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Google's Sergey Brin has confirmed that the first units of Project Glass, his pet project of wearable computing systems previewed earlier this year, will be available to US customers early in 2013. The glasses have a screen above the right eye, with a CPU, wireless radios, memory and a camera with a touchpad and control button …


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  1. zen1


    "Tomorrow we want to see a bikini-clad Larry Page leaping over a tank of sharks on a motorbike."

    This little visual will wake me up screaming in the middle of the night, for weeks to come. Thanks a lot.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nasty

      If I have to see Larry Page wearing a bikini, I want to see him leaping only half-way over a tank of sharks --with frikkin' lasers-- on a motorbike.

    2. Uncle Slacky Silver badge

      Re: Nasty

      Shirley Google already jumped the shark a long time ago?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Nasty

        Don't call me Shirley

  2. JDX Gold badge

    $1500 isn't eye-watering. And I thought this was only vapourware, not something they actually had working! Where is the CPU?

    1. Stephen 2

      Agreed. I'd happily spend $1500 on them

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Mission: Impossible?

    Does this remind anybody else of a (modern era - Cruise version) Mission: Impossible action sequence?

    Against whom might Google want to deploy such antics?

    Perhaps that explains the flak cannon shipments to Redmond?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ah, to be a billionaire who can have his feverish cheese induced dreams mocked up into a working prototype. You'd be reviewing some crazy shit on this site to be sure...

  5. miknik


    ...who do I have to sleep with to get an invite to Google I/O next year?

    1. Spearchucker Jones

      Re: So.....

      Not sure wearing a set is such a good idea when sleeping with someone. That's taking the data slurp (pardon the pun) to new heights (pardon the pun).

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: So.....

        Why? Sounds perfect to watch porn while shagging the missus.

        No more "couples movies" rubbish.

        1. Anomynous Coward

          Re: So.....

          Augmented reality software on these will one day make your partner look (even more) like the woman / man / goat / melon / washing machine of your dreams - he's working for one of the ultimate geek goals, removing the power from the beautiful people.

          Now back to my Mecha-Beckham football-suit blueprints . . .

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  7. Sam Liddicott

    Unlike Apple

    Steve Jobs want's sheep to buy his dream and do what he wants them to do with it.

    The Google duo want us to buy their dream and do whatever we want to do with it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Unlike Apple

      After paying $2400 ($900 Google IO + $1500 pre-order) for a alpha product without any specifications they might as well...

      But do tell, are you sure you can do whatever you want with it?

      1. Fibbles

        Re: Unlike Apple

        Sure the price limits this device to only those who are really interested in it but I'd still say offering something like this to developers is better than keeping it as a private R&D project.

        There is always someone out there who will find a use for your hardware that you'd never have dreamed of in a thousand lifetimes.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Unlike Apple

          But who's saying this will become public R&D project? Not Google, that's for sure. They've been very private about it. Android's R&D isn't open either until release so I can't see this being any different.

          Developer pre-orders means that next year they'll have an API you can use. There's nothing more there to assume anything beyond that.

          The hardware is already patented so can't see that being open. We'll see about the software, but it's odd they haven't said it would be open source yet.

          From Sergey's interview I suspect it'll be browser based, probably using the new Google Now stuff.

    2. toadwarrior

      Re: Unlike Apple

      Don't worry. Jesus loves the special children too.

  8. Mike Flugennock
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    What, again?

    Wearable computers have been just around the corner for, what... twenty-five, thirty years now?


  9. Zack Mollusc

    Sounds good

    It is worth it for the wireless radios alone. The wired radios I have been using on my phone and laptop are very annoying.

  10. Parax

    Think Pebble.

    Surely they are forgetting something? The phone in my pocket.

    I don't need a second independent device, when all my accessories can connect to one master device.

    I don't think this will work as a separate device, and I don't think it will work as a replacement to a phone. I think it will only work as an accessory to a touch screen smart phone.

  11. Mike Judge
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    Project Glass aside...

    I'm a fan of the Google brand. But even if I wasn't, I'd still say this: Google just made Apple's WWDC and Microsoft's Surface unveiling look like last decades' news in a little over two hours. They also made Facebook look like your grandma's social network.

    Loads of product announcements (I'm really liking Nexus Q), and I already have a Nexus7 on order from the Play store.

    The Android 4.1changes make iOS look even more dated, and the offline maps in Google Maps, the new Google+ Android app, and the Events integration into G+ is outstanding and here NOW.

    This one seriously went to 11 and made Microsoft, Apple and Facebook look totally irreverent. I would hate to be the journalist that is looking rather embarrassed right now for dedicating 10+ pages to Apple "news" and yet barely mentioned Google I/O

    1. It wasnt me

      Re: Project Glass aside...

      Wow. Holy mother of wow. That is the most sycophantic piece of brown-tongueing I have read for a while, thats for sure.

