Google today posted a video preview of its forthcoming Google Glass wearable headset, providing a fresh, and more realistic look at the device’s user interface. The video, embedded below, was published early Wednesday after the company announced plans to expand its Glass pre-order program.
Google published a similar preview when it announced Project Glass last year, though today’s video provides substantially more detail about the headset’s functionality, and a more accurate depiction of how it will actually look. Based on the demo, Google Glass will allow users to receive and execute onscreen directions, send voice-controlled messages, and search the web through speech. The UI also includes voice-controlled photos, and suggests that the device will offer onscreen translation support — a rather notable development that Google hadn’t mentioned in previous announcements.
Google has previously said it is aiming to launch Glass by early 2014, though the company is already pushing out developer editions, priced at $1,500. “It’s certainly early days of the device — there will be bumps,” a Google spokesperson tells The Verge. “But what’s cool is that we’re approaching the time when people will be able to take Glass out into the world and start exploring what’s possible with a device like this.”
Excitement has been building around the project ever since Google first announced it last summer, and will no doubt swell going forward, now that the company has given a fuller idea of its augmented reality future. According to Google, today’s video “actually shows how Glass works.”