Google announces Project Glass, which aims to create glasses that have similar functionality to that of a smartphone. The project is early in development, but Google says that they want to release information about it in order to receive feedback from consumers. They release a concept video on Youtube depicting what using the glasses could be like when they are released:
Attendees at Google’s I/O conference are able to preorder Google Glass for the first time at $1,500 per unit. These preorders are planned to ship in early 2013 and are not necessarily the same model as the ones that will be offered to consumers upon release.
Google officially changes Project Glass to Google Glass.
Just a heads up that we’ve changed our page name to Google Glass since that’s what most of you are calling us nowadays. When we created this page more than a year ago, we chose “Project” to recognize that we were all exploring something new. Back then, the Glass Explorer Edition was still just a hope and a dream. Now we have Explorers with their very own Glass dreaming and exploring with us.
Google Glass is listed as one of the top inventions in 2012 by Time magazine.
Glass is, simply put, 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.
A developer’s workshop called the Glass Foundry is held in San Francisco. Attendees must sign a non-disclosure agreement. An email sent out to developers with Glass preorders partially reveals the purpose of the meeting:
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. These hackathons are just for developers in the Explorer program and we’re calling them the Glass Foundry. It’s the first opportunity for a group of developers to get together and develop for Glass.
Google creates a Twitter and Google+ contest to allow a small number of people to preorder the device. This is the first time preorders are open since 2012 when the original Glass Explorers are chosen. The cost is the same as the previous preorders at $1,500 per unit. Applicants must make an application which can include pictures, video or up to 50 words explaining what they would do if they were chosen to receive Glass. They have to put the hashtag #ifIhadglass somewhere in their application.
Now we want you to get involved and that’s why today we’re expanding our Glass Explorer Program. We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass.
A number of celebrities win the contest, including Soulja Boy, Neil Patrick Harris, Newt Gingrich, and Adam Savage.
Google releases a video called “How it Feels [through Google Glass]” which gives the public a first glimpse at how it actually looks to use Google Glass, demonstrating its user interface and basic functionality. It is an update to a previous concept video which is posted in 2012 on Google’s Youtube channel about Glass may look once it is completed.
Scoble posts a photo of himself wearing Google Glass in the shower.
Google allows certain Glass Explorers to invite one friend to preorder Glass. The friend has to be a US resident, at least 18 years old, has to pick up the device in San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles. This marks the first time Google lets typical consumers order Glass; before this point, all Glass Explorers are developers or hand-chosen winners of a social media contest for Glass. A Google spokesman tells Computerworld:
We are always experimenting with new ways to expand our Explorer program.
Vogue’s September issue includes a futuristic 12-page fashion spread set on an uninhibited planet. The models wear Google Glass along with winter attire as they explore the planet.
Apple programs Siri, a personal assistant feature present on its mobile devices, to respond sarcastically when users say “OK, Glass” to it. Responses include:
I think that Glass is half-empty
Stop trying to strap me to your forehead, it won’t work
Glass? I think you’ve got the wrong assistant
A Google spokesperson says:
Siri, it’s not you, it’s me. You see, I just met Google Voice Search and fell hard for her. She doesn’t just listen; she understands me.
Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts offers the first college course about Glass, called Health Innovation with Google Glass. Associate professors Stephen Intille and Rupal Patel design the class in such a way that students are encouraged to brainstorm new ideas for how Glass can be used to improve healthcare. Professor Intille says:
I thought it’d be an interesting course if we could design health technology to help people using those devices as a way to get thinking about how we might change the health care system for the better, using technology.
Cecilia Abadie, a Glass Explorer, is ticketed for speeding and distracted driving due to Glass. This is the first time someone is charged for wearing Glass while driving. No clear laws about using Glass while driving exist in California, so a judge is needed to see if the charges will stick.
Graham is interviewed on stage at the conference about emerging trends in technology. Asked whether he thinks there will be a ‘year of the wearables’ where gadgets like Google Glass take off, he advises ignoring individual trends and looking at commercial uses for wearables:
Never mind these fads…Just think about all the industrial applications, all the people who can’t carry a computer in their hands, mechanics who are climbing around in airplanes, or emergency workers, it’s going to be so useful to just display all the information.
He says there probably won’t be a point where wearables suddenly become widely used:
It will probably be this gradually rising curve.
The Glass Explorer site is updated to include a form where users can apply directly to be on a wait list to get Glass. Before this time, Glass Explorers are all chosen by Google or invited by other Explorers. It is not known how many devices are available through this application, but a Google representative tells The Verge that this is not a signal that the official consumer launch will be soon; it is just an expansion of the Explorer program.
