Buzzing about Google Glass

by jonl on April 11, 2012

Sergey Brin wearing "Google Glass"

Much ado about Google Glass since the augmented reality-enabled eyewear (potential) product was announced in a video a few days ago.

Will Powell in the UK built his own alpha version of the enhanced glasses, just to show that it could (sort of) be done, demonstrated in this video:

He says he “created a version using a pair of Vuzix Glasses, Microsoft HD Webcams, mic headset and dragon naturally speaking. Using these combined pieces of hardware I was able to get the head mounted display and voice recognition.”

Interviewed by Geekwire, Randall Sprague of Innovega had several issues with the structure of the product as presented in the video, and as worn in public by Sergey Brin (see above). He summarizes by saying “I’m suspicious that this is all really meant as a cosmetic model more than a functional model. Generally the near-eye display industry would avoid [the various issues he notes] as not a good design choice. So I think the primary function was show.”

Interviewed by CNet, Pranav Mistry says “The small screen seen in the photos cannot give the experience the video is showing,” and Blair MacIntyre says “You could not do AR with a display like this. The small field of view, and placement off to the side, would result in an experience where the content is rarely on the display and hard to discover and interact with. But it’s a fine size and structure for a small head-up display.”

What matters, we suppose, is getting some juice for the concept. Real-world applications will follow if the vision is established with some degree of credibility.

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