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First Look: Hands-on with Google Glass

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First Look: Hands-on with Google Glass

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Wearable computing is here -- sort of. Scott Stein takes a look at Google's vision of the future: the Explorer Edition of Google Glass.

Hi. I'm Scott Stein, and I am wearing Google Glass. Do I look like a cyborg? You've probably seen a lot of these things around. And this is Google's attempt to bringing maybe a little bit of a sci-fi head-mounted future to you. There's a lot of intimidation going on here. You may think I am scanning you, or I have descended from some Star Trek movie. In reality, Google Glass has a very specific set of things that may not be exactly what you think it does, yet. For instance, it does not scan everything around you in reality. It actually just hangs an image up here on the screen, and it does interact with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to your phone or to your home Wi-Fi network or laptop to do a variety of things. You could place texts, you can make a phone call, you can engage in a Google hangout video chat where they see what you're seeing, or you could search Google, get turn-by-turn directions. But it's a pretty limited set of uses right now. And none of them involve Google goggle-style analysis of the environment popping up information, or any sort of weird world where things you see start interacting with things virtual. Again, not yet because Google Glass is an Explorer's program looking to develop apps. And while Google has expressedly discussed the ideas of privacy and the concerns regarding that, certainly seems like it could open up to gaming or other interesting applications as the next year goes on. It's a $1,500 device right now. This is only meant and can only be gotten by people who have signed up for the Explorer's program or through Google's hashtag campaign, trying to win a pair for themselves or the right to purchase one. And at that price, it's really not designed for consumer use. In the next year, will this be something different than what we've seen now, or an evolution? Who knows? But what you're doing now is you're getting that projected screen interacting with a-- in an almost a video game-like way, the combination of voice and touch. There is a touch pad over here, a 4-way touch pad that you can use to scroll through menus and talk to it. And between that and a bone-conducting speaker in the back, and microphone, you get an audio-visual depiction of what you wanna see, and can browse to some extent through content. So, it's a bit like a Bluetooth headset, it's a bit like a smartwatch, and it's a bit like something else entirely different. Who knows what we'll see? Stay tuned for a lot more coverage on CNET as we look at this over the next week or so. I'm Scott Stein with the first look at Google Glass.

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