Google Working On High Tech, Augmented Reality Glasses

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Is Google trying to kill us?

That’s the question some New Yorkers might be asking after seeing the video that outlines Google’s vision for the future.

The company has unveiled “Project Glass.” It has in mind building glasses that essentially function as a heads-up display. According to the video, the glasses would project turn-by-turn directions, notify you when you receive emails, alert you to nearby friends, take photos and video chat.

That’s a lot of information to handle when you’re just trying to walk down a crowded city street – let alone trying to cross it.

“We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t,” Google said. “A team with our Google[x] group started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.”

The video suggests how the glasses might work.

Apparently tilting your head up would bring up the time, weather and any incoming messages or reminders you may have.

The video suggests you’d be able to send a text message simply by speaking.

You would also get an indicator when you are nearby certain landmarks. The video depicts a notification popping up as the wearer nears a 6 subway stop – including an alert that service has been temporarily suspended. The glasses would also provide a map function to suggest alternate routes. The glasses would also provide turn by turn directions. You can also “check in” at locations using them.

You’d be able to instantly snap a shot from the glasses and share it online. In addition, you might also be also to stream live video from your glasses of what you’re seeing.

What do you think of the concept? Sound off in our comments section below.

  • neil jim

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  • Big People

    I would never buy anything directly from Google — They have the WORSE customer service.

  • Mari N

    BAD BAD idea. It interfers with your vision. All the more reason to get distracted while driving. Until Google can safely drive people;s cars this sh-it should not be on the market

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  • Jedediah

    This will be a boon to the handless. The model looks like a hot version of Reese Witherspoon: yum.

    • Bob

      U like

  • GoogleGoggle

    Obviously this device is not for Joe Consumer, who can barely walk and chew gum at the same time, or is still trying to figure out what a smartphone is. There are many cases where this device would be useful, but I’m sure there will also be those “elite” few who will manage to use it for less than ideal conditions ( insert person who makes a right turn into a brick wall, following GPS instructions). And while most people claim that they can multi-task, this device will not be for them, due to the level of intelligence needed to use it while actually multi-tasking..

    • Joe Consumer 3

      Are you saying that we should all get our IQ tested, and we should only get the product if our IQ is above 190? According to that logic, google is gonna makes billions with this product!!! (that was sarcasm (for those who didn’t understand due to their inferior IQ))

    • Joe Consumer 2

      Not sure if that comment was to get a rise out of most people, but if you were serious, your arrogance is staggering.

    • Joe Consumer

      Thanks for your assessment. We can all only strive to be as technologically proficient as you… one day.


  • javid akbar

    still not good for driving. it basicly relaxes your hand from using the smart phone but will still distract you. more people will be bumping int o you. good for thieves to spot you

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