Google still figuring out how people might make use of Google Glass

Google still figuring out how people might make use of Google Glass
Project Glass is really interesting, an eyeglass form factor which projects images and data directly in the view of the wearer. There are certainly a host of applications that can utilize this new technology, we can agree on that. Google agrees, but is still trying to figure that last part out.

The project leader for Glass, Babak Parviz gave an interview to IEEE Spectrum said it plainly when asked about upcoming specific features, “The feature set for the device is not set yet. It is still in flux.” That is perfectly understandable, after all, if Google had it all figured out by now Glass would be on the market. Certainly there will be a viable business model for glass though, right? “That is still being worked on, but we are quite interested in providing the hardware.”

One area where Glass will certainly shine will be in tight integration with Google Now, and Parviz also sees that as a compelling feature to expect. In terms of what the vision is right now for how people might use Glass, the perspective is quite broad, no so much augmented reality as much as enable pictorial and video communication. Beyond that though, Google is still working on other practical uses.

When asked if anyone had written any applications for Glass, Parviz explained the obvious complexities since Glass is not a smartphone. The way people will interact with it will be totally different, mostly likely through a touch interface on their smartphone or possibly through head gestures. One ray of good news is that there are currently no plans to have Glass display advertising.

For developers that are interested in writing apps for Glass, Google plans on offering a cloud-based API which is identical to the API Google has used to build and test its email and calendar apps for Glass. Another area that Google is focusing on is power efficiency. Despite video being such power hog, Google is targeting enough efficiency to allow a full day’s use of Glass.

In terms of safety, the device should be properly calibrated to eliminate any eye strain and minimize other safety risks. Hopefully, we will see developer devices available sometime in the first half of 2013 with a commercial release later in the year, or early 2014.

sources: IEEE Spectrum via BGR

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14 Comments

1. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Throw Google Maps on it. Now you really won't take your eyes off the road when driving. More obvious ideas to come.

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah, with lane assist and such that would be awesome!

10. MeoCao unregistered

I think the technology is not ready yet for Google Glass. The key is pixel density, Google glass must have at least 480p to be adopted by the masses and the screen is just too small right now to fit that resolution. Hopefully next year I can buy a Google glass.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't see the long term benefit of Project Glass. I can't see how this will lead to something unique.

9. MeoCao unregistered

LMAO, what do you think about Apple's glass? Apple is working on it and has some designs patented.

11. johnnh

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I don't see the long term benefit on you writting this kind of comments on lots of phonearena articles. Furthermore you are no leading to something unique. There are 3 or 4 other commenters which are always being sceptical about google's innovation

3. imeubeu

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

just bring it to the market, we''ll do the rest

4. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I can see applications where getting information normally requires looking away from the central task (like gps/sat nav/communications already mentioned). Then, there's always porn.

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I could see something like this being used more for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and military use, but not for everyday average Joe usage.

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

First thing I will do is I'll make a software that would measure your POWER level like DRAGONBALL Z it will be awesome!

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

12. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

we are borg. you will be assimilated. resistance is futile. I really hope google realizes the human brain can only perform one task at any given moment.

13. Rikkirik

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

This is another money losing project, like most other projects from Google. Failure rate of projects from Google over the last 12 years is 36%. From 251 projects over the past 12 years, 90 has been cancelled. If you include all the projects that have been launched (or that have been a project for years), but are not profitable yet, the failure percentage goes up. These projects include automated cars, Google Fiber, Google wireless, Google TV, Google Cube (game console), Android (yes Android), Google Cloud offerings (Google Drive, Google Docs etc), Google Glass, Google Netbook, Google NexusOne etc. 96% of Google's profits still come from Search (adds). Except for search Google has a big problem when trying to bring new innovation in a profitable way to markets. Do I need say more.

14. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I have to disagree with your conclusion. While many Google projects fail or make no profit in their current form, what they do definitely is. Google fiber was meant to be a sort of experiment to test new technologies and I am sure they will use the data in all relevant fields. Automated cars are being invested in for a long term payoff. What they learn helps them better maps, software, control systems,... that will become a goldmine in the near future. Google tries to create an environment that promotes innovation. Google Maps, Docs, and Calendar all started out as side projects and they all serve to funnel users to ads.

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