It’s well-known that all Googlers are brainiacs, but the Google X team represents the cream of the crop: some of the most elite programmers and thinkers in the company are handpicked for Google X, which is tasked with some of the most innovative projects Google outputs. The most recent manifestation of Google X’s collective brilliance? Project Glass, Google’s attempt at augmented reality glasses.
Last month, we reported that the Terminator-style glasses would soon bring the future to your face, but today, Google officially announced the project on Google+, complete with a video demonstrating how the high tech specs work.
In the video, a dude goes about a typical day–making coffee, eating a sandwich, catching the subway–all with the help of his Google glasses. When he looks outside, the glasses display the weather. When he looks at the subway, they tell him that 6 train service is suspended. When someone pings him, he responds to their message simply by speaking. (Hip New York spots like Strand and the MUD truck also get a shout out.)
The glasses are so intensely futuristic that we have a hard time wrapping our heads around them. They remind us of Sixth Sense, an augmented reality program demo’d at TED in 2009. That project was far from being ready to market to the consumer, but Google seems a bit closer to making augmented reality an actual reality.
“A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment,” reads the Google+ post. “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.”
Technology is moving so damn fast these days! Next we’ll all be destroying the New York Times with our faces. As esteemed Betabeat reporter Nitasha Tiku lamented, “I seriously want to smash my iPad every time I hear about these glasses.”