VIDEO: Is Google Glass the Next GoPro?

Experimental Google glasses to step into action cam market

One of the expected next big things in terms of tech gadgets is wearable technology. “Smartwatches” are starting to get a lot of buzz, especially since Apple is rumored to be making one, and Google's Project Glass has been building some momentum for quite a while now. For those who aren't familiar with Glass, it is a high-tech device that mounts a tiny, lightweight screen right on the edge of your peripheral vision that can provide all kinds of information as you need it. The device pairs with your smartphone via BlueTooth, which allows the wearer to read and send text messages, get directions, take photos and video, and, of course, make Google searches.

Up until now, the exact functionality and how it looks had been a bit of a mystery. But Google is holding a developer conference at the moment and more information about Glass is starting to filter out, including the video above, which gives us a real sense of what these things can do.

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I have to admit, I wasn't completely sold on this technology when I first heard about it, and took a wait-and-see approach. But based on the video, this looks like really exciting stuff. I like the idea of having a language translator ready to go at all times. The ability to get directions with routing information right before your eyes also looks very promising. Sending texts with photos and interacting with friends over video calls could be a great deal of fun, too.

On top of that, the built-in camera could be the first real challenge to GoPro in the action cam market.

Right now Glass is only available to developers, with a new round of applications just underway, but Google is hoping to make this available to the general public sometime next year. It should be fascinating to see how it evolves in the months ahead.

This story originally appeared in The Adventure Blog.

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