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Google Glass Testers Have Clear Mission

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Google Glass, the tech giant's high tech glasses, are already being spotted on testers across the country with expectations it will hit the market by the end of the year. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Perhaps they're the most talked about pair of glasses in history but do you actually know what Google Glass high-tech glasses actually do? Well, you're about to find out. There's a camera up top, bone conducting speakers by the ears, accelerometer inside, a touch sensitive panel on the side for controlling certain functions, and of course a microphone for controlling some others since Glass is almost entirely driven via your voice.

The answers to everything you ask Glass to via a Google search appear in the upper right hand corner of your natural sightline -- i.e. hands free measurement conversions while cooking, or instant language translations in your ear. But the big wow app at the moment is probably navigation. Arrows in front of your face show you where to go based on where you're looking. But are glasses really more convenient for all that stuff than a look down at your phone? Well, yes, according to Mia Choi, a Google Glass Explorer -- one of just 8,000 people chosen to test out Glass, before plopping down $1,500 bucks for a pair.

"In my business running an event company you're supposed to know everything at the drop of a hat, how far it is to get from point A to B. It keeps me from doing this and this to up here and in the world," says Choi.

Now, because at the moment so few people know exactly what Glass does, it can be a little unnerving if someone with a pair of these on walks up to you. You don't know what's happening on their end so Google has built in a few features so that you as the non-users know when the user is using it. For starters, when it's on, a light indicates so.

Also, again, it's voice activated so someone would need to say, for example, 'Okay Glass, take a picture,' which you'd likely hear. Still, Glass has come with its share of controversy, among other things privacy advocates worry about facial recognition apps which Google says it will not create nor support, though there's still concern hackers will find ways to use the device outside of Google's control.

As for when you will get a shot at trying and buying a pair, Google intends to have Glass on shelves by the end of this year.

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