Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Mar 29, 2014
Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google may be turning to the fashion behemoth behind Oakley and Ray-Bans to make Glass more aesthetically appealing, but three years back a set of cable-ties would've been more appropriate, a new image of a prototype version shows. Revealed at ThinkLA by Google's Janine Gianfredi of the Glass marketing team, the photo dates back to the days when the wearable headset was physically tethered to a computer in a backpack.

Making Glass self-contained was a key goal by the Google X team responsible for the project, Google's Sergey Brin said back in 2012. However, the early iterations were reliant on laptops and batteries being toted around in a bag, as Google tested out different eyepieces and other components.


The end result, at least of the Glass Explorer Edition, is the now-familiar titanium headband and plastic eyepiece section, far more discrete than the rig in this new image. Google is yet to reveal what the consumer version will look like.

In-between, Google had a number of 3D printed headsets, which Isabelle Olsson showed us at Google I/O 2013. By that point in the development cycle, Glass was self-contained but still bulky, with large circuit-boards dangling from each arm.


Of course, Google isn't the only company to have bizarre-looking wearable prototypes. As we covered in our history of augmented reality attempts, the segment has been filled with cabling nightmares, crazy headsets, and cyborg-style add-ons.

Earlier this year, Google released the Titanium Collection, its first prescription-ready frames for Glass, which also make the wearable a little more discrete than the standard band.

Google's Glass frames are pretty but dumb

That's not the only overture to fashion, however, with a new agreement with Luxottica - the parent company behind many well-known glasses and sunglasses ranges - resulting in a team of Glass engineers and Luxottica designers who will together create more aesthetically-pleasing options ahead of the consumer launch.

It's not the first work-in-progress tidbit Google has shared this month around Glass. At GDC 2014, team member Timothy Jordan revealed one of the original user-interfaces the Glass designers considered, back when the original idea was to simply make the headset a mobile dashboard of sorts.


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