Yesterday Google went public with its plans to offer augmented-reality glasses, which it’s calling Project Glass. In the concept video they released, the glasses interacts with what you’re seeing and saying, provides many features of a smartphone including a planner, navigation system, camera and more.
They made a previous announcement that these glasses would be available by the end of the year, but now say that these will not ship in 2012. I am very skeptical about the first release of these glasses living up to the concept video. Even though the Google[x] team states, “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do”, I know that if it doesn’t do almost exactly what they showed, there will be some upset people in the blogosphere. I hope that Google delivers or I feel that the hype that will build around these glasses could hurt the idea of AR glasses in the future. Guess they had to do something to get a +1 on Apple.
Funny how it hasn’t taken long for others to create scenarios of how Google’s AR glasses may change the way we live and view the world.