Google's 'Project Glass' is a glimpse at the future; Augmented Reality HUD for the real world
How do you feel about having a Heads-Up-Display in the real world?
Ladies and Gentlemen…meet "Project Glass." It's Google's new Augmented Reality technology, and it's very, very cool. Currently, the glasses consist of a nearly-transparent video screen which transmits real-time information directly in front of the user's eye, allowing them to receive contextual and on-demand info about their location, the weather, and their schedule. They also feature voice control, and a function that basically gives you a waypoint arrow guiding you to your destination, the ability to share photos, take phone calls, and enter into something called 'view share' which shows, in real-time, what you're looking at.
This, right here? This is the sort of technology only seen in video games, and it's jumping right off the digital screen and into our day to day lives. There are some pretty incredible implications to this product, and it's got the potential to make for some awesome gaming experiences, to boot – look up heatmaps while you're playing, examine strategies on the fly, get tips about what to do and where to go in-game… to say nothing of the kinds of games that could be made just featuring the glasses.
Now, perhaps we're extrapolating a little too much here, but I think it's safe to say that this might well be the first step in true virtual reality. And that, my friends, is downright amazing.
Source: Project Glass on Google+
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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