Google Glass Explorers Post First Amateur Videos Using Device


The moment the world has been waiting for has finally arrived. No, it’s not the “Saved by the Bell” reunion special. It’s even better. The first Google Glass Explorer Edition headsets have started arriving in the mail to the elite group of developers lucky enough to test the much-anticipated prototype outside of Google’s offices. And the first non-promotional videos recorded with Glass are already showing up online for the world to see.

What does this mean to the rest of us that can’t get our hands on Google Glass just yet? We can finally see it in action from a real-world perspective. Take Glass Explorer Matt Abdou, for example. Upon receiving his device, he went straight to the go-kart track and shot a racing video like none we’ve seen before.

Glass features a 5-megapixel camera sensor and can record video in 720p. But based on a screenshot posted by Glass Explorer Cecilia Abadie, driving directions can be sent from an Android device to Glass via the MyGlass app. Glass also includes 16GB of internal storage as well as Google cloud storage.  Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allows users to connect to any blue-tooth capable phone, and the MyGlass app allows connection to Android devices for GPS and SMS support.

The audio and visual qualities of glass are the most astounding, however. The headset lacks lenses, instead a small screen above users’ right eyes projects 640×360 images—the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away—directly onto users’ retinas. Audio comes from a bone conductor transducer that sends vibrations from the users’ ears through their bones.

Although videos posted so far mainly highlight Glass’ recording capabilities, the device will also allow users to take photos, chat, get directions, and look up information on the Web. The opportunities are endless.

The excitement of the first Google Glass Explorers to receive their devices is captured in this video, in which Explorer Dan McLaughlin shoots a video of his Glass packaging and contents with his Glass.

McLaughlin was so impressed with his Glass he posted a few videos, including this one featuring a flight-simulation game:

Glass should be available to the general public—or those who can afford its $1,500 price tag—later this year. In the meantime, we’ll have a lot of fun watching more footage as Explorers continue to post video in the coming months.