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Google unveils "Project Glass" to the world

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We’ve been hearing for some time now that Google was working on real-life “Google Goggles” deep in their secret Google X labs, and today Google has decided to unveil the project to the world. There’s no product announcement yet, but Google did release several photographs of what the product “may look like” when it’s ready for release.  Presumably they don’t want fashion divas harping on their glasses before they come up with a final design.

Google also made a nice POV video to show off how they envision their Android powered glasses working. Much of it looks plausible – Google Maps integration and navigation seems obvious, as does taking snapshots and sharing them on a social network. The ability to make video calls would be neat, although it’s not clear what caller on the other end would see (they show the “user” sharing the view through his glasses, but what does the caller see before that?).

In a way this is also the public coming out party for Google[x] (as it is written on the Google+ page). Google[x] has been reported on in the past, but the company has refrained from commenting so far. Perhaps now that Google is outing their skunk works labs we will see more frequent updates from them on what is brewing in the land where Google develops shoot-for-the-moon projects.

If the video catches you fancy, check out the source link below, as the Project Glass team is actively soliciting feedback. If successful, we could be in for a whole new type of mobile device.



source: Google via Droid-Life

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posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:01 18

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Looks awesome. :)

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:21 3

41. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Looks stupid to me.

#pipebomb

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 15:05 22

50. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Until there is an Apple logo slapped on it. Then you'd say...BRILLIANT!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 15:38 11

54. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 819; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


So true.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 20:36 6

72. Synack (Posts: 640; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


LIGHTYEARS ahead of Apple.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 21:09 1

76. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


but hes wolly eyes cant see that...
He needs a shave!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 21:45 2

79. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


On the stupidity meter, yeah.

#pipebomb

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:04 27

2. androidoholic (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Now this is Innovation.....take a look Apple, Microsoft, and everyone else. This is how the big boys do it.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:29 7

9. HGMIV (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


So Apple and Microsoft aren't "big boys?"

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:47 16

13. androidoholic (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Not when it comes to innovation. They are big players in the game, but they don't innovate too much. At least not in my opinion.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:28 9

23. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Your right,Apple innovation ended with the iphone 3g,the 3g$ albeit a good phone was the start of the apple innovation stagnation and the being of the current incremental changes structure

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:34 10

27. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


so the ipad was just a run-of-the mill product? i mean not like it created a whole new technology segment or anything...

and the macbook air? didnt that start the whole ultrabook thing?

and these glasses look amazing... especially if they get directly linked to smartphones for a great experience-- might make it easier too

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:07 10

35. superguy (Posts: 268; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


It didn't create a whole new segment. Tablets were out long before that - like 2003. They just weren't ready for mass acceptance yet.

Apple tried with iPad - pretty much the iPhone Bigger® and like anything Apple, people went nuts for it.

It may have reinvigorated a segment many thought was dead, but I wouldn't say it was innovative.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:50 1

47. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


but that is what innovation is... producing something for everyone that has new tech in it... and the ipad did that

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:09 8

36. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The ipad is essentially an large ipod touch so in essence didn't take too much innovation. Even while looking at the ipad models the 'innovation' each year between models certainly has been minimal. The only main new feature of this years 'new' ipad being a better screen supplied by samsung.

Tablets actually were around and designed long before the ipad,just apple had an ifan base that would buy simply anything apple produced and even though they already had ipods and iphone they hungrily bought the next 'different' apple product no matter how much similar it was to the current apple products they owned.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:14 2

38. matthewtylerhickman (Posts: 11; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


haha whoa we posted like same comment at the same time 0.o be careful, google is watching you

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:24 1

43. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Great minds think alike!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:09 5

37. matthewtylerhickman (Posts: 11; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Don't get me wrong, I love the design and clean look of apple products/ease of use. But when it comes to specs, they just can't compete with the other companies rolling out quad core cpu's in phones and tablets with 64 core video cards... And for the money on a new macbook, you can get 2 ultrabooks with BETTER SPECS. and more versatility.
Apple doesn't really innovate though... EXCUSE ME, they did innovate with the invention of the iPod, but mostly they just refine. Adroid touch-screen phones were out before the iphone. Laptops and all-in-ones existed before apples computer line up.
TABLETS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS LONG BEFORE THE IPAD WAS RELEASED... THIS WHAT CONFUSES THE HELL OUT OF ME. I HAD A TABLET IN 2004... IT WAS A 12 INCH HP LAPTOP THAT THE SCREEN FLIPPED AROUND AND IT HAD A STYLUS. TABLETS ARE NOTHING NEW. AND THE IPAD IS AN OVERPRICED, GLORIFIED IPOD.

