The searching giant helped create a world brimming with digital distractions for people who spend quite significant part of their lives tethered to the Internet.
The breakthrough seems unlikely to change so Google Inc. is working on a way to search for information, watch online video and post photos on social networks or to read text messages without having to fumble around with a hand-held device.
The device is a wearable computer â€” a pair of Internet-connected glasses the production of which has been kept in secret for two years.
However, the technology progressed far enough for Google to announce “Project Glass” in Aril. Now the futuristic experiment is moving closer to becoming a mass-market product, reports SF Gate.
The company announced Wednesday its plans to sell a prototype of the glasses to U.S. computer programmers attending a three-day conference. Developers were offered to pay $1,500 for a pair of the glasses to receive them next year.
Google believes that the programmers would suggest improvements and build applications to improve the glasses and to make them more useful.
“This is new technology and we really want you to shape it,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said Wednesday. “We want to get it out into the hands of passionate people as soon as possible.”
If nothing will change, a less expensive version of the glasses is due to go on sale in early 2014. Brin predicted that the glasses would cost more than smartphones.
“We do view this is as a premium sort of thing,” Googleâ€™s co-founder said during a question-and-answer session with reporters.
Google hired skydivers who jumped out of a blimp hovering 7,000 feet above downtown San Francisco, wearing the new-generation glasses, which are equipped with a camera, to show how the product could unleash entirely new ways for people to share their emotions.
Until the skydivers landed onto the roof of the building where the conference was held, all the people inside were able to watch the descent through the skydivers’ eyes as it happened.
“I think we are definitely pushing the limits,” Brin told reporters after the demonstration. “That is our job: to push the edges of technology into the future.”
He went on and revealed he became excited about the project when he tossed his son in the air and a picture taken by the glasses captured the joyful moment, just the way he saw it.
“That was amazing,” Brin said. “There was no way I could have that memory without this device.”
By the way, Google Inc. has not only hired sky divers to swoop down from a blimp to showcase Internet-connected eyeglasses, but has also unveiled a new tablet and a home entertainment device.
However, while Googleâ€™s glasses are in the experimental phase, the duo of new Nexus gadgets are ready for prime time, and the company is hoping they will land in the center of consumers’ digital lives, says The Los Angeles Times.
The new tablet and entertainment unit are designed is the way to talk to each other, enabling Google users to buy movies and music, play games and grab online information whether Web surfing on the couch or on the move.