Google shows off Project Glass, the HUD-interface in your eyeglasses

Google shows off Project Glass, the HUD-interface in your eyeglasses

Google has started showing off Project Glass, a mobile computing interface contained in a pair of eyeglasses. Now I love cool, future-reaching technology. Most of them, even from the huge players, are demoware that never sees the light of day. But that's okay. They inspire and inform where technology is heading -- and that technology is increasingly mobile.

Apple doesn't do demos, of course. They typically take the stage, show off a finished product, and announce a ship date a few weeks, or at most a few months, off. But Apple is also an increasingly mobile-centric technology company, and we need no further proof of where they're headed than Siri headlining the iPhone 4S launch.

Technology is becoming more accessible via interfaces that are more natural all the time. Whether Google brings the first mainstream, successful implementation of this type of device to market first, or Microsoft does, or Apple does, or some non-traditional player like Amazon or Facebook does is the question. While Google probably isn't showing all their cards yet, what they are showing is intriguing:

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. 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.

Is a pair of HUD-style glasses with this type of user-experience something you're interested in? Would you like to see something like this with the Apple logo on it and a Siri-based UI? Or is this still the realm of sci-fi for now?

Source: Project Glass via Android Central

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

More Posts



← Previously

Steve Jobs and the relentless drive to cut away what's not absolutely necessary and simplify what is

Next up →

Sparrow for iPhone 1.1 brings built-in browser, Send & Archive, but still no push

There are 45 comments. Add yours.

Matthew Oaks says:

Anyone else find it comical that we have this future technology, but he is still buying a physical book from a book store.

Mike says:

Just think, you could be walking through that book store and the Kindle store will popup with buy buttons next to each book... I really hope this thing comes with popup killers :)

FlopTech says:

This could be the real reason why Google is working on self-driving cars. So the car could take over when its driver is not paying attention to the road, pedestrians, red lights, cyclists, or other motorists. Because they're Googling something.
Multi-tasking is OK in the office because nobody gets killed. Not OK on the road.

dharrisonrand says:

My car already has a HUD. It keeps my attention on the road better than turning to see what my phone/GPS unit is telling me.

felface says:

it would be so cool if this ever gets of the google labs in several years it might possibly have some voice ui but also 1) you would look wierd wearing them 2) can you imagine this really being something that happen mainstream it would be so wierd

OMMBoy says:

theres a reason why man invented punctuation marks its to make reading easier if there werent punctuation marks it would make understanding what you are trying to say very difficult

felface says:

you would look really wierd wearing a pair of these glasses

Glenn#IM says:

Even more strange if you already wear glasses, unless they come in prescription. I am guessing google will not have these raeady until 2014 or 2015. Things like this look. neat, but usually take several years to develope. I may be wrong, but usually the norm.

Hm says:

Great, soon people won't have to use their brains or their memories at all... and every stupid pointless thing they see will be shared. I'm so looking forward to this vision of the future... /sarcasm off

MFR118 says:

Now I'm just curious: having both an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4s if Apple were to unveil something like this how many of you (ok me included) would be the first people to line up looking to get a pair of these glasses? Before you start bashing Google and their fans think about what we do when Apple announces a "new" product....get my point?

Michael says:

Well said, it annoys me how Apple fans bash Google and the Android platform at every opportunity. I own a device running both OS's and they are both very good, the thing that annoys me is people are saying these are stupid etc yet if Apple were the 1's doing this, the same people would be kissing Apple's ass and saying how innovative they are.

BalBurgh says:

Check out the book "Accelerando" by Charles Stross. I disagree with him on some things but he touches on this concept nicely. Something like this will happen, it's just a question of who gets market penetration effectively. Indeed, this is inevitable in some sense.

MIkey says:


Michael says:

So your saying it does all that just by thinking it, I don't think so. Especially not from google.

Carioca32 says:

Apple also does demo-like unfinished products, like Siri, which continues to be beta after 6 months.

macharborguy says:

GMail was in beta for 5 years. Not taking pot shots at Google with this, since i love using GMail (and actually bought an invite off of eBay for it back when it first launched in "real" beta).

Hm says:

I doubt Siri will ever be out of 'Beta' status...

Randy Walters says:

Isn't it weird how nobody seems to be able to spell "weird" properly?
I'm saddened by how many people, in this talkback and others, are worried about how other people will think they'll look.
"People will think I look funny wearing the glasses."
"People will think I look like a dork taking pictures with my iPad."
"People will think I'm strange if I draw with a stylus."
The @#$%& with what other people think. There's no more pointless, unproductive activity than trying to conform to the expectations of others. Think for yourself, and don't waste your time worrying about other people's opinions.

