Google Glass set to launch this year


Google has announced news of its much-anticipated new tech gadget, due to be available to consumers by the end of the year.

With a promotional video revealing what users can expect to see with 'Google Glass,' the internet giant reports that it is fine tuning the design after employees were spotted wearing early versions of the glasses.

Details have been scarce on the new hi-tech gadget, but tech website The Verge now reports that Google plans for Glass to be market-ready by the end of the year and available to purchase for less than $1,500.

The news sparks fresh buzz about the long-awaited product, the result of a project that first started over threes year ago, according to The Verge.

Hands-free control
The voice-activated glasses allow wearers to see sat-nav directions, take pictures and videos and reply to emails - completely hands-free.

'Want to see how Glass actually feels? It's surprisingly simple,' Google said.

'Say "take a picture" to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.

'Directions are right in front of you.

'Speak to send a message, or translate your voice.

'Get the notifications that matter most.

'Ask whatever's on your mind and get answers without having to ask.'

The firm also said all of the footage in the promotional video was captured through Glass.

Wearable technology
Project Glass will come in five colours - black, gray, blue, red or white and have removable shades.

Google is reportedly negotiating with Warby Parker, an e-commerce start-up company that sells trendy eyeglasses, to help it design more stylish frames, according to the New York Times.

In the US, Google is recruiting 'Glass Explorers' to trial the product. Candidates must use Twitter or Google+ to apply by stating how they would use Glass in less than 50 words, using the hashtag #ifihadglass. The deadline for applications is 27th February.