The much talked about smart glasses developed by Google are now available for sale in the UK for a cool £1,000.
Described as an evolution in wearable computing, the technology known as Google Glass has taken two years to come to market. The units are made up of a pair of spectacle frames that have a tiny, prism-based transparent screen mounted just above the right eye. The screen can take photographs or record video images with its in-built camera. Its functions are controlled by either a voice command or by a finger swiping across the frame’s right hand arm. Data is displayed on the screen and is only visible to the wearer. Its operating system is an alternate form of Android mobile software and requires a smartphone to become connected. The battery offers approximately 24-hours of life, but only 45-minutes if it is being used to record video.
Glasses now available
Despite being only a prototype, the glasses have gone on sale in the UK for £1,000 and are available to anyone over the age of 18, who has a UK address and valid credit card.
The head of Glass, product manager Ivy Ross, said, “We know there’s a pent-up demand for Glass, from all over the world. As we start to branch out we picked the UK first because we think it has a history of embracing technology, design and fashion, and I think there’s a resurgence happening in technology in the UK.”
Google would like buyers to provide feedback on the functionality and usability of the Glass so that future models will perform better. It is anticipated that the cost will eventually come down to roughly the same price as a smartphone.
Google Glass is currently available to fit with prescription lenses and designs are planned which will have five swappable frames, as well as being made as sunglasses. The Google Glass has had several customizations to make it more suitable for the UK market, including adaptations of its voice recognition software so that it can understand the wide variety of British accents.
The Google Glass is available to buy online, but can also be tried on at a ‘Basecamp’ center currently located in London’s King Cross. This latest Google product launch should impress any chief technology officer and numerous technology addicted UK consumers.