Google X reveals "Project Glass", an augmented reality visor

By on April 4, 2012, 4:30 PM

We've all seen what happens when technology becomes portable and connected to everything around us -- we get fatally bad driving and people walking into water fountains -- but what if your smartphone could be a visor, glasses or even a pair of contact lenses? This is what Google has been researching and no, it's definitely not an April Fool's joke.

"Project Glass" is a blue-sky project by Google's mysterious research and development arm, Google X. The project aims to augment your everyday experiences by superimposing a layer of visual indicators directly onto your field of vision. The HUD-like apparatus would keep you connected to your friends, provide data about your surroundings and potentially do anything your smartphone can do, but merely at a glance. This visual layer would be fed to your eyes through some device like a visor or contact lenses, giving you translucent alerts, messages, maps and more.

These types of projects tend to be hush-hush, top-secret stuff, but Google claims it wants the public's input on what they would like to see with such technology.

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?

Source: Project Glass, Google+

Eerily reminiscent of Caprica's "holoband" emitter, Google's concept of what the final design may look like shows a visor-like device hovering over the brow-lines of people more symmetrical than most. It sounds like science fiction, but there's no reason it has to be a visor though -- and you probably won't have to be a model to wear it. In fact, Project Glass team member Barbak Parviz, has been working on contact lenses which may be able to accomplish the same thing.




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Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Yes, but can it detect power levels?

yRaz yRaz said:

trillionsin said:

Yes, but can it detect power levels?

that comment is way under 9000

Guest said:

The future frightens me. Technology is just as much a poison as it is a medicine.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Guest said:

The future frightens me. Technology is just as much a poison as it is a medicine.

What doesn't kill you...

Chazz said:

LMAO @ him checking in

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I don't really want much to do with the social media aspect, but I've always wanted the driving style heads up display you see motorcycle racers use and of course, the superimposed display most first person games use nowadays.

Agreed with the guest as well... lol

Guest said:

I can't wait until I can finally buy a fully functioning visor like Geordi from Star Trek: TNG

Guest said:

@ 1st guest

Poison? Medicine?

Gotta get in where you fit in and if you don't fit in anywhere then maybe the poison's what you're looking for. lol

ikesmasher said:

I don't imagine this being good for people's eyes.

Guest said:

If any company can make it work, it's Google.

This is the next step in AR. I just hope Google will be able to keep this.

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yeah you can look and feel like some future cyborg mega geek walking around with that on.

Guest said:

This is awesome, but I don't know how you're going to select when you want to open something. Do you just look at the symbol? 'Cause that could get quite annoying, if you're looking at something in the distance and menus keep opening.

Guest said:

trillionsin said:

Yes, but can it detect power levels?

You need to train more, learn to sense other's power levels and let go of your technology. Embrace the good side like Vegeta, then you get to marry Bulma, but then you will get corrupted and go nuts at a world fighting tournament..

parasit3 said:

Yeah, it's basically useless if it can't even detect power levels..

Guest said:

They forgot to include full screen popup ads with 30 seconds wait until skip screen.

Guest said:

Great... "Just follows this one weird old tip" ads can now fill your every waking hour.

Guest said:

As long as I can see my health bar I'd get one of these...

Doctor John Doctor John said:

Amazing bit of kit, but if you thought texting while driving was dangerous......

Guest said:

The matrix was suggestive of these things. The part where smith and agents can become anyone. Here is the spill. In the future your left eye will get an IP address and police will be able to tap in if they need to record a crime that you are witnessing or committing. No warrant needed curtesy of your patriot act.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Guest said:

The matrix was suggestive of these things. The part where smith and agents can become anyone. Here is the spill. In the future your left eye will get an IP address and police will be able to tap in if they need to record a crime that you are witnessing or committing. No warrant needed curtesy of your patriot act.

you know, at first this made me laugh and then I thought about it. While your vision is a creepy exaggeration, it is in the right direction. The govt continues to give us more and more, and the more they want to 'help and protect' us the more they will want to make sure we're following their rules. If the govt is responsible for your healthcare, education, social security, job, income and general welfare, then you better belive they're going to want to know when you're doing something wrong.

Guest said:

I can see so many applications for this. P o r n for example.

killeriii said:

Guest said:

I can see so many applications for this. P o r n for example.

Thinking of the Augmented Reality applications for porn is making me laugh.

Guest said:

Would be creepy if someone hacked those glasses and the hacker can see what you can see & track where you are.

DAOWAce DAOWAce said:

Showing a location in a store.

Yeah, not gonna happen.

Still, Razer needs to make their SnakeEyes not an April fools joke if Google is set on releasing something like this.

princeton princeton said:

No JC Denton "my vision is augmented" comments? I'm very disappointed.

Guest said:

My glasses are augmented.

And smudged :(

Guest said:

And I thought bluetooth headsets looked ridiculous. Now people will look even more retarded walking around looking into thin air and talking and laughting to themselves. Now normal people can blend in with the mentally ill crowd that have been doing this for years now.

Guest said:

So basically this vid shows life as a pointless wandering about meeting dudes and showing off to babes. Target age group: teenagers. Most adult people spend 90% of their time working, studying, raising kids, solving various domestic problems. If all this toy can do is help me to use Google whenever I have spare time, than thanks, I can enjoy friends and girls without sharing it constantly on google circles.

Guest said:

I am not really sure how i feel about augmenting reality. One thing is for sure though, google is getting closer and closer to being able to deliver advertising straight to your brain. scary

M1kaTck M1kaTck said:

Wow, lookin' foward to it!

Guest said:

This looks seek to me...

Guest said:

I can't wait to record and upload to Facebook all of my adventures rolling around in my Segway! Other than that I just sit home and "like" pretty much everyone's posts on Facebook. Do you think I could "liking and sharing" can be done with the glasses too? Oh boy!

Guest said:

I am not really sure how I feel about augmenting reality. One thing is for sure though, google is getting closer and closer to being able to deliver advertising straight to your brain. scary

Yes I agree, I wonder the cost of an ads free version.

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