Google unveils its ‘web based’ reality eyewear
A video posted on Google+ social network gives a brief introduction to Project Glasses, which puts all the functions of Google right in front of the user’s eyes.
The images in the video show a minimalist design with a microphone and partly transparent video screen that places information over the view from the users’ right eye.
The product’s developers said they wanted feedback on the idea.
They did not give any indication about when the device might go on sale or what it would cost.
“A group of us… started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment,” the BBC quoted a statement from Google X, the firm’s experimental lab as saying.
“We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” it said.
The video suggests icons offering 14 different services will be offered to the user when the glasses are first put on, including information about the weather, their location and diary appointments.
It appears that several of these services are either triggered by an action taken by the user or the situation they are in.
The film shows one user being reminded he has a date that evening when he looks up at a blank wall, and then warns him that there is a 10 percent chance it will rain when he looks out of the window.
An alert pops up when a friend sends a text asking if he wants to meet up later in the day. When the user dictates a reply a microphone symbol is superimposed over much of his view.
Other functions include Google Maps showing a route to the wearer’s destination with small arrows keeping him on track, the ability to take a photo of what he is looking at with an option to share it with friends, and a video conference service.
The glasses are also shown to allow music and other audio to be heard, although they do not appear to include earphones.
There had been a lot of speculation about the project with some reports describing it as an “open secret”, but this is the first time Google has confirmed details of what it was working on.
The New York Times had previously suggested that the first set of glasses would go on sale before the end of the year for somewhere between 250-600 dollars (157-378 pounds), but experts say that the technology shown in the video may still be some way off being ready for market. (