Google Glass, also known as Project Glass, was revealed at last year’s I/O technology conference, promising a new generation of human-computer interfacing.
In simple terms, it’s the voice- and gesture-controlled computerised eye glasses we’ve seen in movies for years.
I’m not sure if Google is the first to produce something of this standard, but hey, it’s Google. That brings some promise of its own.
Glass has just moved out of the super-private beta testing phase, and Google is now offering regular folk the chance to explain why they deserve to be in the next stage of testing, which will include forking out US$1500 for a pair of the Glases.
“They should invent a treadmill with a laptop built in, and unless you were walking, the internet wouldn’t work. Like, you had to be walking on it, you can’t just trick it and stand on the sides. And if you wanted to download something you had to run, and the faster you ran, the faster it downloaded.”
For all of its flaws, it’s things like this that keep me coming back Android. Replacing the keyboard with third-party options, extensive file management options, universal sharing options, a (slowly but surely improving) universal design language, and so on.
There’s plenty to complain about when it comes to Android, but it does the trick for me.