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Google tests glasses that provide real-time information

United States America,Science/Tech, Thu, 05 Apr 2012 IANS

San Francisco, April 5 (IANS) Google has announced test of its "Project Glass", a pair of augmented reality glasses that provides users real-time information right in front of their eyes.


In a blogpost shared on Google Plus, the Project Glass team from Google X, a secret Google research lab working on future technologies like a space elevator, Wednesday asked people for input, posting several design photos of the glasses and a demo video to show what the glasses might enable users to do.


Rather than a pair of traditional glasses, the augmented reality glasses is a solid metal band running across the brow line with a small heads-up display on the right side, reported Xinhua.



According to the demo video, a man walks around the streets in New York City, checking and sending text messages with friends, seeing maps as well as information, taking pictures and video chatting via the glasses by voice control.



The New York Times first reported the Project Glass in February. It said at the time that the glasses was expected to go on sale later this year. But a report from Wired magazine said that Project Glass is still more of a concept than an actual product and won't see an official release in the near future.


According to the newspaper's tech blog Bits, people who have seen Project Glass said there is a misconception that the glasses will interfere with people's daily life too much, but the glasses actually free people up from technology.


"They let technology get out of your way. If I want to take a picture I don't have to reach into my pocket and take out my phone; I just press a button at the top of the glasses and that's it," one person who has used the glasses told Bits.


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