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Google Looking for "Creative Individuals" For Glass Developer Program

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the twitter-hipsters-who-use-google-plus dept.

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rtoz writes with a quick bite from rtoz.org about Google's latest news about Project Glass: "Google has released video preview of its forthcoming Google Glass wearable headset, providing a fresh, and more realistic look at the device's user interface. 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. And, it looks like the Google Glass will be water-resistant. Google has previously said it is aiming to launch Glass by early 2014, though it is already pushing out developer editions priced at $1,500." They're looking for developers, but only if you're hip enough.

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Creative individuals...who will also work cheap (1, Troll)

crazyjj (2598719) | about a year and a half ago | (#42954931)

Only the hippest H1-B visa candidates need apply.

Re:Creative individuals...who will also work cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955023)

They have schools where you learn to say, "Yo. Dude. Check this out" in unaccented English.

Re:Creative individuals...who will also work cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955105)

Here is a video of Sanjay and ourselves making the Harlem Shuffle most happy.

Re:Creative individuals...who will also work cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955551)

You have to live in the US to even apply to this program. Nice try, though.

Re:Creative individuals...who will also work cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955613)

Only the hippest H1-B visa candidates need apply.

If you're good enough, Google will hire you regardless of where you live. Google pays well. Go apply.

Ad revenue must be low (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42954979)

If you are chosen, we will reach out to you with an invitation to become a Glass Explorer (please remember to follow us so that we can contact you directly). Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Cheapskates.

Re:Ad revenue must be low (1)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956099)

"Follow" - I'm assuming they mean on some social network or other? No thanks - give me a way to contact you that doesn't involve my every move being data mined and I'd consider it...I don't know, email or something? Google must have email, surely?

Re:Ad revenue must be low (1)

tom17 (659054) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956201)

Hang on a sec, you would consider applying to buy $1500 glasses that could, arguably, track your every move in meatspace, yet you are not happy about signing up for a Google account (That you would probably need for said glasses anyway).

Nice logics :)

Re:Ad revenue must be low (1)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about a year and a half ago | (#42957147)

I've got a google account, I use a great many of their services and use their APIs on web, mobile and desktop. None of this requires a G+ account (or other social network account), so why should I have to have one to simply contact them.

Any other devs who refuse to have a personal social network account as a direct result of programming on those networks and seeing the reams of personal info available by default/design?

Re:Ad revenue must be low (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about a year and a half ago | (#42957295)

So, you're already being tracked, and you object being tracked more? I am still missing something here.

It's bad enough.... (4, Funny)

bradgoodman (964302) | about a year and a half ago | (#42954981)

...that if I am deemed "hip enough" - to be "accepted" - I still have to pay $1500, and drive to New York to get the damn thing. But please don't make me have to "follow you" on Google-Plus!!!

Re:It's bad enough.... (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955091)

you'll also have to tell your idea up front, publicly, to the whole world. for that 1500$ is a bargain!

Re:It's bad enough.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955567)

That's the real problem. If you have a great idea, exposing it to every twitter twit before you can implement it would be a strategic error.

Re:It's bad enough.... (1)

swillden (191260) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955741)

That's the real problem. If you have a great idea, exposing it to every twitter twit before you can implement it would be a strategic error.

This is a program for beta test users, not developers. If you are a developer and have an awesome app idea, you should apply through the developer program.

Re:It's bad enough.... (1)

hsmith (818216) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955735)

If you are scared to talk about your idea in public, it is a terrible idea.

Re:It's bad enough.... (3, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956097)

If you are scared to talk about your idea in public, it is a terrible idea.

You mean not enabling some mechanical turk of 12 bottom-tier developers crap something out and claim 100% market share for your killer idea while you're still in the system design stage is a terrible idea?

Re:It's bad enough.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42957189)

How dare you deprive India and China the fuel of their economic engine!

