Google Goggles: 'Terminator' style glasses that could allow you to browse the internet
Latest development to emerge from the 'Google X' laboratory
The 'Google X' laboratory in California is responsible for the idea of refrigerators that order food themselves, plates that post details of the contents of your meal to a social network, self-driving cars and space elevators - and today they added another futuristic product to their list: wraparound shades that you can use to browse the internet.
The 'augmented reality' glasses, part of Google's 'Project Glass' could be used to take photos, display directions and conduct video chats through the use of voice-activated technology. They are aimed at improving the integration of 'augmented reality' into the user experience.
Augmented reality is a view of a real world environment that is supplemented through computer-generated information and superimposed graphics.
The prototype glasses were unveiled today on Google+, the company’s social network.
A short video on the site shows a ‘Project Glass’ user’s perspective as they explore New York, speaking commands, taking pictures, getting directions and receiving messages from a friend.
"We think technology should work for you - to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don't. A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment," says the post signed by the three Google X team leaders.
Prototype images of the glasses, also on the Google+ page show a digital display the size of a stamp attached to the top of a pair of glasses.
It is unclear whether the glasses themselves could be financially viable, and Google’s reputation for allowing employees to experiment with new ideas and products has sometimes unsettled investors as any return is unpredictable.
Chief Executive Larry Page, who took the reins over a year ago has cut back on some of the projects, but also defends Google's commitment to working on the futuristic "speculative" projects that could one day turn into "billion-dollar businesses," though he has stressed the company isn't “betting the farm” on such efforts.
What is the Google X laboratory?
Google acknowledges the existence of a so-called 'secret' laboratory where unusual research and development projects are undertaken.
The lab is located in the headquarters of the company (also known as the Googleplex) in Mountain View, California.
Google employees are reportedly allowed to research and work on projects as wide-ranging as refrigerators that order food themselves to cars that drive themselves and space elevators.
The Google co-founder Sergey Brin is reportedly deeply involved in the lab.
Life & Style blogs
National Burger Day: all your beefy questions answered
36-year-old skeleton of dead baby found inside Indian woman
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review: a watertight little brother to the S5 with a top flight screen
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Arizona shooting: Gun instructor accidentally killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi
- 1 Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
- 2 Arizona shooting: Gun instructor accidentally killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi
- 3 Paul Scholes: Manchester City were so good against Liverpool I felt like turning the television off
- 4 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 5 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE £35000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 b...
£38000 - £45000 Per Annum + excellent benefits package: Clearwater People Solu...
£28000 - £32500 Per Annum + 28 days holiday, pension, discounts and more: Clea...
£20000 - £24000 Per Annum 28 days holiday, free parking, pension: Clearwater P...