Google Augmented Reality Glasses
April 6, 2012 by staff
Google Augmented Reality Glasses, Google has given the world a glimpse of its vision for letting people look at life through internet-tinted glasses.
Google has offered a look at a previously secret project to develop internet-connected glasses, staking out a lead position in a futuristic and fast-growing area known as wearable computing.
The glasses, which are still in a prototype stage, would place a small see-through display screen above a person’s eye that can show maps and other data.
The wearer could use voice commands to, say, pull up directions or send a message to a friend. Apple, a major Google rival, is also reportedly working on wearable computers.
In April 2008, the company filed a patent for a head-mounted display system that showed glasses with screens.
But Google has amassed some of the leading experts in this field within Google X, a company lab responsible for such projects that was also something of a company secret before Wednesday.
Richard W. DeVaul, a former Apple engineer who specialises in wearable computers, left that company last year to join Google X.
According to DeVaul’s website, he is now a “rapid evaluator,” working in a team at Google run by Astro Teller, who specialises in artificial intelligence and wearable devices.
Another Google employee, Babak Parviz, who is also an associate professor at the University of Washington, specialises in bio-nanotechnology, the fusion of biology and technology focused on manipulating atoms and molecules.
He most recently built a contact lens with embedded electronics that form a miniature display — raising the possibility that Project Glass, as Google is calling the eyeglass effort, could become Project Contact Lens at some point.
“This puts Google out in front of Apple; they are a long ways ahead at this point,” said Michael Liebhold, a senior researcher specialising in wearable computing at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California.
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