The original Glass Explorers are given a chance to upgrade their devices to a new version of the hardware. They must mail their devices to Google to be replaced:
We want to say “thank you” for all the amazing feedback we’ve been getting, so later this year, all Explorers will have a one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new one. This hardware update will allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames, and we’ll also include a mono earbud.
Cecilia Abadie, the first person to be ticketed for wearing Glass while driving, is cleared of her citations. Commissioner John Blair rules that the officer could not know whether or not Glass was in use when Abadie was driving. However, he stresses that using Glass’s display while driving could fall under distracted driving laws. Google does not make a statement about the case but its website advises that Glass users not use the device while driving:
Read up and follow the law! Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road. The same goes for bicycling: whether or not any laws limit your use of Glass, always be careful.
An anonymous Glass Explorer is detained for wearing Glass in an AMC movie theater. The employees believe he is recording the movie with Glass, but he says he wears the device all the time because they have prescription lenses. He also claims the device is shut off.
Because I don’t want Glass to distract me during the movie, I turn them off (but since my prescription lenses are on the frame, I still wear them). About an hour into the movie (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says “follow me outside immediately”.
AMC confirms what happened:
At AMC Easton 30 last weekend, a guest was questioned for possible movie theft after he was identified wearing a recording device during a film. The presence of this recording device prompted an investigation by the MPAA, which was on site. The MPAA then contacted Homeland Security, which oversees movie theft. The investigation determined the guest was not recording content.
Google creates the Titanium Collection, which are new frames for Glass that can accommodate prescriptions as well as allow users to customize Glass to fit their own personal style. The frames cost $225 at launch but may be covered partially by insurance if a prescription is needed.
Google releases a list of do’s and don’ts for using Glass politely. Google suggests using Glass to explore the world and interact with others, using screen locks, using the voice commands, and contributing to the Glass Explorer community. However, they advise against zoning out for long periods of time while staring at the screen, engaging in high-impact sports, being rude about attention the device garners, and being a Glasshole:
Don’t be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.
Sarah Slocum, a San Francisco social media and business consultant, claims she had her Google Glass ripped off her face at a bar called Molotov’s, and then had her purse stolen as she gave chase. She tells the San Francisco Chronicle that her attackers accused her of “destroying the city.” On Facebook she says:
OMG so you’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some wanker Google Glass haters, then some *bleeeeeeeeeep* tore them off my face and ran out with them then and when I ran out after him his *bleeeeeeep* friends stole my purse, cellphone wallet and everything.
And describes the attack as a “hate crime”:
And what makes this story special is that no one has experienced a hate crime or been targeted for a hate crime, which is what it was, for wearing Google Glass.
Slocum claims that she did not record in the bar, however, the video she posts shows that she was recording using Glass.
Google makes a Google+ post responding to the top 10 myths consumers have about Google Glass. It mainly centers around privacy concerns people have about the device, for instance, the fact that people believe it can constantly record its surroundings when in fact its battery life only allows recording for up to 45 minutes.
Google announces a partnership with the Luxottica Group, which is the largest producer of sunglasses in the world and includes the brands Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette. The eyewear company’s shares rise more than 4% due to this news. Google hopes the partnership will lead to new, stylish frame designs for Glass.
For one day only, Google allows anyone in the United States to buy a Glass device. This is the first time Glass is open to the public. Before this point, everyone who gets Glass is chosen by Google or invited by a Glass Explorer. The price is $1,500 plus tax, but includes free frames (a $225 value).
Google starts a program where potential explorers have 10 days to try Glass frames and see which frame they prefer. The frames are on real Glass devices, but the USB ports are destroyed so they cannot be charged, thus making it impossible to steal the devices and sell them for profit:
You told us you’re interested in purchasing Glass, but wanted to wait until we had frames for Glass. We have some good news for you. We recently introduced the Titanium Collection — four feather-light titanium frames that are designed to fit with your prescription and personal style. And even more good news — you’ve been selected to participate in a free home try-on pilot, to help you find the frame style and Glass color that fits you best before you purchase.
CNN iReporter Kenny Zhu becomes the first person to use Google Glass to take pictures and video of North Korea.
They were suspicious of the Google Glass at first though, asking me some questions about it — how it work, what does it do, etc.. I let them played around with it and they seemed flattered and inquired no more.
