Project Glass augmented reality video is not merely a concept, AR features worked on after all

Project Glass augmented reality video is not merely a concept, AR features worked on after all
Google’s Project Glass stirred excitement from its first appearance. And no wonder - it comes with the revolutionary promise to become the first wearable smart display available to the masses. But with the passing of time, Google itself was forced to admit that it’s still too early to tell what the actual features will be, casting doubt over the initial hope of augmented reality glasses. Instead, the simple functions like the camera were said to be getting the most excited looks.

Now, though, Google Project Glass product lead Steve Lee clarifies that he hopes the UI and AR features shown in the first video (you can rewatch it below) will actually end up on the final device.

"We definitely didn't put out that video with the intention of it being some futuristic video that's many, many years away," Lee said.

We’ve seen awesome camera samples from Project Glass, showing just how many opportunities for images open up if you don’t have to reach out to your pocket for a camera or a phone. Lee confirmed that Google is working hard on the photographic component of the glasses, and that already is good news.

And finally, the product lead stressed that Google is on a tight clock on this: "If it can't be done in a reasonable time frame, then nothing else really matters." Just yesterday, we saw Google’s Sergey Brin say that Project Glass could make it to retail shelves “sometime next year.”

source: Fast Company

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25 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Google glasses married to telephony and the Internet.... If it is patented, the iFolks in Cupertino will be a-screaming.

2. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

Its a great idea but I don't see it going "mainstream" and selling ten million units or anything like that.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Probably not for the first couple years. Once the technology's progressed far enough to make them actually look like legit glasses, and they get some deals with major glasses-manufacturers, I could see this taking off.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Have a deal with Ray Ban to design the glasses and throw them in MIB4 for major product placement as "alien technology". Boom, millions sold over night.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the first generation, probably not. But as they figure out how to streamline it and make it super functional, yea I see it being a possible massive seller. think of it this way. It looks like it can do most of what you use a basic smartphone for, which is the vast majority of people's uses. camera, text, call, navigation, social services, ect. If your not a heavy internet user or gamer, these would be awesome. And if they pair that with a price of like 200 bux off contract, they would potentially sell quite a bit.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

voice navigation tech better be well beyond anything out today to work that flawlessly, especially while walking out in the noisy streets with others around. Maybe thats the true intentions of "Majel". If they can get it to work just like that, i would buy one in a heart beat (as long as the glasses weren't too stupid looking)

8. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

I was thinking the same thing. With no screen or buttons the voice recognitions needs to be perfect. Plus that HUD needs to crystal clear and HD. Some of the new transperant displays seem to have promise. I really hope that the technology is there and the concept isn't "too soon" and then gets abandoned for a decade.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if you look at the glasses, it seems to have a refractory crystal of some sort at the top of the right lens. So its not a "clear display" as much as its a HUD. I could be wrong, but thats what it looks like to me. My grandpas Cadillac in the 90s had a HUD display in it. Was pretty cool.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This isn't even v. 0.1 of the concept. Check back in maybe 5 years, and Google glasses could be the hottest thing around.

9. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

It would look weird, talking to nobody. But awesome device IMO.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

we already do that with blutooth.. lol.

16. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

That would be obvious, not like those glasses which not much people know about.

10. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I feel a lot of negativity coming through the comments on the this topic.... Google is putting out something new and innovating…. Yet majority have been quick to say “gimmick” or “bad idea”. Would the comments be the same if there was an Apple logo on the side of the glasses?

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What are you talking about? Every comment here has been a varying degree of praise.

11. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yes the comments would be the same. I don't see the comments as negative but cautiously optimistic. Just because something is "new and innovating" doesn't mean its good or ready for the market. The Newton had an Apple logo and it sucked but look where we are nearly twenty years later.

12. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The Newton was released before Apple had a mass cult following, so not much of an argument there.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Despite the naysayers, I think Project Glass will be a hit. I know that I'll do my best to be first in line for a pair. I've been called a geek all my life anyway, might as well go all out. ;)

19. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

its reasonable for people to doubt the success of it tho... not downing the technology the demo of it was awesome! but thats just one person using it... can you imagine a street or room full of people talking to themselves trying to do everyday cell phone functions on a pair of glasses? ok lets say it DOES become super popular right? this type of technology could eliminate the use of cell phones all together... is that what we really want? i'm not ready for that yet... maybe in 2020...

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes. f**k. Yes. I am so ready to have something so convenient and well integrated with my life. Why do you think bluetooths are popular? They replace the need to have the phone at our ear for calling. I've wanted something like this ever since I saw a commercial for a wearable PC almost a decade ago, as a kid.

22. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you guys have good points...lol i guess for me i'm creating that "draw the line" concept when it comes to phone technology... we still haven't fully maximized everything we can innovate in the phones we have today. we still have the majority amount of people that still dont know that their iphone/android device is a "smartphone" just dont see this as a big hit at this present moment 2013-14 i would hate for google to release it next year and it flops. but i do talk to my phone from time to time...haha

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

as far as "everyone doing".. .they already are. whats the actual difference between talking to your glasses or talking to a plastic box you keep in your pocket? or a lil piece you keep in your ear? Its all the same, it just looks different. We all already look like a bunch of schizos having conversations with invisible voices. lol.

18. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

reminds me of dragonball z power level scanners. lol

23. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I know I will buy a pair!

24. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I'm curious as to how it will handle things like editing text, browsing, zooming, battery life, or where the hell the battery will be in he first place if they plan to not look stupid. I think this would be a great extension to smartphones. A sort of Bluetooth Hud. Another great idea would be to use the camera to display a sort of 3d display that you can manipulate with your hands via augmented reality. Then again, if talking to you're glasses is stupid, gesturing in mid air will definitely make you look nuts. Especially if the glasses look like regular specs.

25. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

good post... the end part was funny haha!!!... +1

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