The “OK Glass” Hotword For Google Glass Could Have Been “Pew Pew Pew”

Why so sad, Sergey?

“OK Glass, fire lasers.”

Have you ever wondered why Google picked “OK Glass” as the vocal trigger for giving commands to the headset? Glass Marketing Manager Amanda Rosenberg has revealed how the hotword came to be.

In the car on the way back, Mat [Glass Product Manager] told me about how the team had been working on the “hotword” for Glass. I must confess, I did not know what “hotword” meant. Did I ask what it meant? No. Did I nod whilst looking pensive? You bet your glass I did. As I listened to Mat, I quickly** deduced that he was referring to the phrase that sets off the Glass menu. He then asked me if I had any ideas for the hotword. In that moment the only phrase I could think of was ‘OK Glass’. I didn’t tell him straightaway though. Instead, I continued to look pensive and muttered something about ‘looking into it’ just to appear as though I was going to put more than 3 seconds of work into it.

Make sure to read the whole post for the full story. Here are some of the other hotwords Google considered:

Listen up Glass
Hear me now
Let me use Glass to
Go Go Glass
Clap on
Device, please
3, 2, 1…
Glass alive
Pew pew pew

“Pew pew pew” would have been amazing.