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article imageGoogle announces testing on new augmented-reality glasses

By R. Francis Rubio     Apr 5, 2012 in Technology
Google announced Wednesday that it has begun testing on its newest venture called "Project Glass." The futuristic glasses will allow users to access information in real-time literally right before their eyes.
The prototype version of the glasses look like something right out of a sci-fi movie. “We think technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t,” wrote three Google employees working on the project.
Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun, part of Google X Skunkworks explained the timing of the announcement, writing “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input," and asked “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 New York Times quoted one person in an article Wednesday that had already tested the new glasses, the person said to the Times, “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.”
The right side mounted small heads-up display will also let you view among other things real-time weather, transit reports and if you get lost it will even give you directions to your destination.
Further applications will allow the user to send voice activated messages and display locations of nearby friends.
Although not for sale as of yet, Google does have plans to test the glasses in public very soon.
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