Google to Trial New Augmented Reality Glasses


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Jul 27, 2015

Seven years after the death knell was sounded for Google Glass, the tech giant is returning to the well of augmented reality to produce another set of smart eyewear. Promising that "it's early, and we want to get this right, so we’re taking it slow," the company is now preparing its new prototype AR glasses for public trials to ascertain their real-world potential.

Google has actually been developing this new set of AR glasses for a little while, and back in May offered a glimpse of its progress so far. A video shared by the company showed the eyewear being used to translate voice-to-text in real time and projecting that onto the wearer's view, helping them understand speech in other languages. The scope of the new AR glasses may extend well beyond that, however. Google says there are limits to what it can learn from testing the glasses in a laboratory setting, and to offer functionality such as AR-guided navigation it needs real-world factors like weather and traffic to be taken into account.
To begin with, these glasses will be publicly trialed by a handful of Google staff and selected testers, with the program to kick off next month.

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