So for those of you that haven't seen it, Google Glass is a head mounted device (HMD) running a modified version of android with a small glass cube in front of your eye as a display.
Google Glass Home Page
From Tech Radar:
Originally Project Glass was mooted for a public release in 2014 at the earliest but the latest news on the Google Glass release date suggest it's beginning to look like we could see consumer units by the end of 2013.
That's because the prototype Explorer units are becoming an increasingly common site around San Francisco - and Google is even allowing competition 'winners' to pay $1,500 to get these early offerings.
The core of Google Glass is its tiny prism display which sits not in your eyeline, but a little above it. You can see what is on the display by glancing up. The glasses also have an embedded camera, microphone, GPS and, reportedly, use bone induction to give you sound.
Voice control is used to control the device; you say 'ok glass' to get a range of options including taking pictures, videos, send messages using speech to text, 'hang out' with people or get directions to somewhere. You access these options by saying them out loud.
Most of this functionality is self explanatory; hang out is Google's video conferencing technology and allows you to talk to a people over web cam, and stream them what you are seeing and the directions use Google Maps and the inbuilt GPS to help you find your way.
The results are displayed on the prism - essentially putting data into your view like a head up display (HUD). It's potentially incredibly handy.
People are already developing some rather cool/scary apps for Google Glass - including one that allows you to identify your friends in a crowd, and another that allows you to dictate an email.
My first thought on these was how would they work with people who already wear glasses?
Yes. Google is experimenting with designs that will fit over existing glasses so you don't have to wear two lots of specs.
I've read a lot of paranoid discussions from people saying that google are going to be recording their lives and storing it on some massive database somewhere. Now while this would be an insane drain on battery life, some of these paranoid people should consider that their lives really aren't that interesting; especially considering the effort, cost and storage of that information.
Also from Tech Radar:
It could be. Google's business is about making money from advertising, and some people worry that Google Glass is its attempt to monetise your eyeballs by blasting you with ads whenever you look at something.
If you think pop-ups are annoying in a web browser, imagine them in front of your face. The ADmented Reality spoof is one of very many parodies that made us laugh.
Some of the parodies actually make a good point by showing people bumping into stuff: heads-up displays can be distracting, and there may be safety issues too. Until Google ships its self-driving car, the thought of drivers being distracted by their glasses is fairly terrifying.
There are privacy implications too. Never mind your web history: Google Glass might record everything you see and do.
There is a red recording light, but the tech certainly raises some key debates that will become more relevant as this kind of technology surfaces. What are the repercussions from having everything you say potentially taped, turned into text and searchable? What are the repercussions for free speech.
All radically new tech brings new potential for evil. But you have to weigh that against the capacity for good and the progress it brings
And finally, the most important point for many, the cost.
Will anyone on here be purchasing this device? Do you think it's a gimmick or is it going to go huge? Honestly I believe the latter. People will soon leave home without their glass and feel lost. I will be picking up a pair on release date in the UK.
tl;dr: Google are making a computer you can wear on your face and control with your voice. Estimated to cost about $750/£500. Some people think it's a conspiracy, others think it is the future.