04 April 2012

The New York Times: “Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses”

Google Project Glass concept

If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek”, don’t worry. It’s probably just a Google employee testing the company’s new augmented-reality glasses.

On Wednesday, Google gave people a clearer picture of its secret initiative called Project Glass. The glasses are the company’s first venture into wearable computing.

The prototype version Google showed off on Wednesday looked like a very polished and well-designed pair of wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits above the eye. The glasses can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands. There is also a built-in camera to record video and take pictures.

Nick Bilton

They look surprisingly good, simple and unobtrusive. Of course, the software and usability needs to be up to speed as well, otherwise you’ll just have a pair of fancy-looking glasses. It’s certainly a concept that could become a major trend in a couple of years (just wait until Apple releases iGlasses!). Personally, I don’t see myself using one, I’d rather put some distance between me and the Web, having it every minute in your face (literally!) seems a bit on the obsessive side.

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