Patented on October 26 2011, Project Glass has yet to truly be unveiled to the public. Since then we have only caught glimpses of what could be the future of augmented reality, starting with this photograph that was live taken during Sebastian Thurn interview with Charlie Rose.
After that Google has been testing these with their employees, asking them to take photograph and even videos with the glasses during their day to day life. On their Google+ page you can see many of the pictures would have been extremely difficult without a hands-free device.
Sebastian Thurn’s philosophy on Project Glass is simple: technology that is there when you and out of the way when you don’t. A philosophy that is clearly demonstrated in this conceptual video: One Day… released by Google. In the video it shows seamless integration of Google’s other apps such as: Maps, Calendar, Contacts, Plus, & Places.
Of course haters are going to hate, and a spoof video was released shortly afterwards. At least its not Keiichi Matsuda’s ad-ridden version of an augmented the future. But to be honest Google’s “One Day…” video seems to still be a distant future for Project Glass. While we are in the dark about how exactly these glasses will work and what they are capable of, one thing is for sure, the current bulky prototype doesn’t even look cool on professional models.
What I am most curious about is how exactly the eyeball will be able to focus on a glass that is so close to it (assuming there is a HUD at all).