Google Inc. has unveiled its long-rumored augmented reality glasses officially named ‘Project Glass,’ gaining a lead position in the fast-growing business known as wearable computing.
The futuristic glasses, which are still in the experimental stage, will place a tiny transparent screen above the user’s eye that can display maps and other data. These glasses come from the same team that develops self-driven cars.
The Google Glasses will use the user’s voice to display directions, snap photos or even initiate video chat.
The prototype glasses were unveiled last Wednesday on the company’s social networking site Google+. These are still under development and are not yet available in stores.
“We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” wrote Google wrote in a post on a page devoted to Project Glass.
The company says that it is collecting feedback from users regarding the project. The post contains photos of people wearing the glasses. The Google+ page also features a short video shot from the wearer’s perspective, where he walks through the streets of New York City while using the glasses to take photos and post it to Google+, get a notification when a friend is around, and get weather updates and directions.
According to a report by the New York Times, Google will test prototypes in a few months and is still unclear whether we can see the final product by the end of the year.