April 5, 2012

Augmented Reality Glasses - A Reality?

Google has unveiled its designs for "augmented reality glasses", which layer emails, video chat, Google searches and GPS directions over the wearer's eyes.

The glasses, which are voice-controlled, are a product of the Google X blue-sky ideas lab. As currently designed, they have a horizontal frame that rests on a wearer's nose, with a wider strip of computer and a little clear display on the right side. The glasses don't cover the whole eye; it seems like the wearer has to look up to engage with the display.

Google glasses

Google glasses

Google glasses

Google put out a video of how the prototype works. In it the wearer gets directions, takes pictures and conducts video chats all through his glasses.

Google said: "We think technology should work for you - to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

"We're sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do."

So what do you think? A reality or just a dream for now?