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Google’s “Project Glass” To Offer Limited Augmented Reality Experience, At First

by Todd Haselton | May 15, 2012May 15, 2012 1:30 pm PDT

Google Glasses

A secret lab inside Google called Google X has been working on a now public project called “Project Glass,” otherwise known as “Google Glasses.” The research group first published a look at the technology earlier this year, during which we were treated to a wonderfully futuristic view into what’s possible with augmented reality. In an interview with CNET, however, Google said that the first model of its Google Glasses will offer a much more limited experience that will allow users to perform basic functions, such as photo sharing.

The original teaser video showed an entire overlay over the user’s line of site, but that’s also been scaled back quite a bit. Google X Lab founder Sebastian Thrun said that Google Glasses actually only provides information in a small area that’s “about where the edge of an umbrella might be.” In other words, there won’t be maps and text messages and phone calls popping up in front of you as you try to walk down the street… yet, anyway.

“It’s still too early to know what the functions and UI will be,” CNET was told in an interview, but Google’s employees say the “simple interactions… are making people the most excited.” Google employees can now be seen wearing the glasses out in public, so the secret is out, and Sebastian Thrun has also posted a couple of photos to the group’s Google+ page. CNET said it will still be a “while” before consumers will be able to get their hands on the glasses but didn’t provide a timeframe.

[via CNET]

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...