Well, well, well! It looks like the team at Google [X] has indeed been busy working on the so-called "Google Glasses" project (now known as Project Glass) after all! And even better, they've been kind enough to post a video of their early efforts:
OK, so I know this is a demo video and I know demo videos are designed specifically to make a product look awesome, but... holy cow, this is awesome.
For those of you who are at work and are unable to watch this video for some reason, let me break it down for you: A guy uses his Google Glasses to do the following:
- Make arrangements to meet his friend in a nearby bookstore
- Get walking directions to the store after his glasses inform him that subway service has turned off
- Locate both the music section of the bookstore and then locate his friend within the bookstore
- Perform a video chat with another friend in which he shows off his new-found ability to play the ukulele
All of this is done using the glasses' wireless connection, some simple voice commands and an unobtrusive augmented reality user interface that provides you with useful information without blocking your line of sight. Oh, and Google has released some pictures of prototypes for the glasses and guess what? They don't look all that dorky:
Here's what the Project Glass team had to say about their new creation:
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.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?
What I'd like to see is for you guys to release these glasses as soon as you can. They're too freaking cool. And to those people who complain that these glasses will just result in more annoying people talking to themselves while they're walking down the street and through stores? My response is no, I will not get off your lawn.
UPDATE: I had originally referred to these glasses as "Google Goggles." Google has written to inform me that Google Goggles is actually a separate product from Project Glass. Ergo, I've changed all references to "goggles" to "glasses." I hope this clears up the confusion.