April 6, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Google wants to put the world’s information in front of you – directly in front of you. Earlier this week, the company confirmed that it is developing an augmented reality platform that would be based in a pair of glasses. “Project Glass,” as its currently known, is still in development, but it is an ambitious venture that will enable an always-on method of communication.
A promotional video showcased some of the ways in which Project Glass could be useful someday. Get incoming notifications and respond with voice commands, see the weather or a schedule, check-in or post to Google+, take pictures, control music playback, and even start a video chat. All impressive stuff, even if we might not see it tomorrow.
Though the One Day video is a concept that shows we’re far away from seeing Project Glass mass-produced, it might not be as far away as we think. Google co-founder Sergey Brin was spotted at a charity event last night wearing the prototype. And before you scoff at the awkward geekery of the way it looks, it’s a prototype.
Robert Scoble joked that a light flashed when he Brin saw him, so it might have been a Google+ profile label or a PR rep telling Brin to say nothing. Jokes aside, the concept of Project Glass is intriguing and could bring us all closer to having a more sophisticated use of AR in the future.
Before you go, here’s a look at a parody of concept (NSFW) that might lend credence to the people against Project Glass.