Re:It's bad enough.... (1)

The Sad Nazgul (2803507) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955395)

If you drive to New York you are not hip enough for Google Glass.

Re:It's bad enough.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955759)

Maybe someone should suggest the alternative to follow them on FB.

Re:It's bad enough.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956285)

+1

my thoughts exactly. WTF?! Go through that crap, and then they want $1500. At the very least they should just loan pairs out to the people chosen if not outright give them pairs. ...and then there's the oh so "conveniently" located places where you apparently MUST pick them up in person...

Very odd when they usually get things mostly right to have this one so f'ed up all over the place...

Stolen smart phones will be long forgotten (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42954983)

At 1500 dollars this screams, wear me, get robbed!

Re:Stolen smart phones will be long forgotten (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955393)

People wear watches costing much more. Many women have purses that are that expensive or a significant fraction there of. I think you need to move out of the hood.

Re:Stolen smart phones will be long forgotten (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956677)

A watch is somewhat conceiled, has big variance in value. Hard to snatch.
Selling an expensive purse on the secondary market? Come on.

If you want to make an analogy, think smartphones. People get robbed over them because they are easy to snatch and easy to resell.

Re:Stolen smart phones will be long forgotten (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956801)

All my friends have recent smartphones, none have ever had them stolen or been robbed for them. Try moving out of the hood.

Purses of that value have a pretty good secondary market. Look online. Many people will buy a used real one rather than a knockoff.

Re:Stolen smart phones will be long forgotten (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956531)

Thanks wimp...get yourself one.

Ogre U. Asshole

Hip == American (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955007)

And only if you live in the US.

Re:Hip == American (0)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955323)

Yeah, the way it's worded pretty much excludes blacks and Latinos from the inner city. Sad that such racism still exists today.

Re:Hip == American (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955425)

Care to say which parts you found racist? I see no mention of "Google glass is not for the darkies" so I am not sure what you are referring too. The image on the page appears to be someone of african descent, well more recent african descent since all homo sapiens are of african descent.

I'm probably not "hip" enough... (1)

jddeluxe (965655) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955033)

...but if I were, shouldn't a $265 billion company being paying ME the $1500 to debug their alpha product???

Re:I'm probably not "hip" enough... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955473)

Easy to be snarky about that, but the developers willing to stump up the cash will likely be quite proactive and committed to the products success, as opposed to people who are just vaguely interested. Assuming Google has calculated right, and such enough such people actually exists, it's a pretty good move.

Re:I'm probably not "hip" enough... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956155)

If you won't, there's a line forming behind you. They'll move them all, guaranteed.

Were do they get their marketoids? (1, Funny)

Aceticon (140883) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955055)

Sounds like pitching a scam:
- Only cool people can join us (the real message is: if you're accepted that marks you as cool)
- You need to follow us on Twitter
- You need to buy this $1500 "Explorer starting kit" (ah, now we see we're they're going with it)

Unfortunatelly I'm a Tech Entrepreneur in his 30s with a company that makes software for smartphones including Android and I can actually check if something makes business sense for me and my company, so I'm clearly not the kind of sucker ^H^H^H^H^H^H cool person they're targetting with this crap.

Not saying the actual tech is bad (or good, I would have to see it and experience it in person) - what I find ridiculous is the whole pitching for (young and naive) suckers who have the psychological weakness that they have need to feel "cool" and yet are so weak of character that mass-market external messages and products can fulfill that need.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (0)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955113)

Honestly I'm not overenthused by this technology. What niche does it fill, do I need to have information projected constantly over my field of vision, wouldn't a smartphone-headband-clip thing do the same job? Unless there are gaming applications, I didn't see any in the video there.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955185)

You can watch videos while you commute on mass transportation. Although it's a bit expensive for that.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (1)

invalid-access (1478529) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955649)

By staring up-and-to-the-right through the half-hour of public commute?

