If you saw a person walk down the street with a small monitor over one of their eyes, seemingly talking to themselves, would you think you had just stepped into a Doctor Who plot where the Cybermen were taking over our minds one by one? Where’s the Doctor when you need him?
Don’t worry, this isn’t a science fiction plot. The brilliant minds at Google have been working on an augmented reality head-mounted display these past few years so that such a sight could possibly become a natural occurrence. Dubbed “Project Glass,” Google has intended to bring us to the next level of hands free technology which incorporates all the expectations of modern smartphone users, including voice commands, into a single pair of eyeglasses.
Although the idea for a display like this has been discussed for a while, this seems to be the first large scale project ready for roll-out. Its prototype, which co-founder Sergey Brin has been spotted walking around wearing, resembles a pair of lensless glasses with a heads-up display which would show in reality maps, messages, and other things that can be accessed via the internet. It will also have the ability to take pictures and video, and upload them to various websites.
As we eagerly await the glasses to hit the shelves for us normal consumers, we have to think: at what cost will we use these glasses? Will it come to the point where we don’t see the real world anymore because everyone wears these displays at all time so that we never have to carry a laptop around again? Will we lose our love for nature because who needs it if we can be on the internet 24-7? Right now, it seems that it wouldn’t encompass every aspect of the internet, however, how long would it take before it does and our lives are consumed by it. Even as I ask these questions, there is no doubt: If I can afford it, I will definitely buy one.
For you IT professionals out there, these things may be the ultimate thin client. The bad news is, they would probably only plug in with the Google infrastructure.
Check out the video below and at this link:
- Google Gets Transparent With Glass, Its Augmented Reality Project (adafruit.com)
- Sergey Brin Finally Lets Someone Else Wear Google Glass (gizmodo.com.au)
- Google’s Project Glass prototype spotted in the wild, on Sergey Brin (theverge.com)
- Project Glass reveals non-speech control as outsider tries headset (slashgear.com)
- Google Project Glass: Augmented Reality Headgear [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story (slashgear.com)
- Google Glasses First Look: Would You Wear These Augmented Reality Specs? (gizmodo.com.au)