Google to publicly test augmented reality glasses again

Google AR glasses prototype

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Google will test augmented reality prototypes in public spaces, the company said. Blog Post on Tuesday.

Some prototypes will look like regular glasses and will be equipped with microphones and cameras, as well as transparent displays.

The new glasses are not yet a product and not available to the general public, but Google wants to test applications such as real-time translation or showing the user’s direction inside the lenses of the glasses, especially in environments such as busy intersections.

The tests represent a significant advance in Google’s development of augmented reality, a technology that many in Silicon Valley believe could be a major shift in computing like the smartphone and PC before it. Augmented reality superimposes computer-generated images on the real world, unlike virtual reality, which completely immerses the viewer in an artificial world or “metaverse”.

By announcing plans for public testing, Google is also trying to get ahead of the privacy concerns that helped sink Google Glass, one of the first augmented reality devices, nearly a decade ago.

Google Glass was equipped with a front-facing camera, and critics worried that users could record people without their permission. Point holders received derogatory nicknameand in 2014 said the woman with the glasses she was attacked in a San Francisco bar. After all, Google repurposed the glasses to focus on business customers rather than consumers.

“It’s early now and we want to get it right, so we’re taking it slowly, with a focus on protecting the privacy of testers and the people around them,” Google product manager Juston Payne wrote in a blog post about the new product.

“These research prototypes look like regular glasses, have an in-lens display and audio and visual sensors such as a microphone and camera,” Google said in a statement. on the support page about testing.

The device is equipped with an LED light that turns on when the glasses are recording image data. Google says the glasses will not record video or take photos for users to store and view, but they can capture and use image data to perform functions such as identifying objects or giving directions. Testers will not be wearing the glasses in schools, government buildings, medical facilities, churches, protests, or other sensitive locations, Google said. Testing will be conducted by “a few dozen Googlers and selected trusted testers” somewhere in the US.

Google unveiled its augmented reality glasses at the developer conference in May with a focus on real-time speech translation, so that a person can see the translation of a foreign language before their eyes. One of the employees of Google during the presentation called the glasses “subtitles for the world.”

Google competes fiercely with other tech giants including Apple, Metaas well as Microsoft to create the first next-generation augmented reality glasses. All four companies have invested billions in augmented reality software and hardware, hoping for a breakthrough that will enable a new computing platform, but the current products have yet to catch on.

“The magic really comes to life when you can use them in the real world without getting in the way of technology,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Apple reportedly in preparation announce a mixed reality headset as early as next year. Meta has announced the release of an advanced mixed reality headset that supports augmented reality features. later this year. Hololens from Microsoft – the most advanced equipment for augmented reality on sale from a major technology company at the moment.