Smart GlassesJanuary 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Computers, Design, Hardware, Media, Technology | 1 Comment
Computer in your glasses? I remember an old telephone company ad where they talked about a “friendly future”, showing a person walking around with heads-up display glasses and making a phone call. It was a fantasy then.
Over 10 years ago, a company demoed their heads-up display glasses to my company. They were in town looking for funding. The impressive part was being able to see large construction blueprints, unlimited by screen size.
A few years ago, I talked about the MIT “Sixth Sense” presentations. This was more a pendant than glasses.
Last year, Google demoed their new Glass project with skydivers, bikers and wall scalers during a conference using remote live video from the various wearers.
Google has recently added patents for bone conductance audio (no one can overhear your caller), a laser projector to project an interface (keyboard, number pad, etc) on a nearby surface or your hand, eyescan, a speech interface, real-time augmented imagery, and a compact see-through display. Some of this is much like MIT was experimenting with.
Google is now launching a program with developers to app out the hardware.
This illustrates a few of these potential ideas:
The demos have generated lots of parodies.