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Google unveils augmented reality headset "Project Glass"

Augmented reality glasses are now in public testing

Google has started public testing of augmented reality glasses known as "Project Glass."

The internet giant posted an introductory video to Google+ that showcases many of the headset's functions. Google wants the tests to "start a conversation" that will help it to improve the product.

Project Glass features a near-transparent video screen that transmits information in front of the users' right eye.

The video suggests that the user will be able to receive information - both contextually and on-demand - about their location, the weather conditions, and reminders from their schedule, presumably through integration with Google's other products, like Google+, Google Maps, Gmail and others.

Specific examples featured in the video include instant alerts for incoming mails and texts, the ability to dictate responses (and voice control in general), and a function that projects arrows on to the real world to help the user reach a destination.

Google hasn't released any information regarding pricing or release date.

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Latest comments (11)

Tony Prescesky Sound Designer, Ubisoft Entertainment4 years ago
I had to chuckle a bit when I first learned of this product. If only due to the cockup over the original EULA for Google Chrome ("We own everything you look at using this web browser").
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Dan Howdle Head of Content, Existent4 years ago
Seems like a great way for advertisers to further lay flat the common psyche.

Here; take my brain out of my head, plumb it to the web and pipe it with warm Nestle.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dan Howdle on 5th April 2012 5:22pm

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@Dan:

While this could lay the foundation for a sort of brainwashed, Idiocracy-like society (aren't we there yet?) I can't help but think this is totally awesome. Next up, retina/brain implants! ;)
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
Um... has anyone even THOUGHT about how shitty this will turn out when you're CONSTANTLY bumping into fools with those damn glasses on so caught up in their virtual reality GPS life styes that they're oblivious to stuff like what they NEED to pay attention to?

I can see it now: some hipster doofus bopping down the street texting, listening to an iPod and trying to find out where that subway stop is. That's a crime victim right there, plus a car/bus/bike/truck accident waiting to happen.

Not to mention all the dog shit that will be stepped in, doors that will be run into and low railings that will be tripped over. I see a class action lawsuit coming... like the one from the old Steve Martin movie "The Jerk"... but funnier.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Greg Wilcox on 5th April 2012 7:36pm

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Tyler Moore Game Designer & Unity Developer 4 years ago
Hopefully they can get over the cultural hump. Having a Bluetooth headset still makes you a goof in my neck of the woods.
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Preet Basson Train 2 Game Developer 4 years ago
About time
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Jon Airhart Production Manager, Capcom4 years ago
Ever read Virtual Light by William Gibson?
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All that came to my mind was "mobile killer": once this is working properly, mobiles become obsolete. Seems uber-futuristic (the way it was presented in the video anyway) - if the end result is anything like that, its a complete tech/game changer IMO.
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Gary LaRochelle Digital Artist / UI/UX Designer / Game Designer, Flea Ranch Games4 years ago
Google's geeky engineers want us all to look like geeky engineers.
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Murray Lorden Game Designer & Developer, MUZBOZ4 years ago
Haha! Jeez, it hadn't even dawned on me how scary the advertising side of it could be.

Yeah, watching the video was like...

"Cool! Yeah, I can see how this could be really useful and immediate, giving you access to a bunch of stuff you currently have to do via a computer screen or your phone..."

...but it was also feeling like...

"Jeez, this sort of takes the reality out of reality a bit doesn't it?!"

:/
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Murray Lorden Game Designer & Developer, MUZBOZ4 years ago
I think it would make for a really interesting new gaming platform. Whole new types of games could come out of it.
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