5 Reasons Why Google’s Project Glass Is The Future & Why That’s Awesome [Opinion]

Chris Hoffman 09-04-2012

imageGoogle’s Project Glass has everyone talking. It’s a glimpse of the future of augmented reality, wearable computing, and better integration of the Internet and technology in our day-to-day lives. Imagine replacing your smartphone with a pair of glasses, controlling them with your voice and movements of your head. No more pulling out your smartphone and concentrating on a slab of glass as you walk around – everything you need is already right there in your vision.


One day, when we’re all using retinal implants with built-in augmented reality tech, Google’s Project Glass will seem quaint. But today, it’s the future. At least, I hope it is.

One Day…

If you haven’t seen the video that’s got everyone talking, you should watch it now. It’s a concept video that shows us a vision of the future, and the first Google Glasses will be a step along the road towards it. Also, as James said yesterday – the concept is easily within the realm of possibility Actually, Google's Project Glass Concept Video Is Possible [Opinion] Google recently released a concept video for their Project Glass. Today I'd like to take a closer look at the technical feasibility of these real-life Google Goggles; what we know; and why this concept video... Read More .

An Augmented Reality HUD For The Masses

We already have a variety of augmented reality apps 6 Free Apps To Try Out Augmented Reality On Your iPhone Augmented reality is way cool. Using your camera, location and the right apps, it is possible to overlay useful, relevant information on top of live camera images to provide an enhanced view of the world... Read More for smartphones. Augmented reality apps  take the video from your smartphone’s camera, displaying it in real time and overlaying it with information. Say you’re using Yelp’s Monocle feature – the augmented reality vision on your phone will display information about nearby businesses over the video.


Augmented reality is really cool, but actually overlaying what you see is the “killer app.” It’s one thing to pull out your smartphone and use it as a window into the augmented reality world, but it’s another to walk down the street and have everything you see be potentially augmented. The uses of a theoretical augmented reality heads up display are practically only limited by your imagination. The arrows in the video are one way to display a route, but the display could draw a virtual line on the sidewalk for you — or pave the path you walