Google Glass UI demoed in new "How It Feels" videoAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Just a couple of months shy of Google's first announcement of its Glass headwear, the company has posted a new video offering a peek at the UI of Glass. Dubbed "How It Feels [through Glass]," the video shows several different users wearing Glass out and about and using the device to record video, capture and share photos, search for information and images, take part in Google+ Hangouts and reply to messages. The main "screen" of Glass appears to simply show the current time and the words "OK Glass." Once the wearer actually utters that phrase, they're given different options of things that they can do with Glass, such as "Take a Picture" or "Get Directions To."
Today's Glass video is actually the second that Google has posted. When Google shared the original clip, though, the company said that it was simply showing what its new headwear "might enable you to do." This new video appears to be a bit more of a realistic look at what Glass could look like to the wearer while in action, displaying a small rectangle with the time and whatever information that the wearer wants or whatever action he or she is carrying out. Of course, Glass is likely still a bit of a ways off from launching to the general public, so possible that the final UI could still be altered before release.
Speaking of release, it's still not clear exactly when regular folks like you and I will be able to easily buy our own Glass from Google, but the search company today revealed that it is opening its Explorer program up to more people. Google says that it wants "bold, creative individuals" to help develop the device, and so it asks that interested users tell it what they'd do with their own Glass unit. Entries must be 50 words or fewer in length and can include some photos or a brief video, and they need to be submitted on Google+ or Twitter with the hashtag "#ifihadglass." Google will then select some lucky folks to become a Glass Explorer that'll be given the ability to pre-order their very own Glass Explorer Edition unit for $1,500 and attend a "special pick-up experience" in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles. No one ever said that being an early adopter is cheap, right?