We first heard rumours about Google’s augmented reality glasses a few months ago, and now in a post on Google Plus, the company has revealed some of its ideas for the project including some prototype designs. These specs look like the freaky science fiction concept they are. Would you wear them, though?
Watch this video of what the world would look like from behind these glasses. It’s like Iron Man, except instead of important world-saving information, you’re answering your friend’s text messages and learning about delays on the train. The Google[x] team that’s working on the project says they’ve opened it up to the public to solicit ideas about what people actually want from a set of augmented reality specs.
From what we can see in the video, Google Glasses basically seem like a smartphone notification system that allows you to respond to notifications in with your voice. Without actually trying the glasses on, the experience seems like something not only useful, but enjoyable. People might actually wear them if they can get over how nerdy they look.
And the glasses look very nerdy indeed! Google rounded up some pretty hip-looking kids to model the prototypes, and man they really are not cool-looking. Instead of something out of visionary sci-fi, the glasses look like what the nerds buried in basement laboratories wear — and not in the good way. But remember, these are only prototypes. Plus, if the functionality of the glasses is incredible, it won’t matter one bit how they look. If the rumours hold up, and Google plans to have these out by Christmas, we’ll know by the end of the year. [Google+ via New York Times]