It wasnt so long ago that legions of people began walking the streets,talking to themselves. On closer inspection,many of them turned out to be wearing tiny earpieces that connected wirelessly to their smartphones.
Thats because later this year,Google is expected to start selling eyeglasses that will project information,entertainment and,this being a Google product,advertisements onto the lenses. The glasses are not being designed to be worn constantly although Google engineers expect some users will wear them a lot but will be more like smartphones,used when needed,with the lenses serving as a kind of see-through computer monitor.
It will look very strange to onlookers when people are wearing these glasses, said William Brinkman,graduate director of the computer science and software engineering department at Miami University in Oxford,Ohio. You will see bizarre body language as people duck or dodge around virtual things. Brinkmans students had experimented on their own with virtual games and obstacle courses. It looks really weird to outsiders when you watch people navigate these spaces, he said.
They have not seen the Google glasses. Few people have,because they are being built in the Google X offices,a secretive laboratory near Googles main Mountain View campus.
The glasses will use the same Android software that powers Android smartphones and tablets. Like smartphones and tablets,the glasses will be equipped with GPS and motion sensors. They will also contain a camera and audio inputs and outputs. Several people who have seen the glasses said that the location information was a major feature. Through the built-in camera on the glasses,Google will be able to stream images to its rack computers and return augmented reality information to the wearer.