Google Introduces ‘Glass’
By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Apple and Microsoft have had their time in the spotlight this month; yesterday, it was Google’s turn to show off new devices. And those augmented reality glasses got some dramatic face time.
“Who wants to see a demo of Glass?”
On stage at Google’s event in San Francisco, co-founder Sergey Brin showed off Google Glass, with skydivers streaming live video and audio from the glasses as they jumped to the venue roof.
“It has a display, so I can see visual information right now — images, video. It has a camera to capture picture and video also.”
“Glass as a whole is designed to be close to your senses, but not blocking them.”
Creator Babak Parviz and lead designer Isabelle Olsson modeled the frames, which have a touch panel on one arm and a transparent screen over an eye. Google envisions putting search and other information within sight. They’re out early next year for developers with a $1500 price tag.
The company also demoed its own tablet, the Nexus Seven, with a seven-inch screen; it’s smaller and lighter than the iPad, and matches the Amazon Kindle Fire with a $200 cost.