Google Glass eyewear on sale in UK

Google GlassGlass is accessible to buy online or from a Google-run plcae in London

Google has expelled Glass in a UK, creation it a second nation to get a Android-powered eyewear after a US.

The pack – that is still a antecedent – costs £1,000 and is being targeted during developers, rather than consumers, who contingency be over 18 years old.

The BBC has schooled that a US organisation hold talks with a Department of Transport forward of a launch.

The DoT had formerly lifted concerns that a wearable tech could infer a daze to drivers.

That is still a case, though a supervision orator suggested that a hunt organisation was questioning ways to concede drivers to legally use Glass while on UK roads- presumably by restricting a information it displays mid-journey.

Google GlassGoogle suggests Glass could be used to find takeaway restaurants

“Drivers contingency give their full courtesy to a road, that is because it has been bootleg given a 1980s to perspective a shade while driving, unless that shade is displaying pushing information,” pronounced a spokesman.

“There are no skeleton to change this and we have met with Google to plead a implications of a stream law for Google Glass.

“Google is concerned a products do not poise a highway reserve risk and is now deliberation options to concede a record to be used in suitability with a law.”

A mouthpiece for Google reliable a talks, adding that it urged buyers to use Glass safely.

A video expelled by a firm to symbol a London launch does, however, uncover a pack being used by a cyclist to get directions and check his pace.

Google Glass videoA promotional video shows a cyclist regulating Google Glass

Other organisations, surveyed by a BBC, have lifted apart concerns relating to Glass’s ability to film video and take photographs:

  • The Vue cinema sequence pronounced it would ask guest to mislay a eyewear “as shortly as a lights low before a screening”
  • Fitness First and Virgin Active both told a BBC that members could wear a pack in their gyms, though would be criminialized from regulating it to constraint images
  • Coffee sequence Starbucks pronounced it would “politely ask” business not to film a staff, while Costa pronounced those who used Glass “inappropriately” would be asked to leave, adding that a staff were barred from wearing a appurtenance during operative hours

Upgraded hardware

Google initial announced Glass in Apr 2012.

It was primarily singular to US-based developers, though was put on ubiquitous recover in a nation in May, during a cost of $1,500 (£881).

Name this songOne developer has done an app that tells we a name of a strain if we say: “OK glass, name this song”

The pack facilities a pure arrangement that creates a illusion of a 25in (63.5cm) shade floating about 8ft (2.4m) in front of a wearer’s right eye, that can be used to arrangement information from apps.

A built-in camera and microphone can record photos, video and sounds, while a appurtenance can play behind audio by promulgation vibrations by a wearer’s skull regulating a bone conduction transducer, or around some-more normal headphones.

Google pitches Glass as a hands-free, quick-to-use choice to smartphones.

“We trust it’s unequivocally to keep we intent and benefaction in a impulse while carrying entrance to those things that are digitally accessible to you,” Ivy Ross, conduct of a Glass multiplication told a BBC.

She combined that a eyewear had already left by 5 hardware revisions and 12 program updates before a UK launch, and that Google designed serve revisions before targeting Glass during consumers.



Ivy Ross

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WATCH: Ivy Ross, personality of a Google Glass project, explains a aims

Many design that will be accompanied by a cost cut.

“To some extent, Google is regulating a stream cost to conduct take-up, so that a usually people shopping it have clever reasons to do so – for instance building apps,” pronounced Ian Fogg from a IHS Technology consultancy.

“The cost of a components concerned in a stream indication is about $152.

“Clearly there are other costs concerned in bringing it to market, though Google could emanate a most some-more constrained cost if it chooses to.”

Glass guidelines

Many of a UK organisations surveyed by a BBC are holding a wait-and-see proceed before determining either to deliver manners to oversee use of a kit.

Google GlassGoogle offers a Glass eyewear in a operation of opposite styles

Ulster Hospital highlighted a no-photography rule, though combined “it is apparently an area we will have to cruise in a future”.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group- that runs 6 theatres in London – pronounced it designed to “evaluate a implications of this new technology, generally with courtesy to a outcome on a cast, artistic group and members of a public”, while a JD Wetherspoon sequence of pubs pronounced it designed to “discuss a matter in due course”.

Vue cinemaThe Vue cinema sequence has criminialized business from wearing Google Glass during film showings

Other firms seemed some-more relaxed.

British Airways pronounced a business could wear Glass during any time on house a aircraft, as prolonged as they put it in moody reserve mode when necessary.

Tesco pronounced it had already grown a judgment Glass app that could be used in a stores.

And Waterstones added: “As a bookshop it is formidable to see how Google Glass eyewear could means us or the business any problem beyond, of course, some amiable ridicule.”

A mouthpiece for Google remarkable that Glass lights adult when it captures images, and that a battery boundary it to holding a limit of 45 mins of video during a time.

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