Feb 212013

DVF [through Glass] – YouTube.

Google has launched its #ifihadglass explorers project. Prospective developers can submit a 50 word application indicating what they would do if they had Glass. The video above shows how Diane Von Furstenburg worked Glass into her New York Fashion Week show this past Fall.

There is a financial aspect of the competition that will exclude many: $1500 for the glasses, plus the travel expenses to attend a “pick up event” in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. This of course encapsulates a lot of the issues that will surround the technology when it is available for general release. The price point is well above that of higher end tablets and smart phones (the ubiquity of the latter is largely due to subsidies from cell phone carriers).

In short, I’d love to see what some of our Fashioning Circuits students could do if they had Glass, but given the expense, I think we’ll have to wait a while. $1500 plus travel expenses would buy a lot of arduinos and peripherals!

Mar 272012

When people think of cyborgs, they might immediately go to The Terminator, and when they think of techno accessories, maybe Geordi La Forge’s Visor. At any rate, it all seems far into the future, and really, not that attractive. However, a couple of techno accessories that may debut soon could change our relationship with technology.

Project Glass Design Publicity Photo - Courtesy Google+

Google Glasses:

Google Glasses, being developed by Google’s X labs, are expected to debut in late 2012 or early 2013. Designed to look like a pair of Oakley Thump Sunglasses, this accessory definitely flirts with fashion. Projecting images and data directly onto the glasses as the user is wearing them, it is also at the cutting edge of Augmented Reality. According to the New York Times, these glasses will be powered by Google’s Android Operating System, and will not only include search and overlaid Google Maps data, but could also include games controlled by the wearer’s gestures. Seeing someone randomly flailing about in them might take away from the fashion aspect of this accessory. Also, these glasses are obviously not meant to be worn all the time, but as people are wont to do, some would end up driving in them. Would Google Glasses be safer than using a phone or map to find directions while driving?

Read More: NY Times, NPR, Time

Update 4/11/12:

Since this article was originally posted, Google has publicly announce the Google Glasses project, which they simply call “Project Glass,” and have released the below  video called “One Day” about what a day might be like using the Augmented Reality provided by wearing them. In addition to using the Google Maps feature, you would be able to text and video message, check the weather, take pictures, and check your calendar, using gesture and voice commands.   Google Glasses don’t seem to be more than a hands-free, wearable smartphone, which honestly reminds me of the AR version of the Bluetooth headset.   Instead of the rumored Oakley Sunglasses design, the announced look will be clear, but seems more  Geordi-esque than what I was expecting, and definitely remind me a little bit of a sci-fi cyborg.  According to Google, the project is still in the design phase, but they still expect to release it this year.  Do you think that this time next year, you will see people walking around with Google Glasses, talking to themselves?  Would you wear them?

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