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Project Glass's UI detailed in new report

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Project Glass's UI detailed in new report
Working for the Wall Street Journal has its perks; in this case it was getting the closest look yet at Google Glass, including some quality time looking at the user interface of Google’s wearable computers. According to WSJ writer Spencer Ante, that UI is still very much a work in progress, although he was still bullish on the concept, likening them to wearable smartphones. His take on the current state of the UI after playing with it was this:

After 10 minutes of playing with the glasses—which the company prefers to call Google Glass, since they don't have lenses—I could see their long-term potential. The device fit well. It was easy to snap a picture or video without taking my smartphone out of my pocket. It was cool to see the information there in front of my right eye, though a little disorienting. I kept closing my left eye, which was uncomfortable.


Of the parts of the UI that Ante wasn’t able to test out were the Google Maps portion, as well as the UI that would let you make a phone (or video) call or send a text message. Of course Google won’t be releasing a beta version until sometime next year (and then only to developers that ponied up $1,500 at Google I/O), so there is still plenty of time to add features and polish to the experience. Ante points out that one thing that would really help would be the introduction of a “killer app” the really drives home what Google Glass can do.

That may emerge as well in the coming year(s), but Google co-founder Sergey Brin already has one feature he loves – setting the camera to time lapse. He indicated that he does this when he plays with his children, with Glass snapping an image every 10 seconds. That way he’s sure to get several irreplaceable moments of his family life preserved for posterity, but without having to interrupt family time by pulling out a phone or camera and snapping the images himself.

After last weekend’s publicity stunt with runway models, we imagine we’ll be getting a steady diet of updates on Google Glass, but for those who want more right now you can watch this video interview posted on the WSJ right now:


source: WSJ via 9to5Google

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posted on 11 Sep 2012, 12:59 30

1. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Now this is innovation ... unlike certain fruit named companies

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 13:04 20

2. 23nikki1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


Real innovation...Super cool...

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 13:19 5

5. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


While I do agree that companies take ideas or features from one another, you can't disagree that certain fruit named companies show innovation in the hardware category, since forever.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 13:43 9

6. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


But they're not innovating right now. Which is what matters.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 13:49 2

7. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Well, that you know of. People give Apple too high of expectations. I agree that Android has some advantages, but I also understand how Apple won't dive into something unless they can do it as best they feel they can. That's what I get from it. So, I guess my point is, you don't become one of the most popular and valuable companies in the world's history if you didn't have innovation from some aspect or another, whether it be marketing, to focusing on the little details. We'll see what people do, and what the market analysis shows.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 14:09 9

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"People give Apple too high of expectations."

Totally agree! :D

"I agree that Android has some advantages..."

I think it has more than "some" advantages over iOS. ;)

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 14:43 1

11. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


You're everywhere. Sorry, but my iPhone never rebooted like the 4 times my Galaxy Nexus did, nor did it take 3 minutes to boot like it did either. You're delusional.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 15:01 1

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"You're everywhere."

Thanks for compliment. :)

"Sorry, but my iPhone never rebooted like the 4 times my Galaxy Nexus did..."

And who could believe it, EVEN 4 times, that's horrible. :( (sarcasm)

"You're delusional."

Why you tink so? :)

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 15:16 1

15. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Look, I'm sorry all the android fans don't see why iOS works really well. You can't explain sex to a kid (you) who hasn't experienced it yet.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 15:20 5

17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Look, I'm sorry all the android fans don't see why iOS works really well."

Satatistics says taht iOS apps tend to crash three times more than Android apps. ;)

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 15:03 6

14. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your iphone. many iphones have tons of compatibility issues. Look up all the ios4 and ios5 blue screen/freezing issues.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 15:16

16. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


P.S. - That's called an analogy. Look up its definition.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:12 2

19. kanagadeepan (Posts: 708; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


NOKIA-101 dualSIM featurephone (without camera, bluetooth) has never rebooted in 2 years and boots up in few seconds... So do you think its better than iPhone????

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 13:05 3

3. Cacharoes (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


What Kind of Camera is in this thing anyway? That so far as been the part we hear the most about.
It would likely have to be a really nice one I guess.
Have they even mentioned how the device is controlled? Is is Voice or what?
Sure it is still very early but they obviously have some working stuff for it.
It just seems very mysterious to me, though Definitely Cool.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 13:12 2

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The price tag is the only thing holding me back from actually getting it when it comes out... Self driving car is cool nonetheless.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 06:11

20. TarunV (Posts: 28; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


Yeah really man... 1500$.... Kill me already -_-

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 14:13 2

9. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Let's say this is Google Glass version 1
I think this one will be like a beta on the Market
Perhaps a Version 2 will be better
As for me i wear glasses already, if i have to buy google glass it would have to be optimized for my eye lenses.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 14:19 5

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4332; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I didn't know Snake wore glasses? lol

+1

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 08:34

21. Cacharoes (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I worried about that too for people who wear glasses, There are a few pics of the Glass being worn with a set of Glasses, so it should work fine.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 14:56 1

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Get this thing going Google. I want something like ARI, what Norman Jaden from Heavy Rain has. That would be amazing.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 19:45 1

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Release date please Sergery Bin

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