A little over two weeks ago Google unveiled Project Glass, a secret program in its testing phase designed to bring augmented-reality to the masses.
This hush-hush lab is devoted to developing futuristic tech concepts: think space elevators, robots and driverless cars!
Now almost ready for public testing, Google’s crack team have begun releasing fresh information, including this new video – see end of article.
“We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” the team wrote in a post on their Google+ page. “Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?”
The drum is these Android-powered glasses will allow you to check your email, update your Facebook, or even check-in to your favorite restaurant. By creating a direct link to your smartphone, real-time information is fed onto a heads-up display (that’s HUD – yep, another acronym).
There is no doubt that wearable computing is coming and with 3G or 4G data connection, GPS, and numerous environmental sensors, these glasses will have augmented reality developers wetting their pants.
It could also be the beginning of the end – that blurred line between work and play might be fuzzed forever. Walking to work may never be more productive.
There are also reports that, by using a new integrated navigation feature, all you have to do is tilt your head to scroll and click. Apparently it is quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outsiders.
So now that you early adopters are salivating, just what would you expect to pay? Early reports estimate the new smart goggles will feature a built-in camera and cost in the region of $250 to $600.
Cheap for some!