Real-Life Google Eye Glasses and Goggles Coming Soon?
How would you feel about wearing a heads-up display? Or an Android-powered pair of glasses? Google already has the prototype up and working, according to the New York Times. What will it bring to the masses, and more importantly, does this have implications beyond the consumer space? Here’s a few thoughts…
Say you’re walking through New York City, taking a look at Ground Zero, and suddenly 3D projections of where the Twin Towers once stood are illuminated in front of you. They’re not real, you’re just wearing Google’s new heads-up-display glasses.
Apparently, these aren’t far off in the future, they’re just sequestered away in Google’s super-secret Google X labs. Think of it as DARPA for Google. That’s not a stretch, either, because according to the New York Times, Google isn’t just tweaking their Google glasses prototype, they’re working on advanced robots and “space elevators.”
But back to the glasses. The New York Times claims…
The glasses will use [Android and] will be equipped with GPS and motion sensors. They will also contain a camera and audio inputs and outputs…Several people who have seen the glasses, but who are not allowed to speak publicly about them, said that the location information was a major feature of the glasses. Through the built-in camera on the glasses, Google will be able to stream images to its rack computers and return augmented reality information to the person wearing them.
Google, which has never had an issue with beta testing on the general public, wants to launch the glasses sometime later in 2012, according to those same anonymous sources. Google is hoping users will wear the glasses when they need to, but not constantly, because the New York Times goes into considerable detail about how strange users look when wearing the glasses and interacting with the augmented related in front of them.
Outside walking tours and museum guidance, I’m not sure if I’d actually use these. But I have a feeling this isn’t the point of Google’s glasses. They’re a starting point for a more advanced technology to come and they’re the catalyst for the general public warming up to the idea of a personal heads-up-display.
Call me when they’re inside contacts.
But there are deeper implication to these glasses — one that may even fit the channel. Heads-up displays are especially helpful in environments where situational awareness is vital and there exists more information that can reliably be remembered. Consider if nurses in hospitals wore such devices. They could glance at patient and suddenly have access to key patient information, including vitals. Nurses could even use such a device to keep track of their own vitals.
If I wore them, I’d be interested in their applications during driving, not walking. I’d want a more accurate readout of my speed, more granular information about mileage and engine status, and real-time traffic information based on my destination. If I wore them in a city, I’d want a constant update on the nearest subways in my area and their approximate arrival times. I’d also want an illuminated instead of turn-by-turn directions.
It’s too soon to tell if and when these glasses will reach that level of sophistication, but I think seeing will be believing whenever Google unleashes these from the Google X lab.