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April 4, 2012

Google's Project Glass

After a few months of speculation, Google revealed some information about the project that will make Google Goggles and other mobile apps more useful. Instead of using a smartphone to find information about an object, translate a text, get directions, compare prices, you can use some smart glasses that augment the reality and help you understand more about that things around you.

"We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don't. 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.


There's also a video that shows why the glasses could be helpful:


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.

One of the people who used the glasses said that "they let technology get out of your way. If I want to take a picture I don't have to reach into my pocket and take out my phone; I just press a button at the top of the glasses and that's it."

In February, New York Times reported that "the glasses [could] go on sale to the public by the end of the year. (...) The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone's eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS." Seth Weintraub found that "the navigation system currently used is a head tilting-to scroll and click, (...) I/O on the glasses will also include voice input and output, and we are told the CPU/RAM/storage hardware is near the equivalent of a generation-old Android smartphone".

It will be interesting to see if Google will actually sell these smart glasses. There are a lot of issues that need to be solved before releasing a commercial product: from battery life to packaging so much technology in a such a small product, from improving Google Goggles to handling real-time video streaming.

55 comments:

  1. I see lawsuits from governments and crazy people (redundant I know) when people start running into poles, crashing cars, etc.

    It'll be interesting to see how this tech plays out though.

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    1. Safer than looking down at your phone my friend.

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  2. Yeah... "April Fools", right? Sounds nifty, but it feels like a prank.

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    1. this is actually a real thing, just like the video on youtube called a day of glass. look it up

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  3. Sounds awesome, I hope we can get rid of batteries soon so that these things get easier to pull off.

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  4. Honestly even if google pulled it off, they'd be much bulkier, less user friendlier and undoubtably uglier than what we assume they'll be. My other problem is that people walking around with glasses that they don't need look ridiculous. Along with the fact I don't doubt that they'd be shat out before being as ready as they could be.

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    1. I used to look twice when seeing someone with one of those blackberry things on their ear. I thought they had a medical problem at first, some condition that needed monitoring in this particularly obtrusive way.

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  5. Reminds me of Wall-E. lol. And in the next few years we will be more like this.

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  6. While there's some cool technology here, I think the "dork factor" will cause these to be as big a flop as the Segway.

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  7. RETINA SEDUCTION : Google Glasses lol - http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3364351

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  8. RETINA SEDUCTION :Google Glasses LOL - http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3364351

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  9. wanker vision for wankers

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  10. Looks awesome if it works as well as the video then Google will have a hit on their hands or at least they deserve to.

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  11. It seems cool if it will be works well :)

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  12. 1. This HAS to be able to pair with you Android phone.
    2. Does it work on it's own? How does it connect to the internet if you're in a no wifi zone without your phone sharing internet?
    (PS, that last one is a bit of a joke, putting 3G in them would be a HORRIBLE idea)

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    1. how would putting 3g in them be a bad idea, that would fix the no WiFi problem, wouldn't it?

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    2. i hate holding my phone to my head for the short conversations i have, 3g on your head for surfing would just give me head aches

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  13. Good afternoon,

    I would like to provide confidential feedback on your project.

    Where can you be joined ?

    Chantal

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    1. LoL you put anonymous up the top and you signed your name down the bottom of the post

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  14. But what about people who ALREADY wear glasses? I don't feel like investing in contacts just to put a pair of glasses back on. In fact, I'll just cut out the middle man and wait for the iSurgery. lol

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  15. Google Glasses: A New Way to Hurt Yourself (parody of Google's Project Glass)
    http://www.cinetonic.com/yt/t3TAOYXT840
    :)

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  16. These look sexy but the way work is up to google

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  17. What about the electromagnetic waves that is going to go through our heads?

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    1. if you live on earth, you have radio waves going through your head. if you live in a house there is electromagnetic waves, going through your head and body everyday and night.

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  18. Frank Ch. EiglerApril 6, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    It's interesting that the loss-of-privacy angle isn't even the #1 concern, but industrial design or commercial availability. There is no way I would even consider such a widget, if it were tied directly into proprietary software running at the googleplex.

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  19. This is obviously "April Fools"!!!

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  20. why not just let the hardware in the smartphone (CPU, RAM, batteries..) and the glasses will just embeds the motions captures and the display, and make a Bluetooth 4.0 connections between the station (smartphone) and the widget (the glasses) ?
    like this no harmful wave, no heavy weight, and powerful capabilities!

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  21. Is this legal???? Accio Distractions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much for Android smartphones when you can wear distracting glasses.

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  22. I don't think Google Project Glass will be success in real world.

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  23. Where's the removable battery?

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  24. Its really just awesome invention.

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  25. Idk if this is a cool invention or a scary invention!! If this technology starts to singe out people or if I get popping advertisements or if I get messages from the DHS on this then I am going to throw it away!!!

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  26. With these glasses no more chance to save the soul - every second will be wasted for everything around you, but it will not be spent for thinking about the GOD and the soul. The humain beings are reaching their way for an eternal spiritual putrefaction by applying new technologies... SOS!!!

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  27. I don't think google would prank us with something so realistically possible and would probably sell well and be so useful... besides if you look at the picture of the woman at the top of the screen, her vision is not obstructed by anything and it is only over one eye she has to look up and if its only over one eye the opacity of the notification would be reduced to at least half considering most people focus from one eye at a time =]

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  28. The possibilities about technology seems endless. I mean, this glasses is really a great idea too. If this hits the public market, I have no doubts that this will replace all smartphones today. And I wonder if glasses company would also make this kind of glasses.

    @Kafee Cinta:

    Well, I too want to Beta Test it myself. XD

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  29. i really like this. i would use it but not out and about with my freinds. i really like the fact u can take pics with it. i have always wanted to blink my eyes and it automaticaly takes a picture! :D its a good idea but i bet its going to be very expensive and it probaly wont work :D

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  30. Fantastic tech that I can't wait to become reality. They Will be ubiquitous come the Singularity.

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    1. Malenfant will be master after all...

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  31. .......... i just typed google in the search engine and...... i think im hallucinating. it seems like a prank or something

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  32. I wonder if this device should be worn over your dominant eye or not, i'm a left-eyer (i think most people are) but how about right-eyers?

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  33. The glasses aren't here yet and already I can't wait for the myriads of possible implementations of augmented reality.
    I love this era.

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  34. maybe if they designed them to be like sunglasses it would be less dorky. but ya definately seems like a prank

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  35. that's cool i wish that could be true soon

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  36. Is it just me, or do these really scare me?

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  37. Wisdom is good and i like wisdom don't you?

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  38. Good things makes me fill good when i fill good my soul is at good rest.

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  39. I am sure this will change the thinking of People and the Life of everyone

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  40. look at our review in hebrew for google glass project in isramap:
    http://www.isramap.co.il/%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%98-google-glass

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