Google unveils "Project Glass" to the world

Google unveils "Project Glass" to the world
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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95 Comments

95. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

awesome!

87. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What will really get my attention is if these glasses get paired up with Majel, Google's possible voice recognition/AI. If that happens, we could be looking at a new age of computing. Think about it: you wear a pair of glasses that project an entire computer system at your fingertips. Maybe it's linked by bluetooth to your smartphone, with a built in earpiece and microphone. Armed with Majel, you never have to actually pull out your smartphone (and eventually the system's size is reduced enough to fit in the glasses alone). Then the system is also paired with a projection system built into a node that's on the bridge of your nose. One which projects a laser keyboard. You don't need a projected display because it's right in front of your eyes. It's great to see these concepts haven't been given up on; I remember a commercial for a wearable computer about a decade ago showing a stock broker using the system. For years I wondered what happened to it and why the concept hadn't caught on. However, I think now the technology needed has caught up enough that we can start picking this up for real again.

77. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Apple's executives are in their cavern right now thinking of how to sue.

68. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now this is awesome idea. love to get myself one of those pears. just wondering how they recieve maps and locations without a sim card. just hope it gets to us consumers real soon. BUY ONE when they ever release it!

66. xrody12424

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Does that mean everyone has to start wearing glasses now?

65. jkapster

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

LOL, come on krApple, where you at? Wait...lemme guess...you already came up with this idea, and now you want to sue?! bahahaha! ;)

64. GeckoHA559

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Next thing you know, they will give you adverts in the upper right/left corner based on what you see with your own eyes when your not browsing the web. I'm starting to dislike Google.

63. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

This would be great if you could put lenses on them and then use them for actual glasses.

60. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

How the interface works is what is intriguing to me, will it be able to work on normal eyeglasses and sunglasses. Sure it looks a bit clunky from that photo but obviously it is going to go through some revisions before it lands and probably be much better looking and less noticeable. This is innovative technology to me as it looks totally hands free and completely voice and eye activated, Google is making some neat things. Lets hope the rest of the tech community continues to innovate in the coming days, weeks, months and years.

51. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Looks fairly cool, but I know that I wont be getting/using one. I'm sure that Google can make it, but I hope that they get it done before Apple does.

49. CellieCell

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

i knew this was coming, i remember reading an artilce awhile back http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2375416,00.asp and then not long ago i found that they've launched the recon ski goggles http://www.reconinstruments.com and now this! i can't wait to get mine :)

46. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this proves that there are both iSh33p and DroidSh33p i hope the bickering stops once this is released...

45. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

the googlightning stranger!

44. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

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

40. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

need this now

33. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 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

31. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 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?

30. Virile

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 01, 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.

28. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

22. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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...

26. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

29. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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...

21. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 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!.

25. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

20. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

15. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

32. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 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

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

93. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

81. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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