Google’s new smart glasses are luring interest from new media giants and developers around the world keen to leverage the opportunities presented by the new wearable computers.
Developed by Google X Lab, the ‘Google Glass’ product launched in beta to the developer community last month and is essentially a wearable computer in the form of a pair of glasses.
The glasses feature an integrated display which sits a bit above the user’s eyeline, and a battery hidden inside the frame.
They are internet connected, have an embedded camera, microphone and GPS all of which are operated by the user’s own voice commands.
Yesterday news of an unofficial “Glass to Facebook” app broke, with reports revealing the launch of a new third party app which enables users to share pictures taken with Glass to their Facebook accounts.
The news follows the creation of an unofficial Twitter app for Google Glass called GlassTweet which allows users to Tweet photos from their Glass headsets.
Yesterday Yahoo! spoke publicly about Google Glass at a Wired business conference in New York, with CEO Marissa Mayer stating Yahoo employees were currently investigating ways users could operate Yahoo's programs using the device.
Google Glass isn’t set to land in the hands of the general public until next year, according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Schmidt said: “There will be thousands of [Google Glass] in use by developers over the next months, and then based on their feedback, we’ll make some product changes, and it’s probably a year-ish away.”
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