Seven years after Google Glass’ failure, the tech giant is once again tapping into the world of augmented reality to create a new line of smart eyeglasses. The business is currently constructing its new prototype AR glasses for public trials in order to determine its real value. It claims that “it’s early, and we want to get this right, so we’re taking it gradually.”
Google has actually been working on this new pair of augmented reality glasses for a little while, and back in May it gave a sneak peek at its development. The eyewear was used to translate voice-to-text in real time and project that onto the wearer’s perspective, assisting them in understanding communication in foreign languages, according to a video the company posted.
However, the new AR glasses’ applicability could go far further. There are limitations to what Google claims it can learn by testing the glasses in a lab setting, and in order to provide functionality like AR-guided navigation, it needs to take into account real-world variables like weather and traffic.
Google will gain a better understanding of possible applications for themselves in the real world thanks to this initiative. The company says that although the glasses will have in-lens displays, microphones, and cameras, they won’t be utilised to take pictures and video. In contrast, that onboard technology will be employed for tasks like menu translation or providing directions to a nearby cafe.
These glasses will initially be publicly tested by a small group of Google employees and chosen testers, with the programme set to launch next month.
The previous voice-to-text translation video is embedded below.