We had to check it wasn’t April 1 for this one – a group from the Google X Labs has debuted Project Glass, based around a pair of Augmented Reality glasses.
With seemingly a prototype already out there – is the pics aren’t pure renders – Google must have been working on these AR glasses for a while, but this is the first time Google X Labs has talked about it in public. A Google page for Project Glass has been launched, along with a video showing how it’ll work – which you can watch below.
The glasses place a little transparent display in front of your right eye, dropping a user interface into your field of vision. It’ll give you access to key Google services including Google , Music, Maps and Calendar. And all for the price of – your dignity. Like video glasses, they won’t help you blend into the background. Google’s demo photos don’t feature glass lenses either, making it all the clearer that these aren’t everyday glasses. Rumoured to cost between £300 and £500, they’re in high-end smartphone territory.
However, it’s likely to be some time before any of us non-Google-acolytes get to see them in the flesh. Project Glass is a proof of concept, something intended to “start a conversation” about what this technology could mean in the future – rather than an announcement about some Star Trek-like tech you’ll see on shelves before the year’s out. Strange as they may look and expensive as they may be, we’d love to try a pair out. How about you?
Google X Lab is a special part of Google that fiddles with all sorts of odd technology concepts, to try and uncover ones that might be worth taking further. And identify ones that aren’t, too. Other X Lab classics include the self-driving car and the space elevator.