New details on Google Glass released by company

Co-founder Sergey Brin models a prototype of the Google Glass. Picture: Getty
Co-founder Sergey Brin models a prototype of the Google Glass. Picture: Getty
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INTERNET search giant Google has set tongues wagging with the release of new details and information about their highly-anticipated Google Glass project.

A new video was uploaded to YouTube this week demonstrating the smart glasses’ capabilities, including the ‘point-of-view’ interface which allows videos to be captured from the wearer’s line of sight.

Company co-founder Sergey Brin has been seen on the New York subway in recent testing the glasses, whilst the company have launched a hashtag (#ifihadaglass) to get ‘creative individuals’ on board to help in the development of the project.

Taking the form of a thin headset with an eyepiece, the wearer will be able to take photos and record video with the glasses, as well as upload and share the content through email or on social networking sites.

The demo video illustrates how the user can make video calls and access a variety of information including weather updates and directions, all appearing in a small translucent square in the top right of their line of sight.

Considerably less cumbersome than previous similar incarnations, the Google Glass is at the forefront of what many predict to be a drive towards wearable technology in the latter part of 2013.

Other examples of wearable technology explored by companies include various forms of digital media goggles, such as the Airwave introduced by Oakley, and the concept of controlling a smart phone through a separate device - an Apple ‘iWatch’ is currently the subject of plentiful rumours across the technology spectrum.

Google initially unveiled the product during a demonstration at a launch event in 2012, where developers were granted early access to the product - for $1,500.