Google shows off augmented reality glasses
Project Glass gets first public airing
TechLife | 05 Apr 2012 :
Wearable technology could be about to hit the mainstream with Google's official unveiling of Project Glass. Previously dubbed 'Google Goggles' by followers of the project over the last few months, the Android-powered headset links to a smartphone and acts as a heads-up display for smartphone funtions.
In a blog post project leaders Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun wrote that they were releasing information about Glass in order to "start a conversation" about what direction it should take.
The headset itself relies on gesture control, eyeball tracking and voice control and has an integrated camera for capturing images and acts as a heads-up display delivering information in real time.
Unlike concept pitcures that had circulated on the Internet showing 'goggles' as a refitted pair of Oakley Thump wraparound sunglasses, Google's effort consists of a headband with one see-through lens over the right eye.