TEL AVIV, Israel-- Google Goggles may have only been a figurative name for the firm’s image recognition app, but the unveiling of Project Glass, could make real Google glasses a reality someday.
The search engine giant announced Project Glass on its social network, Google Plus, showing off pictures and even a concept video of the augmented reality eye-wear that could eventually create a digital overlay on top of people’s visual reality.
The concept is for the glasses to give wearers a smart-phone like experience without a smartphone.
The concept pictures posted by the team show glasses frames with a small display screen fitted in front of one eye, which would be able to overlay information and be activated by voice control.
“We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t,” wrote the concept developers.
“A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.”
The developers said they were sharing the project online because they wanted to start a conversation around the concept that would lead to “valuable input.”
Google is not the first firm to think of augmented reality glasses, however. In 2008, Apple filed a patent for a similar concept. Despite seemingly being beaten to the patent, though, Google’s engineers may have some aces still up their sleeves, with talk of turning the concept into contact lenses through bio-nanotechnology.