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4/5/2012 02:29 PM EDT
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swohler   4/5/2012 3:00:51 PM
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It's a cool concept but Project Glass will have to get away from an antenna near the temple region if they don't want users concerned about SAR from wireless components. Also, based on that form factor, it will be fairly difficult to design all of the electronics into the device without investing in custom ASICs. Power supplies (including battery), wireless devices with EMI shielding, a processor, storage, audio and video codecs + analog interfacing. It will be a challenging design task for sure. Maybe some variant of the DaVinci processors would do the trick?

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rick merritt   4/6/2012 3:55:52 PM
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I agree that there are really hard and fascinating design challenges in battery, semiconductor, display and voice recognition technology to make this viable. It may be a 10-20 year stretch goal.

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chanj0   4/5/2012 5:32:43 PM
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Fascinating concept! The user may see something different from what the video shows given the form factor. I am really interested in knowing how comfortable wearing it. In addition to the technical challenges, the distraction to the user needs to be accessed properly. Cell phone talking while driving is already proven to impose dangerous to the road. I don't know how well people interact to the environment with multiple screens in front of them. Maybe, assisted driving and assisted walking will help.

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Robotics Developer   4/5/2012 8:19:48 PM
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Neat idea! I wonder how long it will take before they stereo it and allow users to download and watch videos. I would think that gamers would like this as an added view for 3d gaming..

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t.alex   4/5/2012 9:07:33 PM
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How does this work actually?

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CPG   4/5/2012 9:49:59 PM
I would hope that the things turn off while someone is driving a motor vehicle or aircraft, or while performing neurosurgery. May we assume that the device includes short-range terrain analysis to keep wearers from falling down open sewers or stairwells?

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MeirG   4/7/2012 10:26:57 AM
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Au contraire! Neurosurgeons might in fact have a previously taken CT or MRI image of a tumor superimposed on the actually opened cranium to aid in the removal of it. Similarly with the aircraft's data superimposed on the scene and changing based on where the eyes are looking: "is it a friend or a foe at 5 o'clock?"

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Brakeshoe   4/11/2012 6:05:12 PM
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Actually, neurosurgeons work looking through a microscope.

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pbolenbaugh476   4/6/2012 3:16:18 PM
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This resembles the MIThril project from the late '90s -- Google "mithril glasses" -- only with bigger databases, better AI, and more compact hardware. I expect to run into a lot of well-informed, distracted people in the near future -- pun intended.

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selinz   4/6/2012 6:58:42 PM
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It's hard to believe that 2008 would be first attempt to patent this concept. Remember that Google now owns 50+ years for Motorola patents.

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selinz   4/6/2012 7:00:07 PM
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Also, when I saw those specs, I assumed that they were short range wirelessly connected to some device being worn by the user. Thus, SAR concerns would be no different that a cell phone with a bluetooth tranceiver.

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t.alex   4/6/2012 10:39:55 PM
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Seems the device can project content into the eye..

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goafrit   4/6/2012 11:55:22 PM
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Apple and Facebook will wake up one day and they are obsolete in all their ideas. who needs iphone if I can have google eyes? this is interesting!

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t.alex   4/8/2012 1:56:04 AM
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Yeh i am am quite eager to see the prototype.

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DrQuine   4/7/2012 10:22:13 PM
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Reading / interacting with unrelated digital display information is incompatible with maintaining situational awareness as you walk (or drive) through a complex environment. Perhaps we need to ensure that people have paused before providing additional information. IF the information relates to the task at hand, such as a "heads-up" display in an aircraft, then it may enhance rather than hamper safety and efficiency. We must prevent people concentrating on their Googles Glasses from stepping out in front of trucks.

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GREAT-Terry   4/9/2012 10:03:59 AM
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Cool concept! Just wonder how long we need to wait before seeing a real product.

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t.alex   4/9/2012 10:07:39 PM
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In the recent news, one of the co-founders has been testing the prototype.

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MindTech   4/9/2012 2:58:35 PM
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Google is literally making my dreams come true. I've worn glasses all my life, and I've been dreaming of a smart heads-up display system built into my glasses since I was 7. The only feature that this concept demo was missing was facial recognition. I'm terrible at names, but I'd love to be able to look at someone and get a name and quick info dump on them. It would make parties, conferences, and life in general easier. I want this now. I've wanted this for years.

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Shetty.Shyam   4/12/2012 8:24:34 AM
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Optimize,Inc., a company based in CA had developed and commercialized this technology way back in year 2000-2001. Their glasses were used by surgeons to conduct endoscopic surgery. Sadly, the company went belly-up during the downturn.

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t.alex   4/12/2012 10:45:49 PM
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Were their glasses perform similar function? i.e. project some content to human eyes.

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yar   7/31/2012 11:19:29 AM
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pity, it seems that this gadget cannot appear on some countries market, e.g. in Ukraine – unauthorized audio/video shooting is prohibited by our laws.. even bying/selling of harmless China-made toys like pens with built-in microphones/video-recorders is prosecuted(

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Patricia Perkins   2/21/2013 5:39:44 AM
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racksjackson   3/18/2013 10:39:06 AM
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Google eye!!!!!
racksjackson   9/17/2013 2:59:36 AM
I heard about is before but due to some reason I could not see it yet how its work or how to use this divice for different prescription eyewear brands

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