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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

April 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Google’s new goggles: “Project Glass,” with UW assist

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.

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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:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=9c6W4CCU9M4%3Frel%3D0

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