long ways out from it right now but I think it will be really great!

    BTW, they’re also running a promotion to help get devs additional resources with their #ifihadglasscampaign. More info here: http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/

    • dejay

      Jaxidian, to think it would take that long is just silly, look at Android or any other project of Googles, it never takes them even close to that long to produce a great product, the only thing that’s still holding it up now is that in the recent year and half or so GOOGLE has tried really hard no to release unstable/unusable devices/services unlike previous to that they would release and work on it as they go along (android case in point)

      • vforvortex

        I agree. Android has come a long way in 4 years. And unlike android being released in somewhat of a beta stage, Sergey Brin/team and other developers have probably been working on it for a year or two before releasing it. I give it 3-4 years more for it to be available in mass.

      • Miguel Angel Menendez

        i wonder if the camera will be that good? and if the nexus 4 has that quality? it looks very smooth 2 so..

        • Cebastian Rosing

          All footage is shot with Google Glass. It probably won’t be the same camera on the final product released to the masses. But I’d expect the same quality, if not better when it releases next year or so.. :)

      • clocinnorcal

        I think Jax’ estimate is probably more realistic. Yes, Android has come a long way; however, I feel “Glass” is still limited by its early stage in development, hardware, and market. The hype they make now and the already strong dominance of Android should help soften the blow of bringing something cutting-edge like this to the market and catching on quickly. I will agree that the sky is the limit for “Glass” and with time I’m sure it will turn into something spectacular!

    • shadhussain

      i feel the same way. 5-10 years for mass adoption that is. most of us on this blog will probably spend our hard-earned cash on a google glass in the next couple years for tech kicks (and free beta testing for google).

      in the meantime, there’ll be some pretty serious privacy issue concerns from the usual groups that google will need to address. and how they’ll deal with the creeps of the world, beats me …

    • stenzor

      Google Glass is the next big thing.. technologically. Just like the iPhone was huge for smartphones

  • http://about.me/LuisOTorres taz88ny

    If I have to wear glasses everyday, it should be Google Glass. That is amazing.

  • Kilgore Trout

    1 step closer to being a Borg…

    But for now, it’s just a camcorder with email & a search engine…

    • vforvortex

      According to the video, it will have navigation/gps, video chat/hangout, & messaging too. basically i think it will do mostly everything that is available from ‘google now’.

      • Jahmon

        Probably all these things are not build into the glass but into the android phone linked to it…

  • SGB101

    Watched the video earlier today, and it looks brilliant, but im not convinced voice recognition is up to it atm. I agree with the commenter above about the 5 year + time frame.

    Are the glasses connected to a phone via blutooth? I assume so, it would make sense.

    As a geek I’m looking forward to these, but il let others do the initial beta testing and il jump on the band wagon an version 3. I did my stint for Google, and beta testing with the G1 ;o)

  • uknowme

    I can’t wait. If it’s anything like that this will be the first thing I will get on launch day. The only other things I’ve gotten on launch day are games, stereo equipment, and a pair of Saucony running shoes.

  • AnthonyRyan

    Google Glass looks really promising! can’t wait to get my hands on a pair.

  • _AjD

    Everytime I see these I think that I really want a pair just to see if they perform as shown in the promo – I have my doubts. The tech has some fantastic long term possibilities. Also perhaps if I had a pair my life would be much more exciting.

  • Vance

    I’m looking forward to the day when I can be at a large conference and have my glasses perform a facial scan of an approaching customer and pull up their contact card or CRM file. Imagine a dentist or doctor in the middle of a procedure being able to pull up a patient’s xray without having to pull their eyes away… The possibilities really are endless.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      There are some medical devices which already do what you described, but if Google can get Glass to market at a reasonable price, it will certainly revolutionize the wearable computing industry.

  • Thomas Biard

    I love the idea of true first person POV. This will open up so many more ways to make an awesome video. Don’t get me wrong, GoPro makes amazing cameras, but being truly in the eyes of the beholder will add a whole different “feel” to the video. I hope these become mainstream and that the price comes down from $1500

  • spintrex

    I don’t about you guys but I’m more interested Google Contacts

  • Prince77

    The voice recognition will be the main thing for me. If it’s on point like in the video then that’s great. But what about someplace where there is a lot of noise. We see the frames, but where is the mic located???

  • jamal adam

    Google showing us the future of possibilities, one innovation at a time. I really liked the video.

  • aranea

    I so want one. I wish I could afford it!

