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Google Aims To See Into The Future With Glass
Google has been showing off its wearable technology with a demonstration of Google Glass at the SXSW show in Texas.
Visitors to the show in Austin saw the device, which Google refers to as just "Glass", running a number of apps.
Google's own Gmail was on display, along with a New York Times app, note-taking software Evernote, image annotation tool Skitch and the Path social network app.
The firm believes the internet and computers should one day be accessible anywhere at any time without having to use one's hands.
Glass displays information in a smartphone-like format, is hands-free, can interact with the internet using natural language voice commands and uses Google's Android operating system.
The frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, but according to The New York Times, Google is considering a partnership with Warby Parker and Ray-Ban for prescription glasses and sunglasses.
With regard to Gmail, Glass wearers can use voice commands to prompt Google's email service to deliver the sender's image and subject line to the glasses' screen.
Users can then tell the app what to write back.
Tech site Engadget said the New York Times app would let users ask for news, after which they would receive a headline, a byline, an accompanying image and the number of hours since the article in question was posted.
Users can then tap the eyewear and have it read the story out loud.
Glass will also let people share images with Evernote and Skitch, and show them updates from their Path network.
CNET's Donna Tam said users could also add emoticons to friends' posts and make comments.
Designing hardware that people can wear has proved a challenge, but Google co-founder Sergey Brin claims wearable technology is less "emasculating" than a smartphone.
Glass is expected to go on sale to the general public later this year, but according to Miss Tam, the device has already caused a scene.
She pointed out that a bar in Seattle became the first place to ban Google Glass last week, fearing the wearable device would "creep out" its customers.
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