In Google’s Project Glass augmented reality technology, we’re seeing things only usually showcased conceptually, and having recently made its first television appearance, our inner geek is captivated by this project, which the Google Glass team reckons to be the natural progression of today’s technologies.
The very first high-definition video taken by project glass has now surfaced online. If you’re uninitiated with the technology, you may be far from riveted by the video, so perhaps a little background information is in order. It takes the features we’ve become accustomed to with smartphones such as the camera, social networking and communication, and packs them into a pair of sci-fi-like glasses. Google is working on it becoming a voice activated gadget, complete with line-of-sight icons that can be touched through thin air, and while it all sounds a little James Bond, Robocop, or [enter popular futuristic gadget-themed movie here], this is a real project in development – not just something to drool over like many of the wonderful concepts we’ve been treated to in the past.
The HD video, which is shot in 720p, is a short clip from the eye of somebody performing somersaults on a trampoline. It’s not particularly spectacular on its own, but the ability to shoot videos and images so nonchalantly using spectacles is certainly exciting
Whether the glasses make the fashion statement of most of today’s smartphones is subjective, although personally, I would like to see Google strike a deal with Ray Ban or Oakley when the project finally does reach consumers – whenever that may be.
While Siri and now S-Voice have only just really begun bringing voice-activation to the masses, Project Glass seems a much more apt device from which the power of recognizing voice commands can be displayed.
The possibilities of Project glass could be more than game-changing. Imagine driving around in your car and your Google Glasses offering turn-by-turn navigation in the corner of your eye courtesy of Maps? Or playing your favorite game without the need to hold the device – like a Kinect sensor?
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