The silver unibrow that is Google Glass made an appearance at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW), where Google developer evangelist Timothy Jordan spoke to the crowd in Austin about what exactly Google Glass is capable of.
Google's futuristic wearable tech may be too geeky or gaudy for most people, but the company's SXSW demo, which showed how some of the most popular apps fit into the Google Glass world, demonstrated that functionality may trump form after all.
Find out what we learned about Google Glass at SXSW and how the concept device actually works in reality.
- Fit for four eyes — Google Glass will now take prescriptions. "The Glass design is modular," according to the Project Glass Google+ page, allowing users to add custom frames (like, maybe, Warby Parker's?) and lenses to the device later this year. The prescription-ready version won't be available for the non-developer Explorer Edition of Glass.
- App-ready — At the talk, Google showed off Glass capabilities for Gmail, Evernote, drawing tool Skitch, and Path, taking pictures with the wearable tech in real time and uploading them back to the app's servers.
- There's no streaming video — Save for Google+ (obviously). At last year's Google I/O keynote, skydivers wearing Glass were able to stream their descent back to the audience live using Google Hangouts. At least for now, you won't be able to catch up on the latest episode of Doctor Who while waiting for the bus with Google Glass — video streaming will be restricted to Google's social network only.
Stay tuned for more updates from South by Southwest!