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Google Glass project leader Babak Parviz

"We have full audio in and audio out, which is a nice, natural way of interacting with something that you'd wear and always have with you," says Google Glass project leader Babak Parviz.

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In an interview, Google Glass project leader Babak Parviz discusses where the wearable device is heading in the near future. Parviz says the Google Glass project aims to develop a device that allows for pictorial communications and enables users to access information very quickly.

Since the last Google Glass prototype was released six months ago, the researchers have made the platform more robust, with the goal of shipping it to developers in early 2013. Although the researchers have not discussed any specific features, Parviz says they have experimented with using voice commands to control and interact with Google Glass. The researchers also want to combine Google Glass with Google Now, a virtual assistant that suggests potentially useful information throughout the day.

Parviz notes that his team has not written any apps for Google Glass because it is a completely new platform. "We hope that when we ship this to developers, other people will also figure out what this very powerful platform is able to do," he says. Parviz notes that one of the most challenging problems associated with developing Google Glass is finding a way to boost the battery life so that it lasts all day.

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