Sep 11 AT 3:26 PM Dustin Earley 23 Comments

Google co-founder Sergey Brin reveals more information on Google Glass


Google Glass is slowly but surely making its way out of the world of vaporware and into reality. We’ve seen the wearable computer in a number of places, from Google IO to NY Fashion Week, but Google has been quiet on much of Glass’ functionality.

What exactly can Glass do? How far along is development? How do you use it? In an interview with the Wall Street Journal‘s Spencer Ante, Google co-founder Sergey Brin brings us up to speed on the development progress of Glass, as well as some of the features coming to the project.

Until now, Google Glass has been little more than a one trick pony. We’ve seen concept videos showing how Maps, Google+, Gmail and messaging will fit in with the device, but no real evidence that anything beyond camera functionality actually exists. It may not be much, but a hands-on with Google Glass has revealed a couple new features that will be implemented into Glass: a time-lapse camera function and 360 degree virtual reality.

The time-lapse camera feature is pretty self explanatory. Google’s main objective with Glass is to get your phone out of your hand, and get your head into your surroundings. That doesn’t work all that great with users constantly fumbling around the side of Google Glass trying to take pictures. With time-lapse mode, pictures are automatically taken at certain intervals, without the user having to input anything. Brin uses a play-date with his children as an example of what time-lapse would be used for. Instead of constantly taking pictures, just turn on time-lapse, and look for good pictures later.

Brin also demoed how voice commands will work with Google Glass. By saying, “OK, Glass. Take a photo,” Ante, who was the one actually wearing Glass, confirmed that a photo icon appears on the heads up display, signifying a photograph was successfully taken.

One of the more interesting new features shown off to Ante was a 360 degree virtual reality function. As you’ll see in the video below, Ante seems impressed at being placed in a virtual forest, with the ability to look around and explore his surroundings.

As impressive as these new features are, much of the desired functionality Glass will eventually offer is still unavailable. Meaning a consumer release is still a ways away. The $1500 developer edition of Google Glass is still on track for a 2013 release.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • MoSDeeb

    I’m really looking forward to this product being released.

    • zerosix

      I’m looking forward to seing this product combined with usual glasses. That’ll be the day, when I buy it.

      • Andrew Goodwin

        I agree, I do like this idea and I am excited for the potential. However, Those glasses are just to much for me. Thats saying a lot, because my everyday glasses are the spy haymakers and they are very different.

  • KennyL

    I’m really excited about this. However, I can imagine HUGE privacy implications. Imagine someone going into a hospital or doctors office with these on and taking video or a bunch of pictures and then uploading them immediately via a tethered phone. Lawsuit waiting to happen there.

    That being said, if the price is right and these work well, I’m gonna want a pair for myself.

    • PrincessJ

      Not really.. They will probably make you take it off before entering..

    • zerosix

      It’s quite funny to hear about privacy, when everybody (well, almost everybody) has a facebook, twitter, etc.
      I’m sure, that you will be asked to take them off everywhere in such places.

  • vforvortex

    I like how google is taking its time by giving developers time to see how they could make use of this. I hope to have an Iron Man-esque type set up at home by 2020. :-p Very Exciting Times.

    • clocinnorcal

      I’m sure when the Dev version becomes available, we will see a whole lot more development.

  • Ray

    These glasses should be used by law enforcement, so that it records the confrontation between the cops and black people. We need more Police Brutality videos on youtube.

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  • Nathan D.

    Well I like the whole project glasses thing but I’m not paying for it until it becomes more refined product.

    • Dwayne S.

      That’s interesting because it won’t be on sale until it becomes a more refined product. See, everything worked out for everybody in the end!

  • ari-free

    “The truth is…I am Iron Man”

  • Apollohay

    I’d be interested in one that has the glass projection on both sides. And full lense so I don’t have to look up all the time. I know that they are probably worried about people running into stuff but you could set up different transparency levels or have a separate camera to read the environment and highlight the edges of everything so you could see that chair or table highlighted on the screen of whatever you are watching and walk around it or something like that

    • Lane

      But by projecting on one eye, you get automatic transparency depending on how you focus. Also doubling the electronics to cover another eye could double then cost to make it.

  • Vance

    I’d like to see the time lapse photography expanded to record live video with a preset restart interval. For example, set your interval to one hour and your glasses will record everything you see for an hour, then, unless the user saves all, or part of the video, it would be deleted and a new hour begun. You know Tosh.0 wants it.

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    The Style has to be like the Scouter of Dragon Ball Z :D

  • Jedediah Sweetser

    This stuff has been in Sci Fi movies since Blade Runner. It’s wicked awesome to see real stuff that’s functional making it’s way into the world. I bet the military application for this type of equipment is off the charts, from pilots getting HUD info to marines getting orders on the field.

    • xallies

      Interesting, but I don’t know if the military would like to get orders from such a fallible system. “Yes, shoot platoon 56 they are spies.”

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    It’s perfect! Once the market has crashed thoroughly and we’re moving upwards again, Google is the stock to be in. This is indeed the future :)

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