Google Glass video reveals user interface


— 6:00 AM on May 1, 2013

Now that the Google Glass Explorer program is in full swing, we're starting to learn more about the device. A few days ago, developer Jay Lee pulled some hardware specs from his, er, specs. Glass features a dual-core OMAP 4430 CPU and what looks like a gig of RAM—similar horsepower to smartphones from a couple years ago. (As we reported last month, the glasses also have 16GB of flash memory, a 5MP camera that can shoot 720p video, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.)

This sort of prodding apparently isn't verboten. Google is encouraging developers to poke around inside its wearable computer, which is unlocked to provide unfettered access. Explorers have ponied up $1,500 each for Google Glass, says Google's Stephen Lau, and they're free to hack it as they please. They just can't "resell, loan, transfer, or give" the device to "any other person," according to Glass' restrictive terms of sale.

So, what can you do with Google Glass? This handy how-to video explains the basics:

While I have little need for a heads-up display, I have to admit that looks pretty cool. The simple interface seems fairly intuitive, and Google's current design language is a good fit for the UI.

Google Glass has voice recognition, too, although Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt admitted that talking to the glasses is "the weirdest thing." According to Reuters, that choice quote comes from a speech to Harvard students, in which Schmidt also conceded that there are "obviously places where Google Glasses are inappropriate." At least the folks wearing them will be easy to spot.

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