Google is still working on the set of features that will be offered on its initial versions of a computerized glasses product known as Google Glass, according to an interview with Google Glass head engineer Babak Parviz in IEEE Spectrum magazine this week. Parviz told the publication that Google Glass won't immediately offer much augmented reality -- a term that refers to the layering of digital information over views of the real world -- but the device will come with an application programming interface (API) for developers to build their own apps. As Parviz explained to IEEE about the glasses' potential:
Babak Parviz: One example is to send specific types of e-mail to my device so I can read them or have it read to me by my device, and I can then respond to it with my voice. That’s a type of application that is related to the cloud.
IEEE Spectrum: What about accepting a phone call on Google Glass? Will that be possible?
Babak Parviz: We are working on it
Parviz didn't specify whether the API would be based on Google's Android software. A prototype version of the devices Google Glass Explorer Edition, is supposed to be released early this year to a handful of software developers who pre-ordered them for $1,500 each.