Google isn’t just a search engine company. They do a lot of R&D stuff and one of the most intriguing projects they are working on right now has to be the Project Glass program. Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented realityhead-mounted display (HMD). Basically, Project Glass aims to deliver smartphone like functionality to user’s eyes directly via an eyewear while interacting using natural language voice commands.
As of now, Project Glass is being developed at Google X Lab, which is also working on other fascinating technologies such as self-driving cars. Google had previously showed off a video rendering the functionalities such a device could deliver, but since then nothing much has been heard from Google about the same. Project Glass was one of the most interesting announcements of 2012, and it surely deserves that kind of attention because that’s exactly what sci-fi movies predict future to be like. Wearable computers are not so distant, and after several months of silence, we have got an update on Google Glass from an official source.
The update comes from Babak Parviz, who spoke to Spectrum IEEE about the project. If you don’t know who he is, in 2010, Babak Parviz was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington when Google recruited him to work on wearable-computing technologies and lead its Google Glass project.
Parviz brings us good news, and the news is that Google is indeed working hard in order to perfect the hardware and software of the device, and as the search engine giant promised at the Google I/O 2012, they will be shipping the wearable computer to developers in early 2013. The developer’s version (Google Glass Explorer Edition) will cost $1500 USD whereas consumer version is expected to ship later this year.
This is what Parviz had to say:
“We constantly try out new ideas of how this platform can be used. There’s a lot of experimentation going on at all times in Google,” Parviz said. “We’re also trying to make the platform more robust. This includes making the hardware more robust and the software more robust, so we can ship it to developers early this year.”
Other interesting information which the Project Glass chief revealed was that Google has no plans of bringing ads to the wearable computer at the moment. It’s a bit surprising since ads brings most of the revenue to Google, but according to Parviz, Augmented Reality is also a bit out of focus, though Google will certainly think of some way to derive profit out of this device when it is available on a mass scale.
Parviz revealed that in its current form, the device has a touch pad which will allow users to input data easily, while Google is also working hard on polishing the voice commands and head gestures. Google may also include calling functionality in the device, which is pretty interesting. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comment section below.
Source: IEEE Spectrum