‘Okay, Glass’: Google’s wearable tech starts to spread

April 26, 2013

Google Glass is starting to make its way around the world, as the tech giant hands out the futuristic head-mounted computer. In case you missed it on The Fold Thursday night, here’s a look at what Glass looks like:

Former Washington Post staff member Michael Evans, a recently-dubbed “Glass Explorer” brought the technology to the Post and showed it off for The Fold. Worth noting: On the “Google” search function, the technology was 1 for 3 in its ability to return a result when asked questions such as, “When was The Washington Post founded.”

Evans says Glass is “not really distracting at all.” Having tried it, I have to agree. It rests just above the eye, outside the wearer’s direct line of sight.

Though Reuters reports that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has said talking to Glass in order to issue commands is “the weirdest thing.” He also said, “there are obviously places where Google Glasses are inappropriate.”

As Glass and other wearable technologies make their way around the world, discussions over privacy will continue to ramp up. As the Post’s Vivek Wadhwa writes, even the futurists, individuals who are supposedly the most primed for new-age technology, are expressing concerns.

Regardless of the concerns, organizations are already developing apps for the Glass operating system, with The New York Times, Path, Evernote and Skitch all having a presence in the nascent Glass apps space. The hardware is not scheduled for wide release until 2014.

If you’re a Glass Explorer, let us know what you think in the comments.

Disclosure: The author’s sibling works for Google, but not on the Glass project.

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