The newest invention to come out of the king of search is one that is sure to impress any one that lays their eyes on it. Google’s augmented reality glasses, codenamed ‘Project Glass’, are wearable glasses that project certain information pertaining to your environment. The glasses gather information from computer generated input such as a built in video camera that analyzes surroundings, microphone that is used for voice commands, and GPS which is used to gather information about your location, and project it onto your glasses directly into your line of site.
Augmented reality is a technology that digitally connects humans to the world around you. For example , say you’re walking down the street looking for a book store. Theoretically you could say out loud ‘Find Barnes and Noble”. The glasses will then pick up your voice and search Google maps for the closest Barnes and Noble, project onto your glasses directions to the book store (turn by turn) and then once your approaching your destination it will point an arrow (projected on your glasses) to the front door. This could be very useful in a new town or city to navigate by foot. But what about when your driving? These glasses could become a huge liability.
Below is a video that google created through the eyes of someone wearing the glasses. Very impressive idea.
Although the technology isn’t ready for consumers yet (actually its barely out of its basic prototype phase) it seems to be very promising. The ability to have an all in one , hands-free device that is non-intrusive could be a consumers dream. But, is it too far fetched. Do people really want to be wearing a futuristic device over their eyes? Is it a geeks dream or would something like this really catch on? Let me know what you think in the comments.