Google releases Project Glass demo video from SXSW

Remember Google's tell-all video of Glass, wherein it demonstrated the many ways in which users can make it a part of their daily lives? Seems like Google has more to share on Glass, and this time it is through a video of Google developer advocate Timothy Jordan's presentation at last month's SXSW (South by Southwest Interactive conference). 


The roughly hour-long video shows Jordan take the assembled crowd through a demo of the Glass. "To experience Glass, you really need to put it on," he exclaimed. He stressed on how Glass stays in the wearer's field of vision, without getting into the way of anything. After donning the Glass, Jordan demoed it by first asking Glass to make a live Google search. He then instructed it to take a picture, upon instruction. All in all, he demonstrated how it was possible to control Glass using voice, head gestures and touch. By swiping, he even showed off the timeline cards that depict the activities carried out over time.


"Glass is a unique platform. It is fundamentally different than existing platforms like your phone or tablet" Jordan added while speaking on the design for Glass. He added that Glass users would want to have the technology in front of them when they need  it, and move out of the way when they don't.


He then moved on to talking about the Mirror API, and this he said was the first time they were talking about it. "We built the Mirror API, so people could build Glass services quickly and easily," he said. 



The demo video that Google released in February this year showed scenes and sights through the eyes (oops! the Google Glass) of the wearer. While they go about doing things, they demonstrate the features of Google Glass. Say, you can instruct the Glass to click a picture of the scene in front of you or record a video, then if you choose, you can share that with a friend or a relative. The wearer has to say “take a picture” to instruct the Glass to take a picture.


If on a busy, traffic-ridden street, or anywhere else, the Google Glass can also give out route instructions to the wearer. Interestingly, the wearer can also participate in a Google Hangout, and this way his friends and relatives can enjoy the sights and scenery that the wearer is enjoying or be part of an important gathering, despite not being physically present. 


The Google Glass wearer can also initiate Google searches if he comes across something interesting and wishes to know more. 


Suppose you're in a foreign country and are unfamiliar with the local language, then the Glass can also translate your statement to the local language as soon as you instruct it. The wearer can also send a voice message by speaking into the mic. The Glass also lets the more curious ones ask whatever's on their mind. 


The Glass is available in Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton and Sky colours.  

Published Date: Apr 05, 2013 11:22 am | Updated Date: Apr 05, 2013 11:22 am