Skydiving with Google Glass

While you can’t purchase them in a Google retail store quite yet, Google is out with a new video demoing more UI aspects of the company’s new high-tech glasses that display information.

The “How it Feels” video demonstrates how you can do everything from take pictures while skydiving or riding on a roller coaster to capturing videos of your kids, all with Google GlassBy simply saying “OK Glass,” users can pick from a list of voice commands like “record video” or “search nearby Thai restaurants.” 

Google began selling exclusive prototypes of the glasses last year to early adopters for $1,500 and those should ship sometime this year. There’s a target date of early 2014 for everybody else.

But if you want a sneak peek, Google is re-introducing a similar program for “creative individuals” who want to help the company shape the future of Glass.

It’s called the #ifihadglass competition and is open to US residents that are at least 18 years old. Applicants must write 50 words or less explaining what you’d do if you had Glass, starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass. You can include up to five photos and 15-second video with the application. And oh yeah — you’ll need $1,500. Deadline is Feb 27.

I find this technology really awesome. But some YouTube commenters raise good points:

“Instead of enjoying the moment, you take a video of it and force your friends to watch your self absorbed bullshit life on a video screen. YaY”

“The sad thing is that eventually this device will be delivering ads directly to your eyes.”

What do you think? Are you excited to try on a pair of Google Glass? Would you considering buying it?

Previously on GeekWire: Google considering retail store push, but where’s Amazon?

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  • Paul

    That’s such a great ad, the use cases demonstrate that looking like a dork is a just a tiny price to pay when you compare to all you can do with it.

  • Mark Waddle

    Imagine a world where everyone has glass hanging on their face and they are constantly interrupting you and life to say “ok glass … do this”. I think there is a way to go on making the device and the device interaction less intrusive before the social applications will be compelling.

    However I think the task based applications, such as driving, researching, coding, manufacturing, crafting, etc., are immediately compelling.

  • Adam

    My field of view isn’t square like the demo video. I’m not even sure what shape it is. Where will the display be? What about when I look up or to the side, will the little display window move around in my field of view?

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