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Engineer describes Google Glass interface

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Engineer describes Google Glass interface
An engineer who was lucky enough to wear Google Glass, has revealed what it is like to wear the device. Before Google starts calling its legal team, let's make it clear that this has nothing to do with the "hackathon" that was held in San Francisco last week. You might remember that Google is requiring an NDA from those who are receiving the Google Glass they pre-ordered last year at Google I/O. But in this case, Soumya Mohan is an engineer who got to try on the device at a tech talk at Stanford.

Right now, the UI for Google Glass is considered to be crude

Right now, the UI for Google Glass is considered to be crude

According to Mohan, the current UI is crude with a small number of options written in white against a black background. Options include "Click a picture," "Shoot a video," and "Voice call". There are a small number of options that the user can scroll through by tilting his head. There is also a small touchpad on the side of Google Glass and voice controls.

The description of the UI suggests that Google Glass has a ways to go before we see it become that amazing device that Google presented in the original video (see below). Even so, the Mountain View gang continues to work hard on the project. Recently we told you about the patent application Google filed for bone conduction audio. Eventually, all of the pieces will come together in what we hope will be one truly awesome device.

source: Quora via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 02 Feb 2013, 11:56 9

1. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)

Meh. Still not interested but the tech is impressive. Plus I'd just feel like an assh*le wearing one.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 19:15 2

14. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

It just seems impractical to me. It's like Google's saying "We have a ton of money, let's make some random ass product and call it innovative."

We have smartphones and tablets, that's enough. I'm wondering what they vision with this concept.

It looks novel on paper but I can't see this being something major.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 00:37 5

17. jsobotka (Posts: 53; Member since: 21 Aug 2009)

You need to poke holes in your box and let some brainwaves out. What makes you think innovation will stop at smartphones and tablets?

10 years from now, when Glass has evolved into a high-definition OLED 3D augmented reality overlay that can provide you with every possible piece of information associated with every object in your field of view, this tech will be invaluable. And no more pulling your phone out of your pocket and having to unlock it when you get a calendar/text/email notification, when you want to know what time it is, or when you want to take a picture.

The Google Glass we're learning about now may not seem like much, but you've gotta start somewhere.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 01:00

18. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

The manual that comes with 3D TV says that 3D glasses could be bad for health ... in fact i can't even watch a full film at a stretch ... maybe after this we will see more mentally unstable people once they are subjected to extended use of this in life.

Just because google is doing it let's not overdo it when it comes to supporting a company .

Now thumb me down for this :)

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 09:34 1

24. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

At the same time, there are lots of ppl 3D don't effect that way. Proof of that is going to a theater that has a 3D movie playing. And how many 3D movies and TVs get bought.

That said...I don't think it's so much showing overdue support. We all just don't feel the same way. There were a few things Apple was trying or did patent that I thought was kinda cool. Me liking Android, I was probably one of the few who thought so. Some ppl are just genuinely excited about this.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:00

31. jsobotka (Posts: 53; Member since: 21 Aug 2009)

A valid point, but the truth is, right now, 3D tech is in it's infancy. When all components of 3D are present and work well (e.g. the view changes when your head moves side-to-side, focus follows your eyes, etc.), the health issues will disappear. After all, everyone views life in 3D all day long, so if the tech could make it indistinguishable from real life, there should be no problem.

Also, an imperfect 3D overlay mixed in with real objects may not be as much of an issue as watching a 3D movie for a couple hours.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 09:27 1

23. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Exactly. If companies always thought the way he does, there might be less technology and innovations out now.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 09:19 3

21. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

really troll?
I dont remember you saying that when Apple tried to patent the same concept.

Stick to your boring rows of icons, the rest of us will walk into the future.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 11:28 1

26. darkdroid (Posts: 44; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

@mxyzptlk would you please STFU already , we dont need your BS everytime .

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 13:26 2

28. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

If it was Apple who made this first, Mxyzptlk would be one of the first to praise it...

It is already innovating enough to have video recording from a real POV, straight from your eyes...

The rest is just cherries on top of the cream... I would love to try this

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 11:57 2

2. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Gives me a headache even thinking about it.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 12:19 14

4. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Then dont burden your head. Thinking probably isnt your stuff !

BTW, this is innovation ! The technology is new and would take few years to perfect and be widely acceptable

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 16:32

13. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

How old are you?

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 12:05 1

3. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

What if something pops in front of my eyes while I'm crossing the road or something. Can it disable the notifications?

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 13:10

7. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

i wouldn't be worried about that kinda stuff yet, lets wait for some kinda of official release to start bashing

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 13:45

8. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

You'll probably be able to block notifications.
And even if you can't block notifications the glass sits out of center view so it's not going to block your view of something pops up.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 15:59 1

12. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

I'm pretty sure it would transparent enough to be seen through, but still be visible. Like a heads up display.

It would be lawsuit nightmare if precautions of blocking vision weren't taken.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 12:26 9

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Actual innovation at work.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 13:10 2

6. chasetorres125 (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Another frontier... nice nah great job google atgb i knew it will get more better like what u did to android alpha now jellybean...this is phone replacement in the near future Congrats

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 14:08 3

9. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

And I think google is very clear in how to design UI forthis....as per the engineer every thing is kept in corners...so that u will never be disturbed...... Just needs some improvement to be a real product in market...and that will come along the time..

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 14:12 2

10. flipjzn (Posts: 257; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

Cool! I think it's nice if you are stationary but not on the street walking or driving.
I worry about the already bad drivers and those who cannot multi-task );

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 15:48

11. Kevin12 (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

What the F........ U........ C.......... K........

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 20:55

15. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

Now I want a flying car. Or a dolorean with a flux capacitor.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 23:14

16. adi4u4882 (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

I like the idea of contact lens more than glasses.
Wearing glasses make it more obvious, if its contact lens it would be more useful and less obvious.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 01:01

19. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

that s**t is amazing who got 1500 I can borrow.lol

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 06:41

20. prokshit (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

I THINK! If they want to evolve UI and make it easier to navigate

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 09:21 2

22. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

early basic UI is pretty understandable. Were still a bit off from any launch. I cant wait to see what it brings to the table. Navigation UI overlay right on the road/sidewalk in front of you, go site seeing and have information at whatever structure your looking at overlayed or read to you without having to manually search, all sorts of stuff.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 09:39

25. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Right. This would be great in a museum.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 20:09

29. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Reminds me of Cookie from Ned's declassified. Get ready to print papers out your butthole!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:10

30. lil2070 (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

Imagine people tilting their heads just to scroll down the menus :P

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