Google Glass update lets you identify songs, take context aware photos, search YouTube

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 10 Sep 2013

Another month, another Google Glass update. The alpha product that’s in the hands of roughly 10,000 walking cyborgs now lets you take a photo of whatever it is you’re looking at and have the photo contain whatever it is you’re reading in Google Glass. Think of this as a glorified screenshot. Next up is the ability to simply tap and hold the touchpad on the side of your head to identify whatever song is playing in the background. That’s awesome. And finally, there’s the ability to search YouTube. Because what better way to destroy what little scraps of attention you have left, right?

Now I know what you’re thinking, when can I get Glass?! Sadly, kids, it’s going to be at least a year. The way Google Glass is currently configured, it’ll last you just a few short hours, and then you’re left with a giant pile of plastic on your face. And speaking about plastic, while you might think Glass looks awesome, many people think it looks downright scary 80s sci-fi nightmare-ish.

And as for cost, that’s anyone’s guess. Glass today runs about $1,500. That’s obviously not going to be the final retail price. I’d expect somewhere in the $499 range, but again, that’s just a random number.