Google Glass engineer Mike LeBeau loves his job working on the voice interface for Glass so much that he decided to show off—in a new YouTube video he created with several friends—some of the cool things Glass can do.
LeBeau shared the video on his Google+ page June 10 to exhibit some of the many uses for voice search using Glass.
"One thing that makes Glass awesome is that you can just long press on the touch-pad any time and speak to ask Google a question," LeBeau wrote in his post. "It's a super-fast way to search, which, it turns out, is pretty magical. Amanda Rosenberg and I decided to test out a bunch of cool searches and thought you guys would like 'em too—check it out."
So far, Glass devices are only in the hands of a small but growing group of developers who attended the 2012 Google I/O Developers Conference and were offered first dibs on what was then the newly announced eyewear-mounted computers.
LeBeau, who builds voice interface features for Glass, and his friend, Rosenberg, joined with another unidentified friend to ask Glass for help using voice commands in the video.
Among the voice requests are questions such as "what's 78 degrees F in Celsius?" (25.56 degrees C); "what's 23 times 42?" (966); "how many dollars to the [British] pound?" (0.66); "how many grams in an ounce? (28.35 grams); and "did the Giants win last night?" (8-0, they beat the Nationals).
That question and answer from Google Voice Search was particularly intriguing because Glass recognized the context of the question and knew the answer related to the San Francisco Giants baseball team, even though the question didn't mention baseball.
Also featured in the 20 questions on the video were requests for "pictures of Richard Branson in drag" (several were displayed, oh, my); a definition of the word phlebotomy; and a request for "who sang that song where the guy goes 'how bizarre?'" (answer: OMC).