Google Shows Off Early Prototypes Of Google Glass

Google I/O’s keynote was almost completely devoid of hardware discussion, aside from the stock Android Galaxy S 4. However, this doesn’t mean that Google I/O as a whole won’t discuss new or existing hardware. For example, Project Glass staff hardware engineer Jean Wang took a moment to speak about the design of Google Glass and how it progressed.

As you can see, they started with a standard smartphone strapped to a pair of glasses. While this is technically what Google Glass is, the design is obviously not quite elegant or usable. This design quickly progressed, getting smaller and more refined as time went on. The tiny projector that beamed images into your eye was replaced by a small display that you see on Glass today. And eventually, it was all compacted into a beautifully designed body.

With Google Glass being such a refined product now, it’s interesting to see how far it’s progressed. But in terms of software, it has quite a way to go. It’s currently in a testing phase called the Explorer program, where people had a chance to buy it and are now subjecting it to real world use. Next year, it’ll go on sale to the general public, and we can’t wait to see how it’ll be received. Will it be brushed off as a gimmick? Will it be outlawed in too many places? Or will it be the new fad? Leave a comment telling us what you think!

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