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Google unveils augmented reality eyewear concept in Project Glass

Will enhance vision with data on the fly
Thu Apr 05 2012, 13:28
Google's Project Glass

INTERNET SERVICES OUTFIT Google has announced its augmented reality eyewear concept named Project Glass.

Bringing science fiction into the real world, the technology has been created by a small team of Google engineers and intends to enhance visual reality with data on the fly. Developed over the past two years, the project was unveiled today on a Google Plus web page together with a Project Glass Youtube video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.

Google said in the post, "A group of us from Google started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment."

The glasses - which allow texts, emails, music, and more beamed directly to your field of vision - won't be to everyone's tastes, either aesthetically or conceptually.

The video features a first-person view of a male protagonist who awakes and puts on the glasses. He proceeds to use them to his advantage throughout the day, including setting a reminder to buy tickets for a show, receiving updates on local travel information, and not forgetting a corny concluding scene where he serenades his girlfriend via video chat over a romantic sunset with a ukulele.

Positive comments on the video in Youtube include "This invention is really cool, I like it!" And "This is just awesome. If this is real someday, we have definitely reached the future."

However, not everyone is so taken by the concept, with other user comments reading, "Garbage" and "I don't need technology to remember things for me I have post-it-notes, a brain and a pen."

Regardless, Google said in its announcement that the stealth project is nowhere near complete but that the project team simply "want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input".

Google invited people to tell it what they would like to see from Project Glass. µ


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