Friday, April 6, 2012

A glimpse of Google's 'Project Glass'

See directions to your destination. Talk to friends over video chat. Take a photo. Shop. Anything else you need to do. You can make those without using a handheld gadget.

Search giant Google gave a glimpse of prototype "Project Glass", its futuristic research and development Internet-connected glasses aimed to build an augmented reality head-mounted display, or HMD.

Basically, these glasses can do anything your smartphone or tablet computer could do.

In a blog post and video, Google showed a man going about his day with the guidance of his virtual friend. He was able to check the temperature by just looking out the window, remind him of his appointments while sipping a cup of coffee, take a photo of a wall mural and share it to his Circles. All these wearing just a glass device.

The prototype version looked like a very polished pair of wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits just above the eye. The glasses can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands.

The technology was pioneered in Massachusetts, and was actually developed decades ago. It was the company's first venture to wearable computing.

"Project Glass" is one of many projects currently being built inside the Google X offices, a secretive run by Google, and is thought to be located Mountain View, California, where engineers and scientists are also working on robots and space elevators.

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