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Google’s Project Glass – What you need to know

Google’s new device, Project Glass, allows its users (or wearers to be more accurate, as we’re talking about a high-tech pair of specs here) to send and receive video live, as well as do everything else a smartphone allows, but without the limitations of a keyboard or other touch input.

The extent of this device’s potential was demonstrated by a team of skydivers, who wore these ‘computer glasses’ as they dropped 7,000ft – allowing the crowd to watch their descent live, thus showing how users could share their most extreme moments using the device.

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Project Glass on sale to developers

Project Glass was on sale to developers at the event, who will have to wait until next year for its delivery. The idea is that those who are willing to meet the $1,500 (£961) price tag will help Google by suggesting further improvements for the device.

Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, explained:

“This is new technology and we really want you to shape it. We want to get it into the hands of passionate people as soon as possible.”

The device will be available in a less expensive form for general consumers by early 2014, but Brin admitted that the glasses would be more expensive than smartphones, being ‘a premium sort of thing’ in his own words.

Premium device

Project Glass allows you to see a text and start a video chat, or even snap a picture when you feel like it – all via a pair of glasses.

The display is a small rectangle that appears over the right eye, allowing a wearer to watch video without being distracted from whatever they’re doing – as an AP reporter demonstrated by watching a video of some fireworks as he took part in the demo.

Brin has concentrated on Project Glass since he took a step back from the day-to-day at Google in 2011 and he certainly seems confident in it:

“I think we’re definitely pushing the limits. That is our job: to push the edges of technology into the future”

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