Google Glass is an interesting concept that is fast shaping into a commercial product that is bound to meet with ultimate success in the future. For those who have no idea what Project Glass is, it is a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented reality head-mounted display (HMD). Basically, Project Glass aims to deliver smartphone like functionality to user’s eyes directly via an eyewear while interacting using natural language voice commands. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? It is, and we have already seen few videos about Google Glass.
Google recently posted a video on YouTube on Wednesday which gave us a “glimpse” of how Google Glass would feel like. Some of the examples demonstrated in the video include turn-by-turn navigation, taking photos and translating languages on the spot. The final experience should be pretty close.
Google Glass is definitely a solid concept. Basically an eyewear which when worn transports the user into a world where the Internet is always in line of sight. We are meshing two different worlds, but what’s the point of having such a glass if its bulky enough to make it weird and obvious that you’re wearing one. The eyewear should be stylish because sooner or later the product will be leaving the developer’s sphere and casual users will only buy it if it appeals them. According to latest reports, Google has taken a note of it and apparently it is in talks with eyewear startup Warby Parker to make Google Glass more fashionable. Warby Parker is an eyewear startup which in September received $38 million in Series B funding and deals in selling trendy eyeglasses. It should be noted that neither of the two companies have commented or confirmed the rumor, so take it with a pinch of salt. On the other hand, the news could be very true because it is a logical step for Google. Google would definitely like to make their glasses more fashionable, or at least offer in different designs to strike the fancy of people with variety of tastes. While Google has been getting much better at software and hardware design, wearable fashion is a different ballgame and getting help from outside should be profitable for Google.
The word on the internet is that Google is currently experimenting with variety of frames with different styling. It is also considering integrating prescription lenses into its product, which again is a logical step since not everyone has perfect eyesight.
Google has already sold few glasses to developers and is opening up for another round of sales to interested enthusiasts and it will cost $1500 a pop. According to the official website, the product will be available in five colors: charcoal, tangerine, shale, cotton and sky.
Google Glass is exciting and once it is mass produced, it will be made much more accessible to general public. What are your thoughts on Google Glass? Would you like to own one? Let us know using the comment form below.