Report: Google Glasses Will Be Lamer Than Promised

Remember the incredible Google Glasses promo video? The one promising us an ultra-futuristic augmented reality UI for our everyday lives? Science fiction cum reality! Well, it's not going to be as cool as we were promised. Le sigh.

CNET paid a visit to Google only to find that Google's initial promo video may have exaggerated the way the information would be displayed on Google Glasses. Instead of a "terminator-style" full-view overlay like the one in the video, the currently popular prototype for the glasses will display information just slightly above the eye.

While Google+ chief Vic Gundotra didn't say much about the Glasses during an interview this morning, a later discussion with another spokesperson confirmed that the popular prototype model, as seen on Gundotra as well as Google X Lab founder Sebastian Thrun in a Charlie Rose interview, shows information above the wearer's usual line of sight, "about where the edge of an umbrella might be."


As CNET points out, this scaled-back approach might make more sense from both a technological and practical perspective. And in fairness, all of the prototype images we've seen show that the glasses don't cover your whole field of view. But it's still hard not to be a little disappointed. [CNET]



    That takes me from "OMG GET ON MY FACE" to "Meh. Might ask for it as a Chrissy present...not worth my money".

    "Science fiction cum reality!"

      It is really

    gotta admit, Geordi's looks a hell of a lot more comfortable than that poor woman on the left. Her nose!

      Doesn't look like it sits on your face any differently to glasses?

        i wear glasses, and my nose pads sure don't sit in my tear ducts like hers.

          She also looks like she has an extremely narrow bridge of her nose. Do you?

    So is this what "pulling-the-plug" looks like. Has me thinking the whole Google glasses exercise has been 90% marketing and 10% not-actually-cool-tech-but-if-the-hype-gets-us-some-contracts-then-we'll-actually-research-how-to-do-the-cool-bit

      it's a prototype...

    'Report: Google Glasses Will Be more practical' I fixed the typo in your heading =)

      Yes, I don't think I quite understand the problem here. This seems far more sensible.

        Yes, it's possibly more practical. But... because it can't overlay your field of view, it basically provides all the utility of a phone, in the dorkiest possible way.

    Would the information only being sent to one eye like the prototype above cause lazy eye issues like the emo hair thread yesterday?

    um, given the shots of the glasses and how they are expected to work. i thought it would be obvious that this would be above the line of sight to avoid the fail videos that were made shortly after the release

      all you have to do is look at the picture, the screen is almost level with her eyebrow! And I'll bet the screen can't display anything too impressive. Still, I they seem a device straight from scifi, I hope they get the time they need to become awesome.

    While I like the concept, I wouldn't have bought a pair even if they performed exactly like the ones in the demo video. However, if Google can sign up companies like Ray Ban, Oakley, etc and have this concept embedded into full size sunnies that I wouldn't be embarassed to be seen in, I'd definitely buy into it.

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