By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfuld)
Not sure if you heard but Google is changing the world. OK, maybe a slightly dramatic opening sentence but if Google has its way with Google Glass, the company will do to every day interactions what its search engine did to the Web, in other words, change them forever.
We first heard about Project Glass a few months back and it is safe to say, everyone was wowed. Since then, we saw some photos of Googlers wearing the glasses around town, like in the photo above. Except, as I have heard, when Scoble asked Brin to try on the glasses, the Google Co-Founder respectively declined the request.
We have even seen the CEO of the company wear the glasses throughout a 20 minute presentation about what the future of technology holds. You can watch that here. But again, only Googlers, none of us “normal folk” got to try out these futuristic prototype glasses. Until now.
Brin spoke to California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom on The Gavin Newsom Show and pretty much surprised everyone when he took the glasses off and let Newsom wear them. You can see in the video that the interface of Google Glass is navigated using some sort of a trackpad and, as we already know, it takes pictures.
Wired followed up on the interview and spoke to Newsom about the experience of wearing Google Glass.
“You can easily forget you have them on, and sense the capacity of use in the future,” Newsom told Wired, adding that the headset felt incredibly light, comfortable and inconspicuous on his head.
The governor also told Wired that the image quality seemed extremely crisp and clear, which is not surprising since we are talking about a very small display, obviously.
The most interesting part of what Newsom reported was that the experience was natural and that shifting focus between what was on the display of the glasses and what was in front of him, you know, in real life, was not difficult at all. Well, that takes care of this problem.
The bottom line is this. Augmented Reality is not something new. Having said that, it is still one of the most interesting technologies around and if implemented properly on glasses that are practical and semi-stylish, as Drew Olanoff of TheNextWeb said earlier, Google Glass can be the company’s “iPhone moment!”
Now, we wait for it to go to market, which Brin hopes will happen sometime next year. Now THAT is a Google product I would stand in line all night to buy!