Google has unveiled its mysterious research project developing augmented reality eyewear, which projects information such as maps and messages into a small, wearable display.
As part of “Project Glass,” the company’s Google X research group created prototypes that resemble eyeglasses without lenses.
One of three named developers on the project is Babak Parviz, a University of Washington electrical engineering professor specializing in bionanotechnology. His research group is exploring, among other things, “micro devices for human performance augmentation.”
Google is among a number of companies exploring ways to bring the sort of heads-up display technology used in vehicles to wearable, consumer products. Ski goggles that display maps, messages and other information streamed from a nearby cellphone are already sold by Recon Instruments, a company based in Vancouver, B.C.
Google’s work in this area was first reported by the New York Times.
Here’s a video Google produced to show the potential of the technology: