This seems to be the week for futuristic blog posts! Monday was flying cars, today is virtual-reality glasses. Google has just rolled out its “Project Glass,” virtually a pair of glasses that contains all the components of a Smartphone. I couldn’t even really imagine it until I saw the video below. Check out what these little babies can do:
Holy Project Glass. I want a pair!!! Chris Velazco of TechCrunch.com reports,
“After weeks of speculation and rumors, Google has officially pulled back the curtain on what they have come to call Project Glass — a pair of augmented reality glasses that seek to provide users real-time information right in front of their eyes.
“We think technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t,” wrote Babak Parviz, Steve Lee, and Sebastian Thrun, three Google employees who are part of the Google X skunkworks. “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input.”
Something tells me that they won’t be hurting for feedback.
To call these things glasses may be a bit of a stretch —early rumors noted that glasses bore a striking resemblance to a pair of Oakley Thumps, but the demo images on Project Glass’s Google+ page (one of which can be seen above) don’t look a thing like them. Rather, they appear to be constructed of a solid metal band that runs across the brow line, with a small heads-up display mounted on the right side.
The New York Times‘ Nick Bilton, who broke the Project Glass story today, went on to say that the prototype model seen in the images is just one of the potential designs currently in testing. Among others, one of the potential designs for Project Glass is (thankfully) meant to be attached to a person’s existing pair of glasses.”
To read the rest of Velazco’s article about the incredible features of Google’s virtual-reality glasses click here.
Safe to say that Google has one-upped Siri? All I know is I cannot wait to try out these wonder glasses! They’re still in the testing stage, so it sounds like it could take awhile til they reach the general public. But that’s okay… I have a feeling they will be worth the wait.