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article imageTesters wanted: Love to try Google Glass?

By Eko Armunanto     Feb 20, 2013 in Technology
Google Glass testers wanted, get your application in today. Google is opening up a testing program for its wearable high-tech specs to anyone, provided you can impress the company with an application and have $1,500 to spare.
A video has been posted on Youtube showing Google Glass in action, including the interface which appears in the wearer's line of sight. The opening is mainly aimed at developers, applicants should have strong ideas about how they want to use the new technology. It's shown on the demo video how The Glass can be used to take pictures, record video, and share content directly via email or social networks using voice commands such as "OK, Glass, take a picture".
Other features include Skype-like video chats, weather reports, and map directions. All of this information appear in a small translucent square in the top right of the wearer's field of vision.
"We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass. 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", says Google in its glass project website explaining how to get one. It will extend invitations to the top 8,000 applicants with the highest scores.
Those selected must be able to pick up their devices in person in either New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Entries must be submitted by 2:59 a.m. Eastern on Feb. 28; contestants must be at least 18 years old.
Glass is basically a computer built into the frame of a pair of glasses, and it’s the device that will make augmented reality part of our daily lives. With the half-inch (1.3 cm) display, which comes into focus when you look up and to the right, users will be able to take and share photos, video-chat, check appointments and access maps and the Web. Consumers should be able to buy Google Glass by 2014.
Google has yet to announce when general consumers will be able to buy Google Glass. But that’s smart. Google is slowly rolling out units to die-hard fans that can likely help the development and deal with first-gen bugs.
"Frankly, at this point, Google Glass isn’t ready for mass consumption. It will be released when it’s ready and until then, lowly consumers like most of us will have to sit on the sidelines and enjoy the future vicariously through YouTube demo videos", said Mat Burns for TechCrunch.
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