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (2)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955245)

This could get interesting when coupled with some powerful image recognition. Say, for example, you want to repair something on your car. Load up the repair manual, and let the overlay show you step by step what to do, e.g. a certain screw gets highlighted right were it is and the popup text tells you to now fasten this screw to this-and-that torque.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (2)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955413)

cheaper to buy a new car instead of the glasses and the manual and the parts. or just pay someone to fix it

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (1)

whargoul (932206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955823)

Not if you're the mechanic being paid to fix said car (think later down the road when they're affordable).

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (1)

MMC Monster (602931) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956703)

Or you're in the middle of a war zone.

I saw a demo version of this tech at my university c1992-93. Of course, at the time the computer driving it was significantly bigger than what it's hooked up to now. And back then the grad students were excited about potential military and space uses.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956875)

There was a similar, though bulkier system in Michael Crichton's novel Airframe. It was to be used by aircraft mechanics. We'll see if that application ever gets to the point that it's useful.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (2)

fragfoo (2018548) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955761)

This could get interesting when coupled with some powerful image recognition. Say, for example, you want to repair something on your car. Load up the repair manual, and let the overlay show you step by step what to do, e.g. a certain screw gets highlighted right were it is and the popup text tells you to now fasten this screw to this-and-that torque.

Wait, are you implying that augmented reality glasses are a good idea for augmented reality applications?

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (1)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955863)

Yeah. *dons Captain Obvious Cape* Sometimes you have to state the glaringly obvious, because some people don't seem to get it. My work is necessary, citizen!

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (2)

swillden (191260) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955893)

What you describe wouldn't really work; it doesn't overlay your whole field of vision. It could, however, project the manual where you can look at it easily just by looking up and to the right, and you could use voice commands to navigate to what you need to see.

I've been watching the application stream [google.com] on Google+ and so far the most interesting applications are all about what can be done with a voice-controlled camera on your head. So, like a GoPro, but smaller, lighter and more hands-free -- as well as with an Internet connection and the ability to interact with apps and people.

One I saw was from a surgeon who'd like to use it to record and share operations, interact with peers to get suggestions, etc. Think about doing a Hangout On-Air with an expert in the particular surgery you're doing, able to talk and get answers during the surgery, with the remote expert able to see exactly what you're doing, then to have it all recorded for future use. There are a lot of people with similar ideas in different fields.

Another was from a search and rescue guy, who wants to outfit his whole team with them, to provide real-time, hands-free communications and maps, with all of the rescuers plotted, and to be able to do audio or video communications between team members, and to share video streams.

Another was from a filmmaker who wants to explore using Glass to make a full-length feature film.

I think these sorts of innovative uses are what Google is looking for.

No, no, no! The killer app will be... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956111)

Contact management memory.

The glasses camera will scan faces in front of you and when one of them matches a face in your personal contact set then it will show you their name and a set of details you previously noted about them.

EVERYONE over 40 will buy a pair for this function alone and if Google supplies this app they can get users to voluntarily submit 1000% more personal info than Facebook has ever seen.

Human augmentation (3, Interesting)

TheLink (130905) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956909)

Think human augmentation not mere augmented reality.

Once you have a wearable computer+sensors+comms that are sufficiently advanced you can have them do the following:
0) Virtual telepathy+telekinesis
1) Continuous video+audio recording in high res of past X minutes, and low res for longer periods. This way you don't have to miss stuff - you can tell the computer to switch to high res till further notice (the past X minutes would already be in high res) and then save it. Eidetic memory for the masses!
2) Continuous background image recognition (look for faces or objects)
3) Continuous background audio recognition (voice, music ).
4) GPS+ map + compass direction feedback.
5) Work with "area/location computers" (so that you can more easily control/access location specific stuff - lights, jukebox, climate control, menus, ordering systems).
6) Many more stuff (super PDA features e.g. context sensitive reminders/prompts time+location+history+surroundings+etc ) - see below too.

