|112 of 365 - Google's Project Glasses (Photo credit: Yogesh Mhatre)|
The company is selling the device, known as Project Glass, for $1,500 to people attending its annual conference in San Francisco for computer programmers. It will ship early next year and won't be available for sale outside the three-day conference, Google I/O, which started Wednesday.
"This is new technology and we really want you to shape it," Google co-founder Sergey Brin told about 6,000 attendees. "We want to get it out into the hands of passionate people as soon as possible."
With the glasses, directions to your destination can appear literally before your eyes. You can talk to friends over video chat, take a photo or even buy a few things online as you walk around.
|SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 27: A Google employee wears a pair of Glass during Google's Developers Conference on June 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Google Glass, available for pre-orders to developers at $1,500, feeds the user information and uploads data and images from and to the web. Also announced during the conference was the new Nexus 7 tablet and the social streaming media player, the Nexus Q. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Isabelle Olsson, an engineer on the Glass project, said the company created the glasses for people to interact with the virtual world without distracting them from the physical world. It's designed to interact closely with your senses, without blocking them.
She said Google had two broad goals in mind: communications through images and quick access to information. The device has a camera to capture fleeting moments and allow others to see the world through your eyes.
Google demonstrated the device by having parachutists jump out of a blimp above San Francisco. The audience got live video feeds from their glasses as they descended to land on the roof of the Moscone Center, the location of the conference.
Google had given a glimpse of the technology in a video posted earlier this year.