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Google Launches Augmented Reality Glasses In Beta

The search giant is now live testing their AR concept glasses that seamlessly integrate smartphone technology into daily life.

Jeremy D. Williams
Jeremy D. Williams on April 4, 2012. @jeremydwill

Google has began rolling out prototypes of their augmented reality glasses to employees through a somewhat secret initiative called Project Glass. The prototype, pictured above, is the company’s first venture into wearable computing. The wrap-around glasses feature a see-through lens that can stream everything from the weather to maps to text messages, in real-time. The glasses can record video, take pictures and the device sends and receives messages through voice commands.

Employees from the company laboratory, Google X, are asking people for input about the prototype of Project Glass via Google Plus:

We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass

The prototype model has debunked early rumors that the glasses would resemble a pair of Oakley Thumps, but this is just one of the many variations of the glasses in the works. There has also been speculation that the glasses would interfere with people’s daily life too much but according to the New York Times writer, Nick Bilton:

One person who had used the glasses said: ‘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.

A brief demo video, shown below, follows a guy going about his day using the augmented reality glasses:

Project Glass

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