Google’s new augmented reality technology called “Google AR” or “Project Glass” is very much in the same vein as Apple’s iPhone and iPad, but a lot further out. The reason behind the long wait for Google Glass is not only its visionary application but also the difficulties of developing one. This virtual eyewear will work on every smartphone currently available and it will also be compatible with a host of smart phones coming down the line.
So what are the prospects for the development of Google AR glasses? There are two directions to look at. One is the path that many tech companies like to follow where they attempt to reinvent products rather than building them from the ground up. Such initiatives have not proved very successful and are often met with consumer resistance. However, Google has made it clear that if they do succeed in this venture, it will be a revolution.
In the second path, we have to take into account the fact that even though we have seen the technology demonstrated in the movies, it is still a long way off from being ready for prime time. For now, there is still the problem of compatibility. Will we see universal AR glasses in future? Will the same glasses used by movie characters be approved for use by wearers everywhere? Are we going to have to wait for an augmented reality theme park in order to have a taste of the future? Or will we simply have to make do with Google AR glasses?
On the one hand, you have Google’s long-term commitment to support augmented reality. In fact, it is their long-term plan which they are detailing on a regular basis. They have already taken an initial investment of about $70 million to develop this technology and they see it as something that will have a significant impact on the future of mobile device technology. This is especially so considering that they have teamed up with well-known cellphone manufacturer, Nokia, in the process of developing this very important product.
So, how will Google’s augmented reality work? The first step will be using your prescription to zero in on things in the real world using Google’s mapping software. You will then be able to select the object you want to draw attention to. Next, you will simply wave your hand over the screen and you will be able to select the image using your voice. Since the image is computer generated, it will also feature features such as haptic feedback.
The strength of this integration is that you can literally get what you see in the real world using your glasses. You can focus your attention and be in complete control of what is on the display. This is certainly very different from the situation that arose with the development of Cardboard, a type of virtual smart phone. When you wanted to read a text in a message; you had to look at the screen. This was not only inconvenient, but it made you feel a little limited because you were unable to do what you wanted.
The use of Google augmented reality glasses goes much further than this. Imagine if you were shopping for something, like shoes or a jacket, but didn’t want to physically check out the item because it was too tall or too small. With the help of a Google Cardboard-like device, you will have the exact size and fit that you want. This is a much better option than physically trying on an item and ending up being unhappy because it doesn’t fit. With the guidance of your eyes, you can find the perfect pair of shoes for your body.
Another application of Google augmented reality glasses is to simply improve your vision while you are driving. This technology is currently available on the development of Apple glass. With this software, you will be able to make use of Google’s maps, view traffic information, weather reports and even be able to turn on your headlights. These are all features that you will surely find interesting. With these devices, you no longer have to depend on your bingo glasses, but rather get the same experience using your smart phone, like those that are being released by Nokia and Samsung.