On Wednesday, Google took two significant steps toward selling Google Glass to the public: It released the first video showing the augmented-reality headset’s user interface, and it launched an essay contest of sorts inviting people to apply for its Google Glass Explorers program.
The user interface on Glass looks spectacular and yet not at all surprising. All of the user interaction occurs in the upper-right corner of your field of vision. A small display presents beautifully simple white text displaying your commands, along with incoming text messages, video chat feeds, Google search results, maps and everything else Glass can do. In the video, we see that the headset takes voice commands — “OK Glass, snap a photo” — but it’s still unclear what users must do with their hands. Regardless, it looks like a lot of fun and we can’t wait to try it out.