We’ve heard rumors that Google was working on “augmented reality” eyeglasses that would display information relevant to wearers as they go through their daily routine. Now Google itself has confirmed this as Project Glass, complete with a video of what they might be able to do.
The video is pretty cool. You see someone starting their day, getting information about subway closures, walking directions with heads-up display of turns to take, speaking to the glasses to make a reminder to buy concert tickets, speaking to take a picture, taking a phone call with video and more.
Watch it yourself below:
The reality is, well, we don’t know. The video is not showing the actual glasses in action but rather a concept of what they might be able to do. Even the pictures of people on the Google+ page that serves as a home for Project Glass aren’t showing the real glasses but rather “design photos.”
From the page:
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.
So those glasses, perhaps they’re prototypes or perhaps the actual functioning glasses are much more bulky.
Nick Bilton from the New York Times reports there are several different prototypes actually being used and has spoken to some who have worn them. One person talks about taking a picture with them, but by using a button, not by speaking.
From the pictures, perhaps one of the biggest questions will be, if they do ever get sold, do you want them in black or white? I see both colors in the design models:
Want to test them yourself? Calm down. There’s no formal testing program that was announced, nor anything confirming earlier rumors they’d go on sale later this year. In fact, Steven Levy over at Wired reports Google indicates that any sale by the end of this year is extremely unlikely.
Rather, Project Glass is asking for feedback, so follow it on Google+ here, if you’re interested.