If brain computer interfaces become safe, reliable and good, you could use stuff like "thought macros". For example a fancy computer program would let me link certain thought patterns with certain actions or objects.

That way I can do: [start command][recall object]{some thought pattern}[go][end]. And then the computer recalls the relevant object which could be a video, photo, sound, file or whatever.

I can also do [start command][recall previous][go][send to]{thought pattern of friend}[go][end]. Or get the computer to help calculate stuff, search databases. Or even do "rain man" counting (you could get the computer to highlight/mark the objects it is counting so that you can countercheck that it is counting correctly - humans are OK at detecting if something should be highlighted by the computer and isn't - counting large numbers of stuff fast isn't our forte ).

Thought patterns in square brackets are commands. Though patterns in curly brackets are various thought patterns you choose to associate with a person or item.

Put it all together you'd have humans with eidetic memory, telepathy, telekinesis, and other super/magical powers. The technology is already mostly there - we've already got some sort of telepathy with mobile phones etc. Heck in the 1990s I was hoping wearable computing would take off and we'd already have this "magic" by now.

The main hindrance to progress I see would be copyright and patent law. You'd be crippled by DRM and you wouldn't be able to walk into a cinema without all that stuff being forced off.

Ideas are easy. Implementation is the hard part. That's why patents suck in general ;). Go ahead implement this. All these patent trolls, suits and lawsuits are slowing down progress. Someone smart can probably work out the details and improve on the idea - I hope someone does soon - I'm getting old and tired waiting for the future to arrive...

p.s. Military edition might have gun muzzle detection, military object identification (with data), camouflage countermeasures, automatic "crack-thump" sniper location, UWB radar+comms, range gated vision (the latter two can give away your position to enemies that are suitably equipped[1]).

[1] That said, electronic devices emit signals that can be detected if you have enough fancy stuff.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (1)

evilRhino (638506) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955251)

Babelfish for international business (real-time subtitles). Also sub-titles for the deaf.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (3, Insightful)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955431)

What niche does it fill

If you went back in time to the 1970s and described a smartphone to someone, that's exactly what they'd say. Some products create their own niche.

Imagine this: a construction worker puts on a visor. He taps a button, and the new building's frame appears. Another button, and the plumbing system appears. Another button, and the Red Sox game appears in the upper left corner of his field of view. Another button, and a busty woman appears and asks to borrow his hammer. Worker productivity plummets, and software companies get rich.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (1)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955653)

a smartphone is just a star trek communicator/tricorder and data device. it does things everyone wished they could have done in the 1970's like have an encyclopedia handy at home when you were doing your work or do video calling

what does google glass do that people wish they could do now but can't

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (1)

swillden (191260) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955777)

do I need to have information projected constantly over my field of vision

FYI, "over my field of vision" isn't a good characterization of Glass. It's more like having a screen floating a few feet from your head, above and to the right. It's not in the central part of your visual field.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956343)

Well, I could imagine that these could be useful if you're a cyborg sent back from the future to kill the leader of the human resistance ...

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955249)

Google must have hired Eric Cartman [southparkstudios.com]

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (0)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956073)

It's deeper than that.

The reason they are looking for 'cool' ideas is because they've built the device, but they can't think of any real purpose for it themselves. They are literally hoping they can find someone 'hip' who will think of a killer app for the device. Because they can't.

Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956259)

No. They want good-looking and popular people to start wearing these things so that it becomes socially-acceptable to do so.

If they handed them out to the typical nerdy Google employee, people would think he was being creepy and beat the glasses into his greasy face.

Google Glasses - 4 Eyed Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955065)

Anyone wearing this will look like an idiot. Really, WTF were they thinking?

seen it (1)

stewsters (1406737) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955085)

Does being a hipster make you hip? I used virtual reality headsets before they were cool. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Boy [wikipedia.org]

Re:seen it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955655)

Hipsters think they're hip, but the truly hip look down on them as the followers they are.

