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Google To Sell Wearable Augmented-Reality Glasses

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Google Project Glass

Google recently announed plans to sell their Project Glass, a wearable computer that looks a bit like eyeglasses, and a bit like Geordi La Forge’s VISOR. If you want to be the first on your block to wear Google Glass, you’ll need $1500, and a compelling Tweet telling Google what you’d do with the glasses, using the hashtag #ifihadglass.

The deadline for applicants is February 27th, after which Google’s judges will pick the winners, who can attend an event to pick up the glasses in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles where Google will accept their $1,500 and fork over the Glass.

Personally, I didn’t think anyone would consider wearing this fashion faux pas. But there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Project Glass, and I guess this isn’t any worse than those retarded looking Bluetooth headsets that people are so fond of wearing..

If you want to see how Glass actually feels, check out this video:

It looks surprisingly simple to use. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live. Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.

I’d love to see Google partner with a brand like Apple (yeah right) to develop a stylish pair of glasses. Do that, and bring down the price to $600 or so, and you might just see people ditch their smartphones for the Glass.

Does Google have a hit on their hands with Project Glass?

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