Google Glass Unveiled: The Story Behind the 'OK Glass' Command

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-07-20 Print this article Print

It didn't take long for Rosenberg's idea for "OK Glass" to be accepted, she wrote.

"A week later, it was implemented," and Rosenberg joined the Glass product team a short time later.

"Coming up with the phrase was the easy part," she explained. "Figuring out if it would work was another story. There's a whole team at Glass who worked very hard testing and implementing it before it was adopted. It's hugely exciting to hear 'OK Glass' being used today. That said, 'Device, please' is growing on me."

It was such a simple yet interesting development trail for the Glass voice command system. It makes one ponder about how things would have gone had the "Go, Go, Glass" command, which is reminiscent of the old Inspector Gadget "Go, Go, Gadget!" command, been selected.

Efforts by eWEEK to contact Rosenberg via email for more details about her experience were unsuccessful.

Earlier in July, Glass received its third software update so far, which incorporates improved and expanded voice command capabilities. The update allows Glass users to do more things without having to touch any Glass controls, and it allows users to communicate more easily with family members and friends in their contacts list. In June, Glass got a big upgrade for its camera, with the release of new software that now better detects low-light situations and includes automatic High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) photo-taking capabilities.

The first software update for Glass arrived back in May when features such as incoming Google+ notifications for users were added. Also included in that first Glass XE5 software update was crash reporting for the devices, increased speed for transcription of queries and messages, and the inclusion of international number dialing and Short Message Service (SMS).

The first Google Glass units began shipping in April to developers who signed up at last June's Google I/O conference to buy an early set for $1,500 for testing and development, where it was the hit of the conference. Google also then began shipping Glass units to lucky users who were selected in a contest for the opportunity to buy their own early versions of Glass. In February, Google expanded its nascent test project for its Glass eyewear-mounted computer by inviting interested applicants to submit proposals for a chance to buy an early model and become part of its continuing development. In March, Google also began notifying a pool of applicants who were selected to purchase the first 8,000 sets of Google Glass when they become available for real-world use and testing later this year by consumers. Those selected applicants have been receiving their units in waves.

Each Google Glass device includes adjustable nose pads and a high-resolution display that Google said is the equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from 8 feet away. The glasses also boast a built-in camera that takes 5-megapixel photos and video at 720p. Audio is delivered to wearers through their bones, using bone-conduction transducers that were revealed in earlier reports.

Google Glass isn't yet ready for the general public, but sales of the devices are now expected to begin sometime later this year, according to a recent eWEEK report. That's at least months earlier than the 2014 retail debut the company had been targeting since last year, a source inside Google told eWEEK. The source would not elaborate on why the retail launch schedule is being moved up.

The concept of Google Glass has been a hit so far for Google, but some critics argue that they continue to be worried about the privacy implications surrounding the use of Glass, which is an eyewear-mounted computer that features a still camera, a video cam and other real-time recording features.


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