Have you wondered what it's like to speak to a pair of glasses perched on your face? Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt can fill you in.
Speaking to Google Glass is "the weirdest thing," Schmidt told an audience at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on Thursday.
According to Reuters, which first reported the story, Schmidt suggested a new type of etiquette for those sporting the headgear, which provides the quiet power to surreptitiously record video and conjure information that only the wearer can see. "There are obviously places where Google Glasses are inappropriate," he said.
One West Virginia state legislator has argued that that includes behind the wheel of a car. Delegate Gary Howell last month introduced a bill that would establish "the offense of operating a motor vehicle [while] using a wearable computer with a head-mounted display."
Google unveiled Project Glass in April 2012, along with a $1,500 price tag. Users can see texts and emails, queue up music, check the weather, and more, all right in front of their eyes. Additionally, the augmented-reality interface highlights real-life things and provides more details about them, and can also share live video of what the user is seeing.
Just as Schmidt did, users can speak to the headgear, requesting that it open an application or start recording video.
Reuters said Glass will have stricter pre-approval process for apps than Google Play. "It's so new, we decided to be more cautious," Schmidt said. "It's always easier to open it up more in the future."
Early last week, Glass Explorer Program participants began receiving email notifications about device shipments, meaning the glasses, which include a 5-megapixel camera and record video in 720p, will be arriving on doorsteps soon. According to Google's technical specs, the device also delivers audio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity, with 16GB of flash memory and a full day's worth of use on a single battery charge.
Google Glass is expected to hit the consumer market in 2014.