Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Google's augmented reality project.


The Google[X] guys just published an interesting post on Google+ where detailed Project Glass, the rumored augmented reality glasses that allegedly were to be based on Android but which finally appear to be something much more ambitious. As you can see in the video, this is a device with the appearance of conventional glasses but without glass "riding" a layer between our eyes and the world where are going to show all kinds of information.

It is important to note that it is an experimental project, although in the next months will be an open a public test phase and the plans to commercialize them at the end of this year or in 2013. Many of the things that appear in the video may seem very futuristic, but it is interesting to see how some of the technologies promoted as the maps inside the tent, are already available.

On the other hand, the type of direct relationship between the person who takes them and control through it, the voice is also significant. It is almost automatic thinking about competition, Google Siri project is called Majel. These glasses could be part of the strategy of Google to compete against Siri and obviously we will see it integrated somehow in Android technology. Of course,this type of control was think to become something much, much beyond Siri, where users not only can interact in a natural way with the device, but on a permanent basis the device interacts with him, also based on another revealing concept: invisible interfaces.

An invisible interface is something that is always there, but you don't see because you do not really need to control. Siri is a good example of this, these glasses, rather than invisible would be an overlapping interface. As they describe some of the people who have been able to prove it, the interesting thing about Glass Project is as it eliminates the need for many devices, for example a camera, a mobile phone or even a GPS. Babak Parviz, one of the maintainers of the project also works in nanobiotechnology contact lenses that also implement a layer of augmented reality that is placed between the user and what the user perceives, expanded, or rather increased, with the information that provide.

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