Google Glass, "hands-free" internet, on sale this year

Google’s Sergey Brin says that Glass eyewear will be available later this year, allowing people to take their eyes of their smartphones and tablets to reconnect with the world around them. (See below for video)

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Google’s Sergey Brim shown wearing the Google Glass. The small rectangular piece of glass contains a transparent screen. AFP


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Google’s hands-free internet “Glass” on sale this year

Take a quick look around any public place – the Skytrain, a restaurant, a hotel lobby – and you will see a lot of people are not paying attention to their surroundings.

Instead, they are in a world of their own, focused on the screen of their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

“An emasculating experience,” says Google co-founder Sergey Brin who wants to begin change all that, not in some distant time in the future, but later this year.

Yesterday, he made a brief appearance on stage at a conference in Long Beach California wearing a special set of glasses that allowed him to look and speak directly to his audience while being connected to the internet at the same time.

If you look closely, the web connection is provided through a single rectangular piece of glass in front of the right eye, containing a transparent screen.

Brin explained that the product, known as Google Glass, frees the eyes as well as the hands when it comes to connecting to the internet on the go.

"That is why we put the display up high, out of the line of sight. If I wore a cap, the display would be on the brim and not where you are looking," he continued.

Glass wearers can speak commands to the eyewear, and built-in camera technology allows pictures or video to be captured from first-person perspectives. Thus, you can actually show the person you are talking to where you are and what you are doing.

The news of the day, however, was Brin’s announcement that Glass eyewear will be available later this year – at prices somewhat lower than the $US1,500 charged to software developers and early users during a restricted test phase.

Contains information from an AFP story.

rectangular – having the shape of a rectangle ซึ่งเป็นรูปสี่เหลี่ยมมุมฉาก
transparent – allowing you to see through it  ที่มองผ่านได้ง่าย
pay attention – to watch, listen to, or consider something or someone very carefully เอาใจใส่, สนใจ
surroundings – the area around something บริเวณโดยรอบ
focus – to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another เพ่งความสนใจ
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
emasculate – to make somebody/something less powerful or less effective ทำให้อ่อนกำลัง
co-founder – a person who works with another to establish an institution, business or organisation
distant – far away in space or time ห่างไกล
brief – lasting for only a short time ระยะเวลาสั้นๆ
appearance – an act of appearing in public การปรากฎตัว
conference – a large official meeting at which people with the same work or interests come together to discuss their views การประชุมร่วม
audience – the group of people gathered in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc. ผู้ชม
on the go – moving around; not at a single place like in a home, office, etc.
display – computer screen; the words, pictures, etc. shown on a computer screen จอภาพของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์
brim – the flat edge around the bottom of a hat that sticks out ปีกหมวก
command – an instruction given to a computer คำสั่ง
first-person – involving you; about you
perspective – a view, especially one in which you can see into the distance ทัศนียภาพ
available – that you can get, find or buy มีอยู่, หาได้
restricted – intended only for people who have been given special permission ที่จำกัด
phase – a particular period of time during the development of something ช่วง, ระยะ

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