• Great articles on other sites
  • RSS Great articles on other sites


  • Renai's other site: Sci-fi + fantasy book news and reviews
  • RSS Renai LeMay

  • Blog, Gadgets - Written by on Monday, July 29, 2013 17:00 - 8 Comments

    Google starts demoing Glass in Australia

    glass

    blog Like many technologists, your writer has been keen to get his hands on on a copy of Google’s new augmented reality/wearable technology headset Glass. However, of course access has been extremely limited so far — to the extent that there have only been a couple of documented cases of Glass ever having been trialed in Australia, the most high-profile of which was obviously the short-lived trial by then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard in February. However, now Google has shipped a couple of Glass units to Australia and has started demonstrating them with local media. First cab off the rank is The Australian newspaper; you can find its account of its experience here. The newspaper writes:

    “Google in the US has briefly lent two Glass units to its Sydney office, and The Weekend Australian was the first newspaper to try them on … Google can’t say when they will sell here.”

    Given that The Australian has been invited in, we have no doubt that we’ll shortly be seeing articles published by the Financial Review, the Sydney Morning Herald and other mainstream media outlets talking about their Glass experience, as well as slots on television (probably Sunrise, at least). Glass seems destined to be a publicity machine for Google; the technology is so new, so potentially revolutionary, and so limited to such a small set of early adopters, that the company really will be able to generate a constant string of positive stories here. That formula is perfect for a drip-feed press hype strategy.

    In related news, Google Australia has also briefly lent a Glass unit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney. As Ausdroid reveals, there’s a video up on the zoo’s YouTube channel showing the point of view through Glass of various wildlife. To be honest, this kind of video could have easily been shot through a normal camera, but it’s still nice to see Google hitting up some Australian icons and journalists with its latest tech. Delimiter eagerly awaits its own visit to the Sydney Googleplex, where we will once again refuse to sign the standard front desk non-disclosure agreement. Now if only the company could see its way to letting the rest of the world, you know, actually BUY its latest gadget, that would be nice, mmmmkay? We’ve been hearing about Glass for more than a year now. Apple would have launched this already.

    Update: The Sydney Morning Herald has its version of the story (such as it is) online as well.

    Image credit: Google

    Print Friendly

    8 Comments

    You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

    1. Posted 29/07/2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink |

      SBS 2’s The Feed program had a hands on review more than a month ago – http://youtu.be/H9c8M49vYQ4

      • Posted 29/07/2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink |

        Yes but that copy didn’t come from Google first-hand — it was by one of the early Glass explorers etc ;)

    2. looktall
      Posted 29/07/2013 at 10:50 pm | Permalink |

      when do you get your review pair Renai?

    3. Soth
      Posted 30/07/2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink |

      Never been to up to date with the tech world and I was like pff why would I need one of them when I first heard about it, but now that I think about it, having a pair of these while cycling might come in handy.

    4. stoffs
      Posted 30/07/2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink |

      i’m really concerned…. a few nerds out at a bar …. one gets a bit liquored up … and google glasses someone there…

      • PointZeroOne
        Posted 30/07/2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink |

        As opposed to someone pulling out their phone and doing something….

    5. Sven
      Posted 31/07/2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink |

      Pfffft. Google glass schmoogle glass.

      Give me an Oculus Rift. Then we are talking.




  • Get our weekly newsletter

    All our stories, just one email a week.

    Email address:


    Follow us on social media






    Use your RSS reader to subscribe to our articles feed or to our comments feed.

  • Most Popular Content

  • Enterprise IT stories

    • Microsoft wants to win you back with Windows 10 windows-10

      The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system will begin rolling out from Wednesday (July 29). And remarkably, Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to those users who already have Windows 7 and 8.1 installed.

    • Qld Govt Depts have no disaster recovery plan brisvegas2

      Two sizable Queensland Government departments have no central disaster recovery plan, the state’s Auditor-General has found, despite the region’s ongoing struggles with extreme weather conditions that have previously knocked out telecommunications and data centre infrastructure.

    • ASD releases Windows 8 hardening guide windows-8-1

      The Australian Signals Directorate appears to have released a guide to hardening Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, three years after the software was released for use by corporate customers, and as Microsoft is slated to release its next upgrade, Windows 10.

    • ASG picks up $35m CIMIC IT services deal money

      Perth-headquartered IT services group ASG this week revealed it had picked up a deal worth at least $35 million over five years with CIMIC Group — the massive construction and contracting group previously known as Leighton Holdings.

    • Datacom completes mammoth Health ICT takeover UTP Cat5e Cable with patch panel

      New Zealand-headquartered IT services group Datacom this week announced it has successfully taken over the ICT infrastructure of the Federal Department of Health, in a long-awaited move which has seen the department remove large tranches of work from the hands of long-term outsourcer IBM.

  • News, Policy + Politics - Jul 29, 2015 15:25 - 6 Comments

    Turnbull defends Geelong MP from FTTN critics

    More In Policy + Politics


    Analysis, Enterprise IT - Jul 28, 2015 16:20 - 10 Comments

    Microsoft wants to win you back with Windows 10

    More In Enterprise IT


    Industry, News - Jul 28, 2015 12:37 - 0 Comments

    ICAC to investigate NSW TAFE ICT manager

    More In Industry


    Consumer Tech, News - Jul 29, 2015 17:14 - 0 Comments

    Telstra integrates Netflix, Stan, Presto into re-badged Roku box

    More In Consumer Tech