- 11 April 2012
- By John Howell
Google's Project Glass demo has been one of the most captivating this year. Their augmented-reality glasses have a tiny screen above the right eye that flashes up information to the user. The wearer can make video conference calls, get map directions, weather reports, finds books, friends and products, and even jot down notes and take photos as they walk.
With voice recognition and a sophisticated mobile AI to make it all work, the wrap around glasses (without lenses) could easily have appeared in the latest high tech science fiction thriller. Making the wearer look a bit like Robocop or a mild version of The Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation (only mildly assimilated), Google have outdone themselves with this one. If even half the features in the Project Glass demo make it into stores, I'll be lining up to buy a pair.
While the potential is mind blowing, Google's new project has also inspired some wonderful parodies. The number of extremely funny send ups of their original YouTube demo is growing daily. Check out the videos at the end of this article for a taste. If you haven't watched the original Google Glasses demo, watch it first, then follow it up with the three videos below.
Can't wait to try Project Glass out in the real world. We should be augmenting reality before the end of this year.
Original Google Glasses demo
Google Glasses if released by Microsoft Windows
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