Have you heard about Google’s latest project—this one for augmented reality glasses? The project is called Project Glass, and the Internet giant is seeking ideas for the project.
The augmented reality glasses would be a head-up display—we’ve seen ideas for these for years—that could let you know things like appointments, street directions, outside temperature in little windows that pop up on glasses we’d all presumably walk around with. You could have video chats in tiny windows on the glasses, and speak voice commands to take pictures or get information on subjects of interest. Check out the video for what such a technology might look like.
“We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” Google wrote in a post on Google+. “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.”
The idea seems very cool and convenient. But would you wear something like this, and could such technology someday replace smartphones? Would all those info bubbles and friend screens popping up be a huge distraction? Would use of the glasses have to be outlawed while driving a car? And I can’t help but wonder what it would do to our eyes.
The idea also reminds me of Corning’s Day Made of Glass videos that envision creating tablet and smartphone-like glass surfaces everywhere—only Google’s augmented reality glasses would do so on a smaller scale.
With many people reluctant to wear even 3D glasses to watch movies, I have to wonder if something like this would catch on. What do you think? Would you wear glasses like these? And by the time they’re developed, would we even need them?
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.