These early Google Glass prototypes seemed (much more) awkward
Whether or not you consider Google Glass appears hideous or trendy — and hey, we’re not right here to guage — the present mannequin appears a heckuva lot higher than its first few prototypes. The primary fashions arrived on the scene in 2010, they usually appeared extra just like the mess Jason Jones slapped collectively for the Every day Present than an precise shopper product. Three of the earliest prototypes, spanning two years, have been on show at I/O this week.
The very first Glass prototype, which wasn’t proven off, was primarily only a huge display twice as huge as a human face; it featured a coat hanger and a pico projector. Not a sensible answer, in fact, and undoubtedly not a transportable one. So the Google X staff got here up with the Pack (seen above), which solely appeared barely much less ridiculous. This useful mannequin used a backpack with a laptop computer, GPS and cellular keyboard, and it got here with a webcam, earbuds and Samsung smartphone, which was solely used as an early model of the Glass trackpad. Sure, this meant that testers walked round in 2010 with a telephone hooked up to their cheek and a pack strapped to their again.
Fortuitously, most prototypes truly enhance as time progresses, and that is precisely what occurred with Glass. The Cat mannequin, which got here out the next yr, shed the backpack and smartphone. As an alternative, the 3D-printed body had Nexus 5 guts grafted onto the fitting aspect together with an awkwardly positioned battery on the left. Curiously, the optical show sat beneath eye degree. Cat was heavy, nevertheless it was at the least the primary really moveable model of the wearable.
Lastly, the Emu mannequin got here later in 2011. As soon as once more, it was a big enchancment in appears, weight and portability: It was cleaner, the circuitry wasn’t as rudimentary as older fashions, the optical show was positioned above the attention and it got here with a bone conduction speaker that frolicked on the again of the top.
I/O did not present us with any new particulars concerning the shopper-dealing with way forward for Glass, however at the very least we received to know a bit extra about its previous.