According to EV Grieve a New York neighborhood restaurant called Feast receives 13 one-star reviews on Google after Katy Kasmai, the founder of Glass NYC (a community of Glass Explorers), is refused service for wearing Glass. According to the restaurant:
A few months previously, [Feast] had another diner wearing a pair and the restaurant received several comments about privacy from other guests. Restaurant staff asked the person to remove them, and he quickly consented. So when the other diner came in wearing Google Glass, management asked her to take them off before dining. She refused, and left the restaurant.
Kasmai wrote on Google:
Anti-Glass supporters have since left hundreds of positive reviews to counter those left by Ms Kasmai’s group.
Adrian Wong, the lead electrical engineer for Glass, leaves to join Oculus VR, a company working on a head-mounted virtual reality display called Oculus Rift. He has been working at Google since 2010 and has invented many of the patents related to Google Glass. He writes a farewell on his Facebook page:
Surprise! Today is my last day at Google. Three rollercoaster years with Google[x] and Glass. What amazing memories. Now, time for the next great adventure!
A source close to Google tells TechCrunch that Google Wallet is coming to Glass soon. Users will have to install the Wallet glassware application and then say they will be able to use the “send money” voice command to transfer money. Google takes a 2.9% fee or 30 cents from Wallet transactions, whichever is higher.
Active Ants, an e-fulfillment company from the Netherlands, gives Google Glass to its stock pickers with custom applications to aid them in their jobs. This reduces their error rate by 12% and increases their stocking speed by 15%. Jereon Dekker, a managing partner for the company, explains how using Glass is preferable to using paper to document inventory:
The first benefit here is that the picker’s both hands are now free to access products in the shelves. The second benefit is the step towards a paperless world: lists no longer need to be printed, signed and bound. The third and probably the biggest advantage is the time saved by sending orders directly to the Google Glass, without first printing, signing and binding them. The fourth benefit is error reduction.
Samsung announces that it will reveal a competitor to Google Glass at a trade show in September. A Samsung associate says:
We rolled out the smartwatch first, and have secured a considerable amount of smart glass-related technology and patents. Following the roll out of our smart watch Galaxy Gear in September last year, we are slated to introduce our smart glass Gear Glass this September.
IHS Inc., an information company, takes apart Glass and estimates that the parts are worth $152, about 10% of its $1,500 price tag. It adds, however, that engineering costs, software updates, and tooling costs make up for much of the rest of the $1,500 price. Google disagrees with their assessment:
While we appreciate another attempt to estimate the cost of Glass, this latest one from IHS, like Teardown.com’s, is wildly off. Glass costs significantly more to produce.
Minuum creates the first keyboard application for Glass. It allows users to input text into Glass without having to verbally state their message. A virtual keyboard is displayed on the Glass screen. To type, users must turn their head in the direction of the key they want to press and tap Glass in order to confirm their choice. The application uses predictive technology to decide which key they are trying to use and speed up typing.
For the first time, Google announces that the Glass Explorer program is open to anyone in the United States who wants to get the device, as long as it is in stock. Before this point, Explorers are chosen by Google or invited by other Explorers. The price is the same as it is for all previous explorers at $1,500 plus a free frame.
Three popular travel applications are released for Glass. Foursquare allows users to see businesses nearby and “check in” to them, broadcasting their location to their friends. TripIt updates users on the status of their flights and travel itineraries. Open Table allows users to see nearby restaurants and make a reservation.
Google Glass is introduced into the curriculum at UC Irvine School of Medicine. It allows students to get a first-person view of what instructors are seeing when they work with patients. , associate dean of instructional technologies, believes it will prepare the students for their real duties as physicians:
All of medicine is based on ‘seeing,’ not ‘reading,’ the patient.
Ross is hired as the new project leader of Google Glass. Though she comes from a marketing background and not a technology background, she has experience working with other large companies like Calvin Klein, Mattel, and Bausch & Lomb, the largest supplier of eye health products in the world:
With your help, I look forward to answering the seemingly simple, but truly audacious questions Glass poses: Can technology be something that frees us up and keeps us in the moment, rather than taking us out of it? Can it help us look up and out at the world around us, and the people who share it with us?
Startup developer Eaze introduces Nod to Pay, an application that allows consumers to pay for goods in Bitcoins with Google Glass. Users add their Bitcoin wallet information to the application and scan a QR code from the merchant which displays the cost on their display. Then two nods of the head send the payment to the seller’s Bitcoin wallet.
