Darin just got a Twitter message that his Google Glass is now ready! He will be able to buy it within the next two weeks and find out where he must travel to pick it up!
At Google’s annual I/O developer conference today in San Francisco, the first big wave of third-party apps for the Glass were revealed.
Twitter launched its official app, which lets Google Glass users tweet photos and text, as well as reply to, retweet, or favorite tweets and notifications. Originally there was a third-party app that let users tweet from the device, but it was only capable of sharing photos. Now when a user shares a photo using the app, it automatically adds the words, “Just shared a photo #throughglass,” in the tweet.
In addition to Twitter, the Google Glass also now has social media apps for Tumblr and Facebook, which seems to be focusing on photo sharing. After taking a picture, users can post it to their timeline immediately and add a caption just by using their voice.
Elle is trying to be the first magazine to bring its content to Glass; the magazine created an entire team to make it happen. By using the Elle app, users will be able to read stories aloud and view photos that accompany each piece.
It might be a little while before people get their hands on Glass, but at least when they do they’ll be able to go on some of their favorite sites. Darin, a Glass Explorer, should be getting his soon. Check out the tweet he received from Project Glass today:
Don’t bother searching for porn on the new Google Glass- the adult entertainment industry is not rushing to be part of the action just yet.
“We've decided to take a wait-and-see approach to Google Glass,” Steven Hirsch, founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, told FoxNews.com. “We want to see how quickly our target audience chooses to adapt it before we make any decision to move ahead.”
Something tells me that it won’t take too long until users are able to watch their favorite porn stars on the small screen- high resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
Until then, here are some things that you can do with a Google Glass.
One of the coolest capabilities of Glass is the fact that it can be used in a voice-activated control. By saying “Okay, Glass,” and giving it a command, the user can engage several different modes of operation. You can speak to get directions, make phone calls, search the web and more. The product is also responsive to head movements and a touchpad on the side of Glass.
With just one command, the product is able to do a variety of things like recording video and taking pictures. Although the Glass shows videos beautifully, one downside is that it’s only capable (so far) of showing those you’ve taken yourself. But once you’ve taken video or photos, the gadget lets you upload them to Google+ to share them with whoever you’d like.
With YouTube being a property of Google, you’d think that you would be able to access the site from the Glass. Kind of. By installing one of the first apps released for Glass, Fullscreen BEAM, you can share videos directly by uploading to your channel privately or sharing the link on Twitter. But users still cannot browse YouTube videos with that app, nor search directly with the search engine built into Glass. This means no watching movie trailers, Harlem Shakes or silly cat tricks on the Glass just yet.
Just as easy as it is to take pictures or video using the Google Glass, the gadget makes it possible for users to start a Google+ Hangout with friends and share experiences in real time, such as a party or concert. I see quite a bit of potential for novel media forms with Glass. Examples could include new programming based on point-of-view filming, as well as archiving footage of events from multiple perspectives. For social aspects, Glass’ capabilities welcome a new era of interaction. Friends can share events in real time that previously they would only be able to tell each other about after the fact.
Another aspect that I think will make the Glass extremely popular is the connectivity. Attached to a mobile phone or other device, Glass allows users to stay connected in an unobtrusive way, exploring the world around them and interacting constantly with the larger world of their social circle. Glass users can use hand-held typing devices, as well as voice commands, to send messages and brief e-mails, as well as use Glass to get information about the world around them. Need to quickly translate a sentence into Mandarin Chinese? No problem! Want to be given directions to the nearest coffee shop? Glass can help you with that!
Glass can also provide alerts about flights and give users updates on breaking news. Since as the creators and developers point out, people would not want to read entire articles on Glass, news-based functionalities will show headlines, or in the case of some content, Glass can “read” the story to the wearer. Linked with a Gmail account, Glass will provide wearers with new e-mail notifications as well, allowing busy users to stay connected without having to take out a device and go through additional steps
All in all I am excited to see all that the Google Glass has to offer. I’ve only seen one so far (on the street in New York City), but I can’t wait until Darin receives his and blogs about the experience. In some ways the Glass is still fairly limited as to what it can do, but I have faith in the developers who are currently playing with it to fix that. By the time the Google Glass is available to everyone (most likely early 2014), I’m sure it will be loaded with apps that make a lot more cool things possible.
The highly anticipated Google Glass will not be available to consumers until later this year, or possibly even early 2014. Until it’s officially available to the public to purchase, the Google is being selective as to who gets their hands and eyes all over it. And guess who’s going to be among the first to get one?
On his Twitter a few weeks ago, Darin was invited to become a “Glass Explorer,” or one of the first to be able to buy an early version of the Google Glass. In all, Google has picked about 8,000 people in the United States from their #ifihadaglass contest, which asked those who wanted Glass to tell what they would do with the device in 50 words or less. Darin’s answer: “I’d blog every day for 365 days about my experience.”
Stay tuned in the next few weeks to watch Darin share his adventures with Google Glass. I’m sure he’ll be doing everything except showering with it on (let’s hope), and telling the world all about it. I’m not sure exactly when he’ll get it, but it should be in the next month or so. Google said Wednesday that it started distributing the glasses Tuesday, though it may take weeks for recipients to get them.
Google posted the developer guidelines of its Glass Mirror API about two days ago, and developers are now getting their hands on their devices. The developers got their devices first so that they can get to work on creating apps on top of the Glass platform.
For right now all we can do is wait and get hyped. I’ll leave you with some interesting facts and information about the Google Glass: