Public Gets Look at 'Google Glass'

And its first chance to be part of a limited beta test

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 20, 2013 3:19 PM CST
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(Newser) – Google gave the public its first taste of how it would feel to strap on its much-anticipated digital glasses, releasing photos and a video showing off the system's capabilities and user interface. Users are shown taking video and photos, performing searches, and overlaying directions, weather, and flight info over their field of vision. The system is voice-controlled, activated with a cheerful, "OK Glass," Mashable reports. The device will consist of a single, small screen, positioned over the user's right eye and visible via a mirrored glass block.

Google also started taking applications for civilian beta testers, the New York Times reports—until now only developers could get their hands on it—though it will cost $1,500 and be available only to a select few. To apply, would-be early adopters need to post a 50-words-or-less application on Google+ or Twitter with the hashtag #ifihadglass. Those selected will have to pick up their headset in person at events in New York, LA, or San Francisco.

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