      Is there much light up there? I dont suppose it matters. If you're wearing the glasses then you can just have a little bit of reality magically beamed straight into Brins arse.

    2. toadwarrior

      Re: Project Glass aside...

      I'm not sure how much google is paying you but it's nothing special that they come up with so many products. They need to do that because they'll abandon most of them in 6 months to a year.

    3. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: Project Glass aside...

      Meanwhile, in the real world.

      ICS still has that "6/10 please try harder" thing going for it. (Attenuated voice dial prompts, WTF?? - fixed by enthusiasts in 4.0.3, still missing from vanilla today. EAP authentication broken since 2.1 and still not fixed. Etc ad nauseum.)

      Map cacheing. Whoop de do! Meanwhile, every other satnav product has done offline maps since Jesus was a lad. If you're playing catchup, try doing so in less than a decade, it's supposed to be a fast-moving business this.

      G+ is an irrelevance, which is hard to achieve in a category of online hangouts for sad bastards, so I suppose that's some sort of genius at work.

      What are you, some sort of fruit fanboi who's been seduced by the dark side??

      Oh and as an Android ICS user, even I have to admit that the WinPho UI pees all over both the latest Android and iOS ones for usability. Hard to bear as I just shelled a load of wonga on a new 'droid.....

    4. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Project Glass aside...

      They announced a cheap tablet and a ridiculously expensive media player.

      I don't do Google+ and use Facebook as a birthday calendar. Giving my life details to data mining companies is not my cup of tea.

      Nothing at all about Glass other than it streams video (I already do that with a GoPro, probably with much better quality)

      I guess if you got excited by the skydivers? Talk about sales gimmicks.

  12. snarf

    Worm hunters

    Some of these developers will be releasing the first wave of apps for this device, and thus coining in on their seemingly extravagant $1500 purchase.

    Subject is in reference to the early bird, of course.

  13. Andrew Pike
    Big Brother

    For those who found this piece just a little sycophantic I suspect the following typo? gives a clue as to what the reporter really thought:

    "Two professional skydivers in wing suits parachuted from a blimp 4,000 feet above the Moscone Center, maintaining a constant *steam* (sic) of video until they landed."

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Sounds like Microsoft have lost one astroturfer to the 'do no evil' company...

    The glasses are a great idea I think and it's good that they are willing to take a gamble and get them out there, because that's the only way that this sort of technology will become a reality and force other companies to come up with similar and better offerings.

    As for the person who questioned why they need this when they have a phone well I could see a scenario where the smartphone goes back to being a dumb phone and when it rings it's answered by the glasses and you speak into the mic on the glasses and while the phone does a lot of the grunt work it has no touchscreen or massive display because all the apps are projected on the screen of the glasses via bluetooth or something. Then eventually once the technology is there the phone goes completely.

    And if you want to pay something with NFC you have to bend down to the shop counter and rub the side of your glasses against the till.....

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    where is the battery?

    I read somewhere else that these weigh less than a normal pair of sunglasses - so I guess the battery isnt in the frame? so where is it?!

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: where is the battery?

      Our intrepid skydivers had wires dangling out of the glasses into their suits. Was that power? Or their radio link-up?

      I have another question to ask on the glasses. How do you read them? That's a very small screen in the top corner, and by definition is between your glasses and your eyes. So anyone who has to wear corrective glasses may struggle to read it. Even worse for anyone who has to wear reading glasses, as these are designed to be used while you're walking around, and that's when you don't wear your reading glasses (or you'd bump into things).

      It also seems strange that the glasses should be anything other than a remote device for the phone in your pocket.

  16. multipharious

    Rough around the edges... could say that. You could also say that there are not many people that want to look like they are members of the Borg collective. Nice stylin' Google.

    Looking forward to seeing what's in store for us in augmented reality.

  17. Mark 'Brain Fart' Berry

    Funny, but I seem to recall at least one other company flogging wearable computers with "glasses" at least 10 years ago for use in the engineering space.

    I guess Google can leverage their awesome giantness to, ermmm, give you a heads up google maps?

    Its a cool gadget, whoever makes it practical, but its hardly new and / or groundbreaking anymore. More a practical demonstration of marketing.

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      To be fair to Google, it's some pretty good marketing.

  18. Craig Chambers

    Was this article edited?

    Ignoring the actual content, the article is littered with typos, random capitalisation (including whole words), missing spaces, missing letters and extra words. I can understand that sometimes an article is submitted from a mobile device by a reporter in the field, but surely that is why there is an editorial staff?

    It's way below The Reg's usual standards.

  19. Andy Farley


    Why did the skydivers hand off to psychologists?

  20. bexley


    OK so when do the compulsory ads come in to ruin it?

    Imagine having a sidebar on all the time display targeted ads based on everything you looked at while wearing them or where you have been etc...

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