updated 07:59 am EST, Wed February 20, 2013
New UI uses 'OK Google' as command keyword
Google has created a new video showing off the user interface of the Google Glass headset. The video, an updated version of a previous video, has been revealed at the same time as Google opens up its Glass pre-orders to non-developers, allowing the Explorer edition of the headset to be ordered by "bold, creative individuals."
The new video shows a more refined UI, this time located in the top right of the image as a translucent image. Users are shown taking part in various activities, taking images, video, and using Google Now-style notifications and cards. The phrase "OK Glass" appears to act as a keyword for Glass to listen to the user and follow commands, similar to how Kinect uses the term "Xbox," while the name "Google" is being used for web searches. Towards the end, a non-verbal operation of the Glass is shown, demonstrating that it will still accept non-vocal instruction.
The expanded pre-orders takes the form of a competition, where prospective users have to explain how they would use Google Glass through social media. Using Google+ or Twitter and using the hashtab #ifihadglass, entrants can use up to 50 words, five images, and a 15-second video clip to show off their plans, though it is only open to US residents aged 18 or over. A total of 8,000 people will be invited to special events in mid-to-late March and will be given the option of purchasing the Explorer edition, something that cost the original registrants $1,500 for the privilege.