Google looks to future with internet glasses
Published 21/02/2013 | 04:00
Google is giving a few more people a chance to pay $1,500 (€1,130) for a pair of the internet-connected glasses.
The product, dubbed 'Google Glass', will be offered to those selected as part of a contest announced yesterday. Participants must explain in less than 50 words what they would do with the Google Glass technology. The deadline is next Wednesday.
Google did not say how many winning entries it would pick, and it doesn't plan to start selling Google Glass in the mass market until next year. The glasses will handle most of the same tasks as smartphones but respond to voice commands. They include a display screen attached to a rim above the right eye and run on Google's Android operating system.
Because no hands are required to operate them, Google Glass will make it easier for people to surf the web, take pictures or record video by using their voice.
In a demonstration of the product's potential, Google posted a video showing people wearing the glasses while skydiving, riding a roller-coaster, skiing and swinging on a trapeze.