You’ve probably heard the rumors about Google glasses — the specs that would, Terminator-style, give wearers an opportunity to enhance their world with the power of the Web as they go through their day. Well, Google gave folks a preview of their “Project Glass” Wednesday, posting it on (where else?) Google Plus.The glasses, to be clear, are still in testing and not available for sale
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. 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.
The glasses, as seen in the design photos Google provided, could consist of a silverish band that wraps around the forehead and a slim white (or black) band that rests just over the right eye containing the small view finder. Nose pads also extend from the silver band, keeping the device in place. Unlike traditional glasses, they do not cover both eyes.
While the photos show what the device looks like, the video shows what it could potentially display, including Google Maps and turn-by-turn directions as you’re walking. The hypothetical user in the video tours a book store, asking the device where the music section is and to remind him to buy concert tickets (Siri, anyone?). The glasses could also allow the user to check in at various locations and serve as a meeting reminder. At one point in the video the user says, “Music, stop” to pause an MP3 player before taking a video call.
But, so far, this is all still Google’s vision. The company indicates that it is extremely unlikely the glasses will be sold before the end of the year.