GOOGLE on the other hand, innovates like crazy. AND MOST OF THEIR STUFF IS FREE! Like back in 2000, how many people owned a GPS... very few. And google not only had already started their map project, but they took the game to a whole new level. something years ahead of its time... THEY CAME UP WITH STREETVIEW & SATELLITE VIEW... And this was all free to the general public.

GOOGLE OWNS ALL

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:58 2

48. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


seriously? their dual core chip with quad core graphics performs better than anything on the market... how is that not keeping up? having more numbers doesnt mean best...

did u really just say android touch screen phones were out before the iphone? please dont embarrass urself..

yes there were tablets... but they were not great... at all... thats like saying oh there are ski goggles and heads up displays that do what google is doing, but its still considered innovation because they are redoing and making the tech better

and yes it basically is a larger ipod... just like android tabs are larger android phones... its what its supposed to be-- then there are tablets that can run full oses.. but at the moment those are crap so the industry standard is mobile os

oh did google really come up with the statelite and mapping technology? really? no-- they made it avaliable to the public though.. hm.. kinda like apple

funny how u say very few people own a gps but google makes them (which they dont but ill say they do) and delivers them to the public so its innovation, but if apple does that with tabs god forbid

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:30 5

24. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'd agree that apple doesn't innovate much anymore (evolve, sure, but not innovate), but seeing what Microsoft has done time after time with updating its software, core products, and operating systems for computers and mobile, there's no way one could say they're not innovative.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:38 1

80. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple doesnt innovate, but leave MS out of that statement. They have had labs for years and have developed all sorts of crazy stuff. They have been working on a paint that can have changing images of your choice in it like a giant picture/TV. MS's labs have been well documented.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:22 3

42. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Oh I can already imagine the names - Google Vision. Google See. Google Eyes. Google Spy, like Android allows people to do to our info. Google Sight. Google Glasses.

#lame

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 15:24 3

53. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Well atleast its much better than ur prison world....
U are sentenced to life in prison with no parole
enjoy ur restrictions.....

#dimwit

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 16:25 4

58. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


iVision iSee iEyes iSpy iSight iGlasses

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 19:57

71. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


plus point for you androidholic

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:05 14

3. joaolx (Posts: 333; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Looks incredible. Hope to hear more about it. go google

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:32 2

10. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Google rules,Joao. Hey,that's my name too!!!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:17

39. jsjakesaid (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


I would actually prefer if it was an add on to your smartphone. As you can;t have a 100% sudden switch over of technology.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 10:34

94. joaolx (Posts: 333; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I would prefer too. Just a question, they say it's for video chat also,but where will the camera be for other people to see me, for example. And as an add-on to our smartphone it could be cheaper for them and us. Looking forward.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:16 3

4. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Absolutely fantastic! Keep up the good work google!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:16 2

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It reminds me EPSON MOVERIO BT-100.
Here is some videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCf1NydYWNY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PsSlypEHhI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IygGIYYTTmc

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:19 6

6. HGMIV (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I'm happy to see Google actually innovating again instead of trying to jump on the bandwagon with gimmicks a little too late like they did with G+, Google Music, and now the cloud service they're trying to put out.

As far as reaction to the video itself, I love the idea of in-store navigation. I'm sure the larger big box chains would get in on this.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:20 5

7. 714reyesj (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


That's sick

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:24 8

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Awesome!!! Eat it,Apple!!! Now,that's innovation for you!!!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:32 2

11. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


At first, I thought 'this is weird'. UnTIL I saw the 'Monsieur ***nor' (?) poster... o.0
Then I laughed. But really, this is neat.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:41 5

12. kylehudsons (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


OK... this is freakin awesome...
1 problem, how will u control it... Brain Waves??

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:54 5

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It probably reads your eye movements. For instance he had to look up to get the menu, & also when things like notifications popped up his eyes locked on to the notification thus opening it.

I think that is how it works. I could be 100% wrong though. To me this is innovation & like I always have preached the Google X team is working on some sexy funky things.

Apple's days of innovation are clearly over, the guys at Google X are brainstorming crazy sh*t. If this is out of the closed, imagine the stuff they are working on right now that is TOP SECRET!

I am going bonkers thinking about it!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:57 3

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Sorry I meant closet. lol I type too fast on my phone! Could not edit in time!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:57 2

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


As I understand, voice.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:00 2

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes I forgot that also. I think it's a combination of BOTH voice & eye movement!

+1 for you my good sir!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:03 2

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, I also forgot about eye movements. :)

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 12:55 2

15. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


There are some rumours that Nokia is working on same similar project aswell.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:57 2

32. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I think Nokia's Morph Phone Concept that is capable of being a phone and a Hand band is much more trendier than a One Eyed Pirate Though its amazing and appreciable technology by Guys @ Google.

