Solving Project Glass

Source: FastCoDesign, Jun 2012

What may take 30 to 60 seconds on a phone will instead take two to four seconds on Glass. Making that substantial of an improvement on speed and access will hopefully prove to be a game changer. I mean, you can capture moments with something like our Project Glass prototype that are impossible or just inconvenient or awkward with camera phone. If you can do those things in a few seconds, that’s going to be really meaningful to people.”

Lee acknowledges that because of all the style, functionality, and ergonomic issues involved, it is “unlikely that we’ll be able to service everyone, though that is our ultimate aim.” When asked whether Google might outsource the product’s hardware to fashion designers such as Gucci and Prada, as we have suggested–and just as Android does with smartphone makers–Lee seems open to the idea.

“I think it’s TBD,” he says. “There’s just all these different connotations and permutations–like eyeglasses and sunglasses–so it’s really hard to address everyone. Certainly we’re going to consider partnering with various folks to accelerate that. But it’s really early on, and I don’t know how exactly it’s going to unfold. But we’re certainly considering it.”

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