Scarcity (3, Interesting)

MojoRilla (591502) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955141)

They are using the allure of scarcity. Remember when people went crazy over GMail or Google + invites?

This taps into a basic human driver. Scarcity makes people feel special, and working hard to get something makes people perceive the value is greater.

Of course, Google needs developers to embrace Google Glass to be successful. The more the better. But by making it exclusive people will value it more. Such are the problems of a digital society, where almost all that is left is artificial scarcity.

So... (2)

MatrixCubed (583402) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955177)

...if an obnoxious guy wearing a Bluetooth headset is referred to as a 'douchebag', what do you moniker an obnoxious guy wearing a Glass headset?

Re:So... (3, Funny)

crazyjj (2598719) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955221)

Douchebag+

Re:So... (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955223)

The douchebag title is more related to the obnoxious self-important behaviour than the headset. I'm thinking the people wearing these at the start are more likely to be the severely geeky that care little what others think and are not particularly obnoxious. I'd love one, but I won't pay that much for it without some pretty awesome software already in place to support it. As a developer, I think they should have people apply to get free ones for development purposes, or at least be reimbursed if they release something.

Re:So... (5, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955235)

A glasshole.

Re:So... (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955289)

Why has this not been modded through the roof?!

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955455)

Out-fucking-standing.

Re:So... (1)

istartedi (132515) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956231)

Literal LOL. Slashdot posting of the month candidate, maybe even the year; but we're only a few months in.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956593)

OH GOD YES.

Re:So... (1)

Zeromous (668365) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955285)

Another commenter suggest Douchebag+ but I propose shortening it to D+

That said, I would gladly be a D+ for some glasses like this. I can think of countless ways I would use them.

>obnoxious guy wearing a Bluetooth headset

I just don't get this. is it obnoxious because you can't tell he's talking in to a phone, or is obnoxious because one feels inferior (ie what am I doing with my life, look at this guy so busy he needs a handsfree and a nice suit, I bet this guy walks straight in to clubs without waiting in line, I wish I could afford a nice phone....) I have no idea. I do not understand this 'we love technology, but integrating with machines is tree creepy!'

Re:So... (1)

Belial6 (794905) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956289)

It is actually neither. What it is is an earned stereotype that has been blown out of proportion and then clung to long after it stopped having any basis in reality. Stereotypes tend to do be this way. The early adopter demographics of bluetooth ear pieces was dominated by douchbags. Today, use of bluetooth earpieces has expanded to other demographics, and many douchbags have moved on to other trappings. But, as stereotypes tend to do, the guy wearing a bluetooth headset being a douch just hangs on in our public consciousness.

Re:So... (1)

Zeromous (668365) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956563)

This is a fairly even-handed explanation, but does not explain why google glass gets the same treatment. It's not even close to the same thing, nor is it a status symbol for social-like ability.

GG is doomed to be a staple of AR nerds such as myself. The only way douches will wear these things is if they are covered in bling and released by a designer, like Ralph Lauren, DC or god knows what other corporate design master chooses to invest in AR.

Try MeN! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955207)

MeN is a great free cross-dressing document processor that uses LaTeX on his back end for export.

Not exactly WYSIWYG (WhoYouSuckIsWhyYou'reGay), but close enough. You export to PuS or PDF as needed.

You can see basically what your ejaculations look like while editing before you buttsex it. You can still use normal LaTeX commands too, but anyone with basic men experience can jump right in.

I have used a tons of things for over a decade now.

If I had Google glass.. (3, Insightful)

xtal (49134) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955255)

I'd walk into a wall.

Seriously, what about those of us who already have glasses? I guess I'm not hip enough. :(

Re:If I had Google glass.. (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955293)

I guess you (and I) will need prescription Glass...

Re:If I had Google glass.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955563)

The fact that you have glasses makes you not cool enough.

Re:If I had Google glass.. (1)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955619)

Worst: what about when you use the restroom. Just don't look down in case someone is hacking your Glass!

