Google has given us our first glimpse at Project Glass, their augmented-reality glasses. Surprisingly enough, these aren’t anywhere near as hideous as I was expecting:
Of course, it helps that they have fashion models showing it off. You can check out a (smoke and mirrors) demo video after the cut.
The walking GPS navigation is a fantastic idea, and I really think Heads Up Displays are where that technology is heading. An overlay that turned the road you were supposed to walk down blue or something would be awesome. And the scene where the user took a photo of the exact thing they were looking at was really, really cool.
One thing I’d like to see built into this? Facial recognition. You walk up to someone you’ve met before, it scans their face, and tells you their name. That would be perfect for people who meet a lot of folks for business, or those of us who just have crap memories for names.
And there’s a lot more that could be done with something like this. Scan a bar code and get product info. Look at a menu item and get nutrition info. Automated walking tours. These things have the potential to be really cool.