Google Glass users show off first photos
Google Glass users have posted the first pictures of the headsets in action, while Google has released a user manual.
An initial shot from Numerate CTO Brandon Allgood shows the device comes with a clear set of lenses and a carrying pouch, as well as the tinted lenses and micro USB charger and cable already confirmed by Google.
“I made a couple of calls,” said user Jim McNelis. “It was tough to hear in the car with the AC blasting. Had to sweat for a few miles to hold a conversation.”
The user manual revealed few surprises, though it does note that pairing the headset with the wearer’s Android device provides some additional features such as reading SMS messages and turn-by-turn directions. Although iPhone and iPad users can pair their devices with Glass, they won’t be able to access these same functions.
The manual also details which voice commands and gestures work with the device, including nodding to turn the device on or off. Users can also scroll through their “timeline” of notifications by swiping the touchpad on the side of the headset, and use vocal commands to take pictures, record video, make calls or get directions, among other functions.
However, one Reddit user has dug into the source code for Google Glass’ companion app, MyGlass, and spotted that Google could enable eye gestures in future.
Users could wink to take photos, with the code featuring the command: “Eye_gestures_wink_take_photo”. However, that feature isn’t listed anywhere in the user manual. And although Google’s terms forbid Glass owners from lending their headsets to anyone else, the code also features a mysterious “guest mode”, which suggests users might be able to switch between several accounts on one device.
It also appears that one user has put his device up for sale on eBay, with the bid price currently at $90,000 (£59,000). The auction is set to go on for another three days, though the resale of headsets is also prohibited by Google in its terms and conditions.