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

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


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

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 :)

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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