How is it to use Google Glass? An engineer gives us a glimpse of the interface

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 2, 2013

google glass girl Credit: DVF

No, we are not here to report that someone broke those restrictive NDAs that Google required their Glass Forge hackaton attendants to sign.

But we have a description of the interface of Google’s futuristic head mounted display, offered by an engineer that recently had the opportunity to try out the Google Glass.

Soumya Mohan, who used the Glass at a tech talk organized at Stanford, took to Quora to describe how the user interface looks and works. According to him, currently the interface is rather crude, only displaying a short “list menu with black background and words written in white”. Among the items in the menu, Mohan recalls  “Click a picture”, “Shoot a video” and “Voice call”.

The whole menu only included about 4-5 options, and Mohan was able to scroll through it by tilting his head. Other controls available were a small touchpad on the side of the glasses and voice command. (No word yet on that bone conduction tech revealed in the FCC Glass filling.)

Although the description given by Soumya Mohan doesn’t give us many details that we haven’t already known, it does suggest that at least the first iterations of the device will be crude devices. How crude? Well, remember those clunky old cell phones made by Nokia? The interface might be just as basic.

Still, all great products have humble origins, and once the Project Glass gathers steam, it will probably develop rapidly. We’re still a long way from the Project Glass: One day… video, but the ground has been broken.

  • ehrt74

    It would surprise me if the interface were that basic. Visual bling is pretty easy to do nowadays, that is unless Google Glass really does come with a grayscale 256 line display and no graphics acceleration.

  • MasterMuffin

    I love the video but the idea still seems ducking weird!

  • This a fail product.

  • Do not freak out about this people, the current interface will not be the final one, they are trying to make the hardware work perfectly before making the software on it do a ton of things, this current interface simply is to make it work,

    • dave blevins

      Use “geezer” remember IBM OS360’s Job Control Language (JCL). It too was a “make it work/test it out” fiasco that lives on and on and made a generation of programmers hair fall out.

      • This is a nearly completely consumer oriented project from Google, I think they will make it nice to use for consumers, as well as enthusiasts or others

    • Justin Winker

      In addition to this, the video is a “one day” depiction of some of the stuff they would like it to do, it’s not what it’s currently able to do.

  • prmd142

    Soumya is a girl’s name. Cool tech though…

    • If you head over to Quora, you’ll see that Soumya’s picture shows a guy. If the image lies, I’m lying too.

  • (anon)

    Once again scare tactic/doom mongering reporting by AA once again.

    • I fail to see how this is doom mongering. We’re just reporting what a first hand user of the device has experienced. Is it not basic?

  • dogulas

    I have a hard time imagining that they would have only three functions on Google Glass after over a year of work past what they already had Googlers using a year ago. This is a priority project for Google since it’s the first time they might start out way ahead of the competition on this one. I’m sure there are compatible apps etc. This description is way off or they showed him only the software from the month 1 prototype.

  • i may be wrong but i think i saw this video a few months ago. and it was longer…