Google is giving more people a chance to pay $1,500 for a pair of the Internet-connected glasses that the company is touting as the next breakthrough in mobile computing; however, you have to enter a contest to get the chance to buy a pair of these glasses, dubbed “Google Glass.”
Rules for the contest are that the participants must live in the U.S. and submit an application of up to 50 words explaining what they would do with the Google Glass technology. Entries must include the hash tag “#ifihadglass” and be submitted through Google Plus or Twitter by next Wednesday. Google did not say how many glasses it will sell this way. Winners will receive the “Explorer” version of Google Glass, a forerunner of the product that is expected to be released to the mass market next year. Google Inc. already sold an unspecified number of the glasses to computer programmers who also paid $1,500 apiece at a company conference last June.
The spectacles, Google Glass, respond to voice commands instead of fingers touching a display screen. They are supposed to perform many of the same tasks as smartphones. The glasses also include a tiny display screen attached to a rim above the right eye and run on Google’s Android operating system for mobile devices. Because no hands are required to operate them, Google Glass is supposed to make it easier for people to take pictures or record video wherever they might be or whatever they might be doing. Online searches also can be more easily conducted by just telling Google Glass to look up a specific piece of information.
To gauge how people might use its glasses, Google is encouraging entrants in its contest to include up to five photos and 15 seconds of video with their applications. The company doesn’t want to see any nudity or violence. “Basically, don’t add anything you wouldn’t be OK with your Mom seeing,” Google advised. Google Glass is at the forefront of a new wave of technology known as “wearable computing.”
Reported by Nigel Boys