Google Making Glasses Now?

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The much talked about Google glasses recently received another development update this week.

Reports say the company will be releasing new information on their high tech frames later this month, but it seems this is only for product developers. “Project Glass” will hold two events on each coast to showcase their one of kind spectacles.

“These hackathons are just for developers in the Explorer program and we’re calling them the Glass Foundry,” the invite goes on to say. And so, the average Harry can’t show up to see the glasses or take them home.

Over the last few weeks, some have been spotted wearing the glasses around New York City. One tester was wearing a pair with prescription lenses.

A photo of a Google Glass prototype seen at Google I/O in June of 2012
A photo of a Google Glass prototype seen at Google I/O in June of 2012

“We’re looking forward to what developers will do with Glass, but we don’t have more details to share at this time,” said a Google spokesperson when ABC News asked about the upcoming events.

“Join us for an early look at Glass and two full days of hacking on the upcoming Google Mirror API in San Francisco or New York,” Google said in an email invite it sent out to those who signed up to be on its developers list. These software and app creators will get a device to use on site and will come up with different software ideas and tie-ins, Yahoo reports.

At Google’s I/O conference in June, 2012, Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced that prototypes or “Explorer Editions” of the glasses would be sold to developers for $1,500 in early 2013.

For those who have not heard or read about Project Glass, I pulled a little information on it off Wikipedia.

Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented reality head-mounted display (HMD). Project Glass products would display information in smartphone-like format hands-free and could interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands. The prototype’s functionality and minimalist appearance (aluminium strip with 2 nose pads) has been compared to Steve Mann’s EyeTap.

The operating system software used in the glasses will be Google’s Android.

Project Glass is being developed by Google X Lab, which has worked on other futuristic technologies such as self-driving cars. The project was announced on Google+ by Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has also worked on putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a project manager and “geolocation specialist”; and Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as worked on the self-driving car project. Google has patented the design of Project Glass.