Google’s research and development team dubbed ‘Google X Lab’, are testing their latest innovation that’s set to change the smartphone market.
Called the “Google GLASS” project, the head mounted display (HMD) device doubles as a smartphone, attaching directly to your own glasses.
Incorporating a tiny screen and using voice activated commands on Google’s own Android operating system; the gadget can do all the things a normal phone can.
But don’t leap out of your seats too quickly because tests are currently limited to the USA only, and those applicants accepted will have to pay $1500 (£995) simply to take part.
Internet celebrity and producer of online news series’ The Phillip DeFranco Show, Phillip Franchini said: “I’m still going to apply. I want it and I want it now!”
In one promotional video, the device automatically tells the user that the train station he is about to enter is experiencing delays, then suggests a quicker route with GPS mapping all displayed right in front of your eyes.
We have seen an increase of autonomous technologies in recent years, such as the application of rival company Apple’s Siri function and GPS mapping becoming part of our daily lives.
Motorola Solutions, not to be confused with the handset maker Motorola Mobility who is owned by Google, are currently testing similar technology with their HC1 headset.
General reaction of the technology has been relatively limited to the Internet, and has been positive. However, there have been some criticisms.
Dan Seitz’s article for uproxx.com reports that the project “inspires mistrust”. He speaks about how users could covertly record video and audio.
He writes: “How much would you trust somebody who, on first meeting, shoves a camcorder in your face?”
YouTube user DartanionLondon’s video “How Guys Will Use Google Glass”, which received over 2 million views, does exactly this, showing him ruining a date because of Google Glass distracting him.
In its usual parody fashion, YouTube has many users making videos, using the idea of covertly recording video.
Another, by user stuntbear, entitled “St. Patricks Day [through Google Glass]” received 500,000 views showing his unfortunate celebrations. The video can be seen below.
In a press event last June, Google showed a live Google+ Hangout between them and several skydivers who parachuted in to the event, all caught on video with working prototypes.
With over 8 months since the last major presentation, the world will be on its toes for the next glimpse of this technology.
Google’s previous projects have included the self-explanatory driverless car technology and the “Brain Project” whereby they’re attempting to map the workings of the human brain.
Will we all look a fool talking to our glasses? Or will we take to Google Glass the way we took to other smartphones? Hopefully we won’t have much longer to find out!
All facts and figures were correct at the time of writing.