The new Google Glasses are on the way. The company is based in Mountain View. In the newsroom signed by Juston Payne, the manager, has announced the beginning of the experimentation on a selected group of users of the new glasses for augmented reality.
The new Google Glasses – says Google – resemble the common improved glasses with many smart features that can be used in everyday life.
The big G tries to move forward on a sector that seems to have remained in the cellar, forgotten, and covered by dust. Now everyone is talking only about the Metaverse.
Although, there are those who have not forgotten the potential of augmented reality.
POTENTIAL OF AUGMENTED REALITY
Augmented Reality is not a new technology. Its first appearance dates back to the 1960s, when Ivan Sutherland, then a computer science student at MIT, developed the “Sword of Damocles.”
It was a viewer that allowed digital information to be superimposed on real objects and environments. Sutherland described it as “The third human eye”, able to extend the perception of man beyond the limits of natural sight.
Although augmented reality is a technology that dates back more than 50 years, its development has been limited until the last few years due to the lack of adequate hardware.
In the last ten years, the advent of smartphones and mobile applications has allowed rapid development of Augmented Reality, giving rise to a new market of start-ups and innovative projects.
HOW CAN THEY BE USEFUL TODAY?
Today Augmented Reality is a technology that can be used in many fields.
In the entertainment sector, for example, more and more games take advantage of this technology to offer a gaming experience never seen before.
In the military and space fields, on the other hand, Augmented Reality has been used for some time to train pilots and astronauts, superimposing digital information on real scenarios.
Industry is also discovering the advantages of Augmented Reality, exploiting it for the maintenance of complex machinery and remote assistance.
Finally, the medical sector is also starting to experiment with this technology, from support to surgery to student training.
The limits of Augmented Reality are only found in our imagination.
GOOGLE GLASS: THE BEGINNINGS AND THE PROTOTYPE
In 2012, Google launched the challenge to all Augmented Reality developers, giving away a million dollars for anyone who managed to create the best Augmented Reality project based on Google Glass glasses.
Thus was born the social AR app “Word Lens,” which allows you to translate words written in a foreign language in real-time.
The app was downloaded by over 500,000 users and allowed Google to collect feedback and ideas for the development of the new glasses.
Google launched the first smart glasses, Google Glass, initially for developers in 2013. It then made them available to all US residents in 2014 and later available more widely, in the UK, at a price of £ 1000.
Subsequently, Google closed the project for civil purposes and assigned the Google Glass to the professional environment, with the “Glass at Work” program.
In 2015, Google presents the new Google Glass, light and compact augmented reality viewer, able to be taken anywhere.
The new glasses offer many of the smartphone features, such as the ability to make video calls, take photos and browse the internet.
Furthermore, thanks to the integration with the most important augmented reality platforms, Google Glass offers a wide range of applications for everyday life.
GOOGLE ENTERPRISE GLASS 2.0
In 2017, Google presents the second generation of glasses for Augmented Reality, the Google Glass 2.0.
The new lenses were made in partnership with Luxottica (already started previously), the world leader in the production of eyewear.
This made it possible to improve the design of the glasses, making them lighter and more comfortable to wear.
In addition, the “Waveguide” function has been introduced, which allows the image to be projected onto the retina of the eye so as not to obstruct natural vision.
The new Google Glass 2.0 glasses are even more powerful, thanks to integration with the Google Assistant voice assistant.
This feature allows you to do many of your daily tasks, such as making a call, sending a message, or looking up an address.
They also offer a more elegant and sophisticated design, thanks to the use of precious materials such as aluminum and titanium.
They also introduced the “AR Core” feature, which allows you to use augmented reality applications on your smartphone.
GOOGLE GLASS 3.0 (WILL ARRIVE IN 2024)
In recent weeks, the company has announced that in August it will begin experimenting with the next glasses for augmented reality for civilians.
They revealed that the third generation of this product will be available on the market no earlier than 2024.
The design will be very similar to that of accepted glasses that we see every day worn by people. But they hide a potential never seen before.
THE GOAL IS TO BREAK DOWN LANGUAGE BARRIERS
Google also presented a video. In these images, the main purpose of these glasses is unmistakable: translation.
The company aims to break down its own language barriers by exploiting the power of augmented reality combined with a well-trained algorithm.
From the video, you can see how the glasses listen to the interlocutor and show, in real-time, the translated subtitles on the glasses display.
It is clear that the translation will not be perfect in all contexts, since this is only a prototype, but the premises are highly valid.
Of course, Google does not guarantee that such a product will ever actually be marketed. The debut of the prototype was also used to measure interest in a product that is still under development.
To give users the desire to have a truly incredible tool on which to extend our skills threefold.
A bit like robotic exoskeletons that give us double the strength without affecting our human skeleton and wearing it out.
Thus Google Glass will allow us to better control the surrounding reality by having a faculty amplifier with us.
The video included a “simulated point of view” of what a display might look like, allowing the interlocutor to look directly at the other person as he reads his words.
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