Google's Smart Glasses Use Touchpad Control
Sergey Brin shows off the Google Glasses touchpad in a Current TV interview.
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Google's smart glasses apparently have a touchpad for users to control the futuristic gadget. That feature emerged in a demonstration of the latest prototype on a Current TV talk show.
The "Project Glass" initiative first raised expectations for a wearable computing device that can seamlessly connect virtual information with the real world. A concept video showed a theoretical wearer getting calendar reminders and walking directions on the fly, but real demonstrations have so far only shown how well the prototype can snap photos and capture video.
More details about controlling Google Glasses emerged when Google cofounder Sergey Brin sat down with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to give a hands-on demo during "The Gavin Newsom Show" on May 23. [Google Dreams Up a Spectacle of Smart Glasses]
Newsom said that the glasses display produced a "remarkably clear" image during a later interview with Wired. He also found it easy to refocus his eyes while switching between looking at the real world and the image of himself in the Google Glasses display.
Google has worked on its futuristic glasses for the past two or three years, Brin said in the Current TV interview. Brin added that he has hopes for getting it out "sometime next year" — dashing some expectations that the glasses could come out by the end of 2012.