Re:If I had Google glass.. (1)

swillden (191260) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955693)

I'd walk into a wall.

Seriously, what about those of us who already have glasses? I guess I'm not hip enough. :(

Looking at some of the pictures, it seems like it should be pretty straightforward to add prescription lenses. For example, look at the model with tinted lenses attached near the bottom of this page [google.com] . If your optometrist can get some lenses manufactured in that same shape, you should be able to screw them on just like the tinted lens.

From what I hear, the image projected through the glass block appears to be floating at some distance from you (maybe 5-10 feet), so as long as your prescription allows you to comfortably focus at that distance through the top of your lens, you should be able to see the screen. So even bifocals should be fine. I'm not sure about trifocals.

Re:If I had Google glass.. (1)

Belial6 (794905) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956317)

Optometrists can get lenses in any shape these days. Many will literally let you bring in any set of frames, including a pair of cheap drug store sunglasses, and they will make your prescription lenses fit.

Re:If I had Google glass.. (2)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955755)

In earlier announcements, Google mentioned that the active Glass component can be removed from the included frame and clipped to the frame of your prescription glasses.

Re:If I had Google glass.. (1)

xtal (49134) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955789)

I see no evidence of this anywhere as applicable to the proposed demo.

Any GoogleDroids allowed to comment?

I would love to be wrong, although as a Canadian, I can never be hip enough to be a release developer. Heh.

Ooh..ooh! Me! ME! (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955307)

"Creative individuals"??

I just sent Google a video of me dressed as Louis IV singing "Nessum Dorma" while accompanying myself on the washboard.

I made the costume myself. I hope they pick me. I don't really want to work, but the benefits would be nice.

Re:Ooh..ooh! Me! ME! (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955317)

NOTE: above should read "Nessun Dorma". The "N" key and the "M" key are right next to each other and anyway, this is my first computer, so I'm still not used to having to type.

Re:Ooh..ooh! Me! ME! (1)

rossdee (243626) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955717)

I'm giessing you also meant Louis XIV AKA Le Roi Soleil - I don't think there was anything special about Louis IV

military equip? (3, Interesting)

snemiro (1775092) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955309)

This looks like a product targeting soldiers to provide them some reality+ in the lens (threats, escape routes, blueprints, language translator, FoF id, remote video....). Probably they already have some of them....I would consider it interesting if there is a medical use to it. (help to people with blind issues).

This is not something I want in my life (1)

mumblestheclown (569987) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955419)

Are there some legitimate business applications for this? Sure. a few. Not many.

Do i want this thing in my life, personal or otherwise? Well, I'll tell you what - the day that I need a glorified gopro camera to show people what i'm eating for lunch in real time, just shoot me already. You know those douchebags who wear those bluetooth phones in their ears? Goglass wearers will come accross as douchebags to them - kind of like douchebag squared for us normals.

documentation for police (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955487)

I can see law enforcement wearing these. It would provide great documentation as to what the officers actually saw.

Re:documentation for police (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42955541)

Yes because the police in the US clearly love being filmed when they do their work.

Quotient (1)

carrier lost (222597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955489)

They're looking for developers, but only if you're hip enough.

Hip Enough for Google [botaday.com]

Based on the above comments... (2)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955599)

Looks like everyone is seeing this as the Glass is half-empty instead of half-full. Am I right guys? Eh? Eh? ... Huh, just got an email from google, something about non-hip comments...

so much for DIY projects (1)

tatman (1076111) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955737)

Geez. Have to fork over $1500 for the device with no assurances you will get into the program; then add in costs of travel to NY for "a$$ kissing" session. Only companies with R&D budget or venture capital will have a chance to participate.

Re:so much for DIY projects (1)

game kid (805301) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956031)

Maybe that's the idea. Can't add "must be currently employed" to the listing? Just get people with money and social accounts instead.

