The much hyped Google Glass eyewear has been given a low-key launch in the UK with prototypes of the Android-enabled spectacles going on sale for £1,000 to developers.
Amongst the first to don a pair is the Guardian newspaper which has developed its first piece of glassware to utilise the unique functionality of the device, by streaming the latest headlines and breaking news items to the wearer.
Users will also be able to hear short audio summaries, share content on social media or save content for perusal at a later date.
The Guardian is amongst the first organisations to create Glassware for the UK Explorer launch but others, such as Tesco, are expected to follow suit.
Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, Guardian News and Media said: “The Guardian’s philosophy and approach to journalism is independent of any platform. What intrigues us most about Google Glass and other wearable devices are the new journalistic opportunities they provide, and how they allow us to collaborate with our readers around the world while respecting their privacy.”
The UK is only the second country in the world to get hold of the device, after the US.