According to Sebastian Thrun, a company executive from Google, Project Glass, a product of Google X laboratory, is similar to a hands-free smartphone. Thrun wore one during a recent Charlie Rose interview.
Thrun mentioned in the interview that Project Glass’ sharing capability is its most essential function. He demonstrated his favorite functionality through the prototype he wore by taking a photo of Charlie Rose and sharing it on Google Plus.
Thrun said, “the thing we like is picture taking. I nod and the picture is now visible to (my friends)… I can have e-mails read to me, so overall it’s very liberating to me… The hope is to get things out of the way. This is a display that’s with you all of the time.”
Charlie Rose is the first journalist to see the Project Glass prototype. However, Sergey Brin wore the glasses at a charity event two weeks ago.
Google released a Project Glass video demo last month, showing the glasses’ ability to present information to the user’s field of view. This is a form of augmented reality, but Thrun mentioned the most important capability of the glasses is hands-free interaction with Google’s services.
During the interview, Sebastian Thrun also talked about Google’s self-driving automobile, and Udacity, a project similar to khanacademy, which gives out free Stanford-level classes online to “democratize knowledge.”