Fun with Google's Project Glass

Google shows off Project Glass, the HUD-interface in your eyeglasses

Google's Project Glass, the concept video where they show wearable eyeglasses hooked up to a Siri-like voice control system and powerful communications network, has naturally become a source of controversy on the internet already. Some call it vaporware of Microsoftian proportions, others an unprecedented way for Google to record, aggregate, and monetize everything we do, and basically our entire lives. Whatever. The future is never easy and never comes without a cost. When it's here, each of us will determine what we're willing to pay and to sacrifice to use it, or not.

Meantime, some folks are just having fun with it -- riffing on the idea of how distracting it might be to have heads-up-display in real life, and what it might look like if Google ads are delivered to our glasses the same way they're delivered to our devices.

Whether you like the idea of Project Glass or not, or an Apple variation thereof or not, these are worth a watch and a laugh. (Second one is NSFW-L)

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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Anthony Pol says:

The first one is the demo version, the second is more like what you get. Just like Siri, doesn't always work ;)

stephen007 says:

Those videos are highly entertaining :-D
They also help demonstrate, while probably a bit over the top, the difference between a pie-in-the-sky demonstation of what is possible and the reality of what will actually be sold to consumers in the stores.

c_hack says:

LOL. Sad but true. I can't wait until the personal privacy advocates realize Google is tracking not just everything you do, but everything you look at. How much do I pay to not be forced into using this crap?

mech1164 says:

The second one is what I expect will more then likely happen. People are already distracted with text on phones. Imagine when they pop up while you are driving. Can it work? I'll say yes. Is it ready yet? H3LL NO!

FlopTech says:

$1 billion USD to the (estate of the) first person to get killed by a Google Glass-distracted driver.

lazzam81 says:

Woud it work out if it was an Apple product powered by Google and Siri? .... I bet all you fanboys will think differently.

Dominick says:

Just because it has a voice or personality, does not make it like Siri. What would Tony Stark say to Jobs? Hey Jobs, your Siri sounds like Jarvis.

T-Will says:

The 1st one was humorous but the 2nd one really made me EL OH EL. :-D

FlopTech says:

Brilliant. (The parody videos, not the original vaporware video.)

Mike B says:

I want to see someone hack Google so that I able to hide my face with the Laughing Man logo.

Greasy Nichols says:

You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be really something that I feel I might never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am having a look forward to your next publish, I will try to get the hang of it!

Jaffa374 says:

First vid, wud honestly love to see something like that on either platform, but the second video is more like reality, not to mention the laws that would come into play due to it stealing your focus while on the move. Great idea, but I can't see it ever being widely adopted.

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How google's project glass is going to revolutionize travellers and travel companies - http://www.travopia.com/2012/04/how-googles-project-glass-is-going-to.html

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Palinger says:

The only question is how much are they going to pay people to wear them? For mapping places they didn't get inside yet, for making the ultimate street view?
Luckily there will always be people that will do it for free and even pay for the device to do this for them :P

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