Google’s concept glasses have a camera, a microphone and can connect to the Internet to send and receive data in real time. The interface is simple and it only shows relevant information.
Google has taken the wraps off techno-glasses which add emails, Google searches and even directions over your view of the world.
Project Glass, are voice-controlled, and offer GPS directions as well as email and video chat through a built-in screen directly in front of a user’s eyes. The glasses are a product of Google’s ‘Google X’ blue-sky ideas lab – and the search giant is looking for ideas to improve them.
‘We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t,’ says Google.
The glasses appear to run a variant of the Android operating system, using the same microphone icon and other recognisable parts of Google’s mobile OS. The glasses layer information ‘over’ the world, and offer directions – as well as allowing users to ‘locate’ one another in the real world, as with Google’s current Latitude system.
‘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, ‘says Google.
‘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.’
Many of the features – voice commands, embedded camera, Google Maps integration – have been previously rumored, but it’s compelling to actually see them in action. Whether they will work quite as well in reality is, so far, uncertain,’ says ZDNet.
No release date has been confirmed for the glasses – nor has Google explained exactly how the glasses work. The lab is reportedly located in Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters – known as ‘the Googleplex’.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is reportedly deeply involved in the lab. His business card is said to be simply a piece of silvery metal decorated with the letter X.
Watch this video of what the world would look like from behind these glasses. It’s like Iron Man except instead of important world-saving information you’re answering your friend’s text messages and learning about delays on the subway.