Google Glass video shows how smart glasses will work

Company offers glasses to volunteers to help with development - but they still cost £1,500

LAST UPDATED AT 15:37 ON Thu 21 Feb 2013

GOOGLE has given the world a sneak preview of how its much-anticipated smart glasses will work.  A video uploaded to YouTube shows Google Glass in action, with wearers flying aeroplanes, sculpting ice, playing with children and even performing on the trapeze. 

The display appears in the top right hand corner of the user's field of vision and in the video the glasses are used to take pictures, record videos, give directions, show weather reports and even hold video chats. The device appears to be voice-activated and can also browse the web and provide other services such as translations.
 
After releasing the video, Google announced that it was offering members of the public the chance to try out the glasses and help with their development. Google employees, including co-founder Sergey Brin, have been spotted testing them in the field.
 
"We're looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass," said the company. People can apply on Twitter and Google Plus using the hashtag #ifihadglass, explaining what they would use the glasses for. However, they will still have to fork out $1,500 for a pair.
 
Predictably, some people jumped at the opportunity to poke fun at Google. Forbes recorded many of the less-than-supportive messages. "#ifihadglass I'd share every dumb thing I saw and make my friends do so too until all humanity perceives the whole dumb world simultaneously," wrote one user.
 
The New York Times reported that Google was in talks to overcome one of the problems that the glasses have - their less-than-stylish looks.
 
"In a sign of how acute the challenge is for Google, the company is negotiating with Warby Parker, an e-commerce start-up company that sells trendy eyeglasses, to help it design more fashionable frames," said the paper.

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