First Google got into phones, now it has its sights set on eyewear. It’s posted a video demonstrating augmented reality glasses, dubbed Project Glass. The lensless glasses have a display in the corner which digitally superimposes things like weather stats, text messages, map directions, subway alerts, calendar reminders, and of course Google+.
“A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment,” the post states. “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.”
Like most commercials, the product is oversold says Pranav Mistry, an MIT Media Lab researcher and one of the inventors of the SixthSense wearable computing system. “The small screen seen in the photos cannot give the experience the video is showing,” explains Mistry. “Current HUDs utilize a fixed lens distance of two feet. For true augmented reality, the display would have to dynamically focus, which would require additional hardware on the glasses to read your eye.”
Even if Google could get the glasses work as advertised, it would create an information overload that would literally be comical:
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