Bonus: if they've already paid so much for the glasses, they won't just turn back and say no when asked for their Twitter/G+ password. Instant PR control!

I would love to know the specifications of this (1)

BetaDays (2355424) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955843)

I really would love to know the specifications of this device. I really can't see the battery and everything being in the frame like the pictures show. My Motoactv battery only lasts a day and that is if I don't use it as a mp3 player and lap counter for my workouts. This is going to be accessing the internet, video, etc.I really would love to know the specifications on how long it's battery may last. Or are the pictures not showing the cable to the power pack that will be on your hip?

Google aren't hip enough (1)

vargad (1948686) | about a year and a half ago | (#42955943)

Google aren't hip enough. "You must live in the U.S. to apply"

Meh (0)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956133)

Hype about this kind of petered out and died last year, surprised Google didn't get the memo.

Not sure the idea of wearable computer devices will ever take off, can't imagine more people looking like asshats wearing heads up displays along with their Bluetooth earpieces. If you need that much informational feedback about your surroundings then you might be a complete idiot.

Having stuff available ready at my fingertips on a screened device is about as far as I need the constant connection to an online presence, anything I have to wear to beam information into my eyes is just silly.

Don't get me wrong I am sure there are some applications for this but for general public consumption this project is useless.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956871)

Why would people want to hear actors talk? - Studio Exec when talking about sound in films.

The uses of a wearable computing available at ones fingertips are innumerable.

One right off the bat is ubiquitous unending surveillance of law enforcement. No need to hold up a camera that can be easily seen, just wear your glasses to record and stream in real time any police interaction.

Another is detailed instructional videos from those who are engaged in an activity. Such as woodworking, skydiving, skiing, dancing, etc..

And then there's the other possibility, immersion videos of extreme sports market which was touched on in the video, but which has a tremendous amount of potential.

Also there's the usual applications of recording priceless family memories such as watching ones children grow up in a way that standard home videos can't capture and playing with ones pets can be seen in a new way.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42957095)

Why would people want to hear actors talk? - Studio Exec when talking about sound in films.

Too bad he was right. If I have to hear George Clooney or some other retard blathering on about their personal beliefs and why everyone else should listen them because they can play pretend on TV like a big boy I will sharter-board them.

Going by their hiring process... (1)

AmazingRuss (555076) | about a year and a half ago | (#42956417)

...the time you'd spend jumping through hoops would be worth more that $1500.

Hip Enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42956795)

I am so hip I have trouble seeing over my pelvis.
(Thnx Douglas Adams)

PR Campaign. Nothing more (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42957059)

The fact that you have to apply via Google+ or with a twitter hash tag proves that is a publicity stunt. I'm surprised they don't offer to let you be Creative Director while they are it.

How functional are these things, really? (1)

ThomasBHardy (827616) | about a year and a half ago | (#42957177)

While I appreciate the marketing hype and the nice sample videos where everything is perfectly focused and easy to see, do they actually work? What I mean is, the eye is not meant to focus on things that close to it. How much will you actually be able to see/read/understand on a screen as close as your brow? And if you did try and read what is on it, the eyes take time to re-focus to that distance and then back out again to the rest of the world. It sounds fatiguing. I looked around and could not find anything on this specific topic right off the bat so I figured I'd ask the crowd. If you get past the futuristic notion and hype of it all, is it really that functional in use?

Re:How functional are these things, really? (1)

BetaDays (2355424) | about a year and a half ago | (#42957273)

I think you could be on to something. Just like the "Opti-Grab" handles in "The Jerk" movie (1979) where everyone ended up cross-eyed who used them because the eye was drawn to the little handle that held the glasses on the face. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079367/ [imdb.com]

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079367/synopsis

So this will be interesting to see what kind of ergonomic issues that will come up from using it.

I'll go the cheaper and easier route... (1)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | about a year and a half ago | (#42957203)

I'll just wait for one to be left behind at a bar or tavern.
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