The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Lillie-Beth Brinkman column
Feb 26, 2013 (The Oklahoman - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Since last week, I've been hearing more about Google's latest creation to integrate technology into our everyday lives: Google Glass.
The Google Glass Project involves augmented reality glasses that respond to voice commands and let you access the Internet. From videos, it appears that wearers wake up the glasses with the voice command "OK, Glass" and then tell them what they want to do -- record videos, share them with friends in Google Hangouts, get directions, find translations, snap photos and more.
The screen is projected inside the glasses themselves, so you'll find yourself looking at the image right at your eye level instead of directed at an external screen.
The glasses, which will retail for $1,500 when they're available in the next year or so, were already named among Time Magazine's 2012 best inventions. However, Glass is making news this month as Google is offering a chance for people to test them out early.
Between now and Wednesday, you can go online to Twitter or Google Plus and tell Google what you would do with the glasses in your life.
Use the hashtag #ifihadglass and explain in 50 words or less; you can include a 15-second video or photos.
If selected, you'll have to pay the $1,500 plus tax to buy them plus travel to New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles to pick them up.
Since I heard about the glasses, I've been dreaming of how to make my #ifihadglass application compelling enough to have a chance at testing them.
Google's video to introduce Glass features people jumping out of airplanes, navigating New York traffic on a bicycle, dancing in a ballet on stage, sculpting ice using Google images of tigers and happily playing in a park.
Would a video of helping my kids with homework or throwing together dinner be interesting enough compared with the sky divers I don't know, but it would be fun to show off Oklahoma City.
I think in the future it will be a bit disconcerting to talk to people wearing the glasses while they're surfing the Web, but we'll have to answer Glass etiquette questions as they develop.
If you have ideas for my Google Glass application or your own, post to me on Twitter @lillie_beth or email me for a possible future column. Send app ideas to email@example.com or find more online at blog.NewsOK.com/get-appy.
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