The Internet searching giant released a promo video on Wednesday that demonstrates âhow it feelsâ to wear the reality-augmenting headgear.
The video starred trapeze artists, ballerinas, skydivers, and skiers to give Googleâs fans a glimpse of the planned user interface and to show some new useful features that are predicted to make the project more than just a novelty.
The highly anticipated device sets to work when a user says the catch phrase, âOK Glass.â Those words unlock numerous functions â everything from voice-activated Google image searches to video recording. The hands-free device can even transcribe your spoken words and send them out as text messages.
When a user says âOK Glass, hang out withâ, the novelty starts a Google video call, letting everybody see exactly what youâre seeing, The New York Daily News writes.
Besides. the headgear allows to use Googleâs powerful navigation system, which is generally used by drivers and bikers to navigate through city streets. In its video Google squeezed in a tantalizing glimpse of a skier using Glassâs directions to find the nearest slope.
The Internet searching giant also demonstrated a new integration with Google Now, a personal assistant feature which is designed to deliver information that Google thinks a user needs at a specific time during the day.
One more amazing feature has been unveiled by Google on Wednesday. In the video, a man asks Glass how to say âdeliciousâ in Thai. Glass immediately checks it up and speaks the word back to him.
Besides showing off the user interface, Google released the video in order to find “bold, creative individuals” interested in pre-ordering the glasses at a reported $1500 (ÂŁ980).
According to leaked reports, initially at least, the company will only offer the technology to a select few.
The tech giants are running a contest asking for interested parties to submit their plans for using the novelty on Google+ or Twitter using the #ifihadglass hashtag – those selected will then be asked to stump up for the glasses.
â- Your application must be 50 words or less – You must include #ifihadglass in your application – You can include up to 5 photos with your application – You can include a short video (15 secs max),â the company explained the rules.
âBe sure to follow us on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass) so that we can contact you directly – You must be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S. to apply.â
A participantâs application also must be filed in English, and contestants are limited to three submissions,Â per the Terms and Conditions.
Google revealed that it will award Explorer Edition Google Glass hardware to up to 8,000 participants in its #ifihadglass contest.
Google will be receiving applications through Google+ or Twitter till Feb. 27. However, the “winners” still have to pay $1,500 for the device should they win, and pick up the product in person in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco.
It’s less of a giveaway, in other words, and more of an application process to prove that you’re worthy of being an early adopter, The Huffington Post claims.
As The Telegraph writes, though no launch date is set yet, Google is predicted to aiming to have the glasses ready for general sale in 2014.