$1,500 Google Glass eyewear in the mail

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googleglass2Are you one of the lucky ones to get a first glimpse through Google’s new mobile computing eyewear?

The company has begun shipping 8,000 pairs of Google Glass to individuals who entered a contest to be the first to try out the new eyewear. The winners have to fork over $1,500 for the privilege.

It’s one of the next big steps in bringing “wearable computing” to market. Apple reportedly is working on Internet-connected wristwatches.

As Techradar.com put it, Google Glass essentially frees data from desktop computers and portable devices like phones and tablets, and places it right in front of your eyes.

Google Glass displays data, photos, videos and other content on a small prism screen in the upper-right lense. The display is the equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from 8 feet away, Google said. The futuristic spectacles have a camera, touch pad, battery and microphone built into its frame, which comes in different colors.

Google Glass also responds to commands. You can tell it to take a picture or video, call or text a friend, find a destination, or record an event hands-free. You can then share your images or video with others. Rather than taking your eyes off the road to look at a GPS device, simply glance at the small screen in front of you. The device also will translate your voice into other languages.

Google is being very protective of the gadget. It’s terms of service states the following:

“You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.”

While the application process for testing the eyewear is over, Google says “there will be more chances to get Glass at a later date.”

Are you ready for a pair?

30 comments Add your comment

Glen

April 18th, 2013
11:59 am

Before you buy these, go on Netflix or dig up the DVD and watch Star Trek the Next Generation episode ‘The Game’.

Fan

April 18th, 2013
12:20 pm

A new way for people to crash their vehicles while driving or walk off curbs into traffic. I wonder how many deaths will be attributed to this “new” eye-wear?

CJ

April 18th, 2013
12:24 pm

@ Glen – excellent reference!!

Nathan Huffhines

April 18th, 2013
12:31 pm

I bet they make you go cross-eyed. #optigrab

Richard

April 18th, 2013
12:38 pm

Agree with Fan. This will definitely result in car crashes. It takes a lot of training to be able to use a device like this in any situation where you are walking or driving. In early testing with aircraft “heads up” displays, pilot crash into mountains in simulators. With time and training, the aircraft industry was able to overcome that. However, driving is much more complex and dangerous than flying with regard to heads up displays. There are no warning bells telling you a pedestrian is in a crosswalk or a car in your path hitting the brakes.

kellix

April 18th, 2013
12:39 pm

How many people will turn their cars into streets, that WERE there? Get hit by buses, I can see the lawsuits coming. lol

Fred ™

April 18th, 2013
12:53 pm

Just look at the comments from the Luddites……..

David

April 18th, 2013
1:12 pm

@Fred, Seriously!

RealityCheck

April 18th, 2013
1:22 pm

Fred,
These comments are not from “Luddites”. When walking, bicycling, driving, etc., and using their electronic devices, people ARE oblivious to what’s going on around them.

Google this

April 18th, 2013
1:33 pm

A fool and his money are soon parted. $1500 – LOL

oh no we are going to DIE!!!!!!!!!

April 18th, 2013
1:58 pm

” crash their vehicles while driving or walk off curbs into traffic. I wonder how many deaths will be attributed to this “new” eye-wear?”
-I also think they should remove the speedometer, radio/cd controls and AC/heater vents that are moveable. If we remove them it will save lives!!!!

Googlyeyesforgoogle

April 18th, 2013
2:08 pm

I think society will benefit from these glasses….

holy cow

April 18th, 2013
2:12 pm

@glen

Yes, I remember that episode. Nice reference!

MasterDeveloper

April 18th, 2013
3:03 pm

For anyone considering developing for Google Glass or interested in wearable computing in general.. Check out http://www.dsky9.com — these guys have a free GlassFAQ that provides a great foundation for anyone interested in this tech.. the future has arrived folks! The Glass Explorers are pioneers in a sense.

Funkisha

April 18th, 2013
3:05 pm

Next up: the Google cranial implant.

JF McNamara

April 18th, 2013
3:17 pm

I often pass judgement on products I have never seen, worn and otherwise know nothing about. It’s my way of being cool…

Cindy Lu

April 18th, 2013
3:28 pm

I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray… And this paddle game. – The ashtray and the paddle game and that’s all I need… And this remote control. – The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that’s all I need… And these matches. – The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control, and the paddle ball… And this lamp. – The ashtray, this paddle game, and the remote control, and the lamp, and that’s all *I* need. And that’s *all* I need too. I don’t need one other thing, not one… I need this. – The paddle game and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches for sure. Well what are you looking at? What do you think I’m some kind of a jerk or something!

Zed

April 18th, 2013
4:26 pm

Under the Google Glass terms of service[1] for the Glass Explorers pre-public relese program it specifically states, “you may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.” Wired (website) in commenting on this first of its kind policy of a company claiming ownership of its product after it had been sold said: “Welcome to the New World, one in which companies are retaining control of their products even after consumers purchase them.”

Brain Tumor Thursday

April 18th, 2013
5:00 pm

And it’s #BrainTumorThursday on Twitter. How appropriate the timing! smh…

Fan

April 18th, 2013
6:18 pm

@Cindy Lu – Nice “The Jerk” references. Steve Martin was great in that movie.

Fan

April 18th, 2013
6:19 pm

@oh no we are going to DIE!!!!!!!!! – “I also think they should remove the speedometer, radio/cd controls and AC/heater vents that are moveable. If we remove them it will save lives!!!”

Your statement is idiotic. Still in High School, are we?

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April 19th, 2013
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April 19th, 2013
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Ralph

April 19th, 2013
10:31 am

I agree with Richard. Some phone manufacturers are providing apps in their app stores now that will shut down any kind of data operation on the phone if it is moving faster than walking speed. I personally think it should be mandatory. Only phone call you might need to make while moving in a vehicle is 911. If you need a GPS, buy one that talks to you so you don’t have to look at the screen. Maybe they will add that feature to the glasses someday if they gain popularity.