Google has released their concept augmented reality glasses, coined ‘Project Glass’. The fundamental idea of the technology, Google says, “is to work for you, to be there when you need them, to get out of your way when you don’t”. The team from Google X Labs have produced a video which gives a sneak peak at the capabilities of the soon-to-be glasses.
Google co-founder and übergeek, Sergey Brin is apparently heavily involved in Googles X Labs, known best for their work on the self-driving car.
“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,” Google said in a statement, ”We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input.”
Implied features include; voice-controlled interaction, live public transport information, maps of shopping centres, camera and video calling. Apple patented similar technology in 2008 and there are doubts from industry professionals as to how soon the technology will truly be ready. Google hopes to have the glasses on sale by the end of the year, pricing is a bit sketchy, retailing from $US250 to $US600.
STEVE MAHAN – Legally Blind – DRIVES AUTONOMOUS GOOGLE CAR!?
The above Youtube video of – legally blind – Steve Mahan driving Google’s autonomous car has scored over 1.2 million views since being posted on March 27 this year. Matt Campbaell from Fairfax has a clued in piece of copy: ‘Blind Man Takes Drivers Seat’
Google announced their self-driving car project in 2010 to make driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient. Having safely completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, “We wanted to share one of their favorite moments. Here’s Steve, who joined us for a special drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel in a whole new way. We organized this test as a technical experiment, but we think it’s also a promising look at what autonomous technology may one day deliver if rigorous technology and safety standards can be met.” Google.