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2/25/2013 (1 year ago)

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Futuristic glasses will be available for $1,500 - along with a personal essay, video

The Internet, along with Internet search giant Google has changed the way we view the world. Now, a new type of eyewear manufactured by Google, simply called Glass - will change how we view the world - literally and figuratively. A magical pair of spectacles than floods the user's mind with information at the speed of thought, Glass will be available this year for some cash and a highly unique application system.

Wearers of the glasses will be able to ask questions - such as 'How long is the Brooklyn Bridge' and receive an instantaneous answer.

Wearers of the glasses will be able to ask questions - such as "How long is the Brooklyn Bridge" and receive an instantaneous answer.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/25/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Glass, Google, spectacles, Internet, application


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In order to get a pair of the magic spectacles, Google has an interesting screening process. They will be available for $1,500 cash, and those who want them will have to tell Google why they want them.

Potential "Explorer" early-adopters will have to apply in 50 words or less, including a short video -- 15 seconds maximum along with five photographs, to explain what they would do with the early version of Glass.

Early birds will have to order a $1,500 Project Glass "Explorer" kit and attend the pick up in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco in person.

"We're looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass," the firm says. "We'd love to make everyone an Explorer, but we're starting off a bit smaller.

"We're still in the early stages, and while we can't promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting."
  
The simple design of Glass, looking like a pair of unframed safety goggles, is set to change. Google is believed to be working with designers to try and make Glass less obtrusive and more stylish. Google Glass will come in a range of colors - and the firm is working with spectacle designers to make the gadget look trendier.

Wearers of the glasses will be able to ask questions - such as "How long is the Brooklyn Bridge" and receive an instantaneous answer.

Google demonstrated a mockup of a more advanced version of the system, giving clearer directions to wearers. The system will also be able to automatically translate speech into another language

Another concept showed the glasses reminding a user of their flight as they move through an airport and telling them of their current flight status.

Google glass has a small screen, and is controlled by voice of gestures on a small track-pad on the arms of the glasses. The glasses use voice recognition, but also have a track-pad on one arm to negotiate menus.

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