  • Raptor

    Could be both very useful for example showing you direction and 100 times more dangerous when driving then just talking on the phone. I know that by re-installing twice Windows while driving.lol

  • Co1e

    Make it run Ingress! Seriously though, it looks cool but it’s still probably gonna be a while before price and functionality align for the average consumer.

  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    There are people not impressed with it. It will be amazing in a few years. I would definitely get a pair to use it with my Androids.

  • robwhittaker

    I just need them to remember people’s names for me.

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  • pjamies

    That is basically the same video that they put out before, but with updated information video (top right hand-side)
    This would be great, but as past posts on other websites have stated, this idea has issues..

    ‘Google Glasses Face Serious Hurdles, Augmented-Reality Experts Say’

    BUT, I love the idea!! and hope that it does become reality.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      That article was written nearly a year ago when Project Glass was initially unveiled. I think Google has gone a good job in the new video of showing that the device can actually be used for. It’s not really a form of augmented reality, but it does rely on location awareness for certain aspects.

  • af13

    I’m really curious how it feels to adjust the focus on your eyes to see something that close. If I hold my finger up 2″ from my eye, it is difficult or even impossible for me to focus on it without losing clarity of everything else. Maybe they’ve figured out a way to overcome this, but it sure seems like it would distracting trying to focus on that image while doing trapeze, let alone walking down the street.

    • vforvortex

      I assume it is similar to how those movie goggles work that you see in sky mall.

      • af13

        Yeah, I’m sure it’s similar. But, with those you don’t have to simultaneously focus on the world around you.

        • shadhussain

          i read/heard an interview with a googler (brin?) somewhere, where they mentioned that the digital layer would be designed to be unobtrusive: so you’d focus on it as needed, but it wouldn’t necessarily require simultaneous focussing because that’d be potentially dangerous.

          • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

            Yeah, just imagine people walking down the street wearing Google Glass. You’d never be able to know if they are actually paying attention to their surroundings or reading an email.

  • aholland1

    My God, that’s amazing stuff; will definitely signify a new paradigm in computing. Can’t wait!

  • jacobsloan

    The video really sells the experience. In theory, Glass + Google Now could really change the game for mobile commuting. Pretty amazing stuff. Plus, we’ll have all that time to play with it while Google’s driving our cars for us.

  • donger

    Wow. that video makes me want to buy the glass but I can’t see myself shelling over $1,500 for one.

  • Max.Steel

    Everybody is fawning over this thing but little questions are being asked so I’ll ask them. So many issues here.

    1) How does focus work? Looking at an object almost less than an inch would make it difficult to see anything else. This would prove serious problems while doing anything except sitting down like driving, walking, working etc.

    2) What processor is it using and how much RAM does it have?

    3) How does it get it’s mobile data? It will need to come with some form of built in support for each specific carrier because looking at it, there doesn’t seem to be any sim card slot. Also, a lot of the locations shown in the video don’t look like places where Wi-Fi would be available e.g.the sky.

    4) The capabilities shown in the video would require so many sensors and chips like GPS, camera, light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope etc. Where would all these fit on the glasses or have they somehow found a way to fit all this inside the frame of a glass?

    5) Is it waterproof? It will need to be if it is actually designed for everyday use. Rain, snow etc.

    Many more but these are the immediate ones.

    • Jahmon

      3) & 4) my guess is that all these are coming from a smartphone connected to the Google Glass through bluetooth.

  • Jahmon

    I’m pretty sure most of the pre-release devices were bought by the porn industry.

  • geronimo8

    We are so close to saying “It’s over 9000!!!!”

  • iamXiV92a

    Google Glass has easily jumped to the top of my “Do Want” list

  • Ka-Boom!

    I and others like me have decided to knock the glasses off the wearer face and crush them imed.! You have NO right to record me., as you approched me!
    Warning!: Your adventure will end badly as your well being will be in eminent danger!!!!!
    Take this to the Bankl!!! Rule 101 (A) My law under the FUCK YOU statue
    Good Day

  • saywhat

    see what it say in detail!

    “if chosen, the person needs to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax”


    Damm technology you scary.

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    • honourbound68

      can it be powered by an Nvidia SOC so we have this as a giveaway for this year’s 25 days of Tegra? pretty please :)

  • Jorge Vieira

    Looks like I know where 1500 dollars is going to if I’m picked it looks awesome. I doubt it looks that good right now.

  • smeghead68

    I have to wear glasses everyday so it might as well be these. These look like fun !