AFTER LOOKING @ THE POSTER ABOVE I GOT TO REMIND MY CHILDHOOD FAV. CARTOON ""'DRAGON BALL Z""". :-p

Like I said the Google's Goggle technology is amazing but doesnt seem to be practice enough as you might wanna take it off from your eye but a Hand Band Nokia Morph that is Bendable, Fashion Accessory, Water Resistant. But practically I dont see Goggle thing to be that practically right...?

Pls share your views I Guess Its a hot debate that I just touched :-P

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:04 3

34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I think that Nokia's "Morph" and Google's "Project Glass" is two different things, of course they can be compared, but they shouldn't be. At least it is mine opinion.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:37

93. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


yea, but i meant another Nokia's project:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGwvZWyLiBU&feature=player_embedded

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:39 1

81. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you are thinking short term. the first generation or 2 will probably be very obvious or borg like.

What about 3-5 generations down the line? Then they will look like every day glasses that u probably couldnt tell from regular ones. 6 generations down they are sold at every eye doctor's office and walmart and are commonplace.

The future is awesome.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 04:56 1

88. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:08 6

20. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


If you thought people talking on bluetooth headsets were kind of weird just you wait....

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:13 4

21. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I hope Apple is taking note b/c google just showed Apple whos the boss around here. Ever since they came out with the new ipad , which is the most disgusting name for a 3rd gen flagship tablet in the history of tablets. I still dont understand why they didnt call it the ipad 3. They arent Innovative anymore . Eat it Apple!.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:32 5

25. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Don't you worry, apple will steal the tech. market it as iGlasses next year, claim they invented it, sue google, charge thrice as much, and it will sell out all over. Thus apples circle of s*** completes itself.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:15 1

22. good2great (Posts: 1033; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


whats so funny is if the article said apple created this... the same people that are bragging would be hating...

either way this is awesome!

glad we live in an era where people are taking risks to create futuristic products...

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:34 4

26. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Most of the apple-dislikers on this site tend to be fairly openminded about actual innovation or improvements. For instance, You don't see them bashing the display quality of the new ipad, but they'll harp on its heat, battery, and connectivity issues. The apple flag-wavers though, with a few exceptions, tend to be extremely vehement that anything, ANYTHING, non-apple is awful and destined to failure and not revolutionary or magical enough, when they're similarly blinded about their hero company not doing what others are to keep themselves afload long-term. I see apple (and its cult) as the next RIM, too full of its own hubris to keep up with the long-term trends.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:49

29. good2great (Posts: 1033; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


apple has been long term for quite sometime...

android is definitely making a name for itself now tho... not because of high end devices but because its becoming a household name as apple has... i agree that the openmindedness to innovation is what separates the two companies and in the next 2 to 5 years android will be the top mobile company... the more options they give all buyers the better... metroPCS BoostMobile to Verizon and ATT android phones are on the shelves... poor people and wealthy people have choice and recognize that android can do the same things iphones can... i think thats what makes android shine the most... not because of a transformer prime or a SGS3...

the point of my previous comment is that people HATE/LOVE things to the far left and right... never an in between... or respect...

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:47 1

28. jaytai0106 (Posts: 799; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


it does look amazing and promising. However, I am not sure if it will be in the market anytime soon :/ Would like to own one though :D

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:49 3

30. Virile (Posts: 38; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Most apple users annoy the f*** out of me, though i am a user myself. (wow sounds like im a drug junkie or something haha)

With Steve Jobs gone apple will fall drasticly since i believe no one else in that company can pull something innovated as this from their minds.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 13:53 1

31. hunted (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i know about microsoft has this kind of project, i read that in PA only. But i dont remember the name, is that a different one?

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:03 3

33. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I think Nokia's Morph Phone Concept that is capable of being a phone and a Hand band is much more trendier than a One Eyed Pirate Though its amazing and appreciable technology by Guys @ Google.

AFTER LOOKING @ THE POSTER ABOVE I GOT TO REMIND MY CHILDHOOD FAV. CARTOON ""'DRAGON BALL Z""". :-p

Like I said the Google's Goggle technology is amazing but doesnt seem to be practice enough as you might wanna take it off from your eye but a Hand Band Nokia Morph that is Bendable, Fashion Accessory, Water Resistant. But practically I dont see Goggle thing to be that practically right...?

Pls share your views I Guess Its a hot debate that I just touched :-P

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:19 1

40. phones522 (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


need this now

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:36

44. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


I've seen this coming.I hope they make designer style glasses for them.It a aalternative to bluetooth.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 14:40

45. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


the googlightning stranger!

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