Zachary says:

Randy! Well said! I just got done having a conversation with my sister about who cares what other people think. I think giving a **#&$( about what other people think is a neurological disorder.

Akki says:

If Apple makes finished product on this then it will patent it all and sue all others who implements the same vision. May be they will declare thermo nuclear war. And some sheep will always claim others are copying their beloved god sent company.

Newbornfugur says:

Looks like it has a lot of potential, from an Apple prospective having my iPhone linked with this type of visual device and integrated Siri control is both a echo of future technology seen in old SciFi movies and a logical progression given the current state of mobile technology. I believe the combination of visual projections, augmented reality and voice control wrapped up into out mobile devices is the next step in personal computing. The technology will need to mature as with anything else and I can see it the possibility for both failure points and successes should it not be developed properly. From a tasking prospective I would find this very usefull, an example would be at work where you may not be able to keep an eye on incoming messages while in a meeting or group discussion. The other side of the coin is the control of incoming information, if running applications are allowed to push advertisements or you can not throttle what information is displayed the visual displays can become overwhelming or intrusive. I would love to see this available for the iPhone and Siri, I found the concept video exciting as to the possibility and prospect of such technology and product.

macharborguy says:

i am more interested in the actual screen technology that would be required for this to work, especially at night. Currently, we need backlights on LCD panels in order to even see them.
There are some technologies for transparent LCD screens, but unless the backdrop is a bright white, the effect severally diminishes.
But like all technologies, it may still a ways off but it is very possible to see it become reality.

Vanti says:

well what if you dont wear glasses.....?
lol my iphone can do almost everything his glasses can do. An i really think that tech like that would cause some new form of CANCER.

reciclar telefonos moviles says:

You could definitely see your enthusiasm within the paintings you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

Android Phone says:

I don't know what to say after watching this video. Google is entering into everything. If this comes true imagine how productive we became and how cool our life would be. If Google releases this I would be the first man who bought this. Cool man.

mini bus hire hertfordshire says:

You really make it seem really easy together with your presentation however I in finding this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely large for me. I am looking ahead to your subsequent put up, I will try to get the hold of it!

empire social says:

Excellent goods from you, man. I have keep in mind your stuff prior to and you are simply extremely magnificent. I really like what you've obtained right here, really like what you're saying and the way wherein you assert it. You make it entertaining and you continue to take care of to stay it smart. I cant wait to learn far more from you. That is really a great website.

seo services says:

Terrific work! This is the type of info that should be shared around the web. Disgrace on Google for not positioning this submit upper! Come on over and talk over with my web site . Thanks =)

cheap tyres in glasgow says:

Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in reality was once a enjoyment account it. Glance complicated to far added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

smart repair says:

It is actually a nice and helpful piece of info. I'm satisfied that you simply shared this useful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

Gregz0r says:

Gruber wrote a great piece and re-linked to it a few days ago, about 'futuristic Bullsh!t'.

Corey says:

Hmmm.... So this is "Augmented Reality Hipster Vision"

Jack says:

Why does he need to stop the music? The music already tops automatically on the iPhone, so Android must have it too.

auto says:

Hello, i believe that i noticed you visited my weblog so i came to go back the prefer?.I'm attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its good enough to make use of a few of your ideas!!

water softener for sale says:

I just could not depart your website before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard info an individual provide for your visitors? Is going to be back steadily to check up on new posts

jbelkin says:

How do you send email on it to get tech support from Google?

Gricelda Simkowitz says:

I don't know what to say after watching this video. Google is entering into everything. If this comes true imagine how productive we became and how cool our life would be. If Google releases this I would be the first man who bought this. Cool man.

batik|trusmi|cirebon|batik|pusat|kerajinan|terlengkap says:

Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice whilst you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a weblog web site? The account aided me a applicable deal. I have been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided shiny clear idea

seo us says:

Useful info. Fortunate me I found your site by accident, and I'm stunned why this coincidence didn't took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

sunglasses discount online says:

Thanks for every other excellent article. The place else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect approach of writing? I've a presentation next week, and I'm at the look for such info.

cheapest quality wiki links says:

hi!,I really like your writing so a lot! share we keep in touch more about your post on AOL? I require a specialist in this space to resolve my problem. Maybe that's you! Having a look ahead to look you.

Continue Reading says:

Thin ka little harsh I thought the majority of his kicks were excellent, and a major contributor to a lot of the pressure we put on them in their own 22.

yellow letter program says:

I pertained right here in order to learn about a little something totally numerous than the things I would most likely. I love in order to take in as a lot brand-new information since achievable, it is the very best part pertaining to daily life. We include a web site as well, click on the back link to come on by and also find exactly what we become getting into.