Venturebeat reports that in order to keep users’ head up, Google placed the Glass display to the upper-right. While this positioning can keep the user from crashing into things, it can also cause sharp eye pain as documented by several users:
— Paul Bilodeau (@deliber8prakts) December 4, 2013
According to Dr. Eli Peli, the Harvard optometrist who consults on ocular discomfort for Google, people almost never actually look to the side with just their eyes for long periods of time. During the setup process and in the first weeks of uses, he says users can look to the side for up to to a minute, sixty times longer than normal, causing eye muscle strain:
It’s not a headache, it’s sort of a discomfort in the eye muscles. To describe it as a headache is inconsistent with how people experience headaches.
Dr Peli says that as the user gets used to the device, the pain goes away for most users after a few days to a week,
Dubai police officers are experimenting with using Google Glass to help them catch traffic violators. Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, the General Director of Smart Services at Dubai Police, says two applications have been created for Glass to aid officers in their job:
One will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass, which will go instantly into our system, and the other application helps identify wanted cars.
Dr. Shafi Ahmed, a surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, is the first to livestream a surgery he performs on a patient with liver and bowel cancer while wearing Glass. Medical students around the world are able to get a first-person view of what he sees as he performs the surgery. Roy Pulfer, the patient, says he is glad to participate in the event:
I’m happy that it will help educate young people. They like using technology so it’s great for them. The staff have been great to me all the way and explained every step of the operation so clearly.
Students at Brigham Young University invent Signglasses, a type of software for Google Glass that allows deaf people to see a small American Sign Language (ASL) interpretor in the top right corner of their Glass display. This enables them to see the interpretors even in the dark. Currently it is used in planetariums so that deaf people are able to understand the narrator in virtual tours of the universe.
BetaBeat reports that Dr Peli has clarified his statements regarding Glass:
In an email to BetaBeat Dr Peli adds:
I’ve made it clear when I am asked that Glass may cause initial discomfort when it’s first used, but that I have found no health risks.
Google also commented:
Google communicates regularly with Dr Peli about his research. Once the story was published, Dr Peli reached out to us saying he felt the piece misrepresented what he said. He wanted to set the record straight by posting to his G+ page. His response is consistent with the views he has expressed about Glass over the past year.
Berlin artist Julian Oliver creates Glasshole.sh, a program which can detect a character string unique to the MAC addresses of Glass devices and block WiFi access. Oliver came up with the program after hearing that a fellow artist friend was disturbed by guests who showed up to his art exhibit wearing Glass. The device offers no way for artists to know if the Glass-wearing visitors are photographing, recording, or even live-streaming their work.
To say ‘I don’t want to be filmed’ at a restaurant, at a party, or playing with your kids is perfectly OK. But how do you do that when you don’t even know if a device is recording? This steps up the game. It’s taking a jammer-like approach.
Google announces eight new traditional frames and five new sunglasses for Glass, designed in collaboration between Google designer Isabelle Olsson and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. They will be available on June 23, 2014 and cost $120 more than other models of Glass. Olsson explains the vision behind Made for Glass:
Glass is designed to make your life easier. It offers a new, unique way of interacting with technology without distracting from your life. And it’s about being able to express your personal style at the same time. Diane really understood each of these goals and brought that vision to life. The Titanium Collection, which we released in January, is unisex, so I’m excited that we now have expressive women’s styles.
A Google spokesperson tells Phandroid that Glass is not coming to AT&T stores:
We have no plans to sell Glass in AT&T stores.
The rumor is started by Twitter user @evleaks who has over 175,000 followers:
AT&T USA will be one of the first retail locations to offer Google Glass for sale to the … – http://t.co/tKVcQMFWWB
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 9, 2014
The Alamo Drafthouse, a chain of theaters throughout the United States, bans Google Glass in its theaters. Tim League, the founder and CEO of the chain, takes to Twitter to explain the policy:
— Tim League (@timalamo) June 9, 2014
However, he says prescription Glass lenses may be allowed:
.@gay4soccer It will be case by case, but if it is clear when they are on, clear when they are off, will likely be OK
— Tim League (@timalamo) June 9, 2014
Glass is featured on a Daily Show segment called Glass Half Empty. The segment features sarcastic commentary on discrimination faced by Explorers:
Magellan was an explorer, Chuck Yeager was an explorer. You guys have a f-cking camera on your face.
Google announces Glass at Work Certified Partners, a program which encourages companies to develop Glass applications for business and industrial use. One of the first partners is Augmedix, which provides applications to help doctors view patients’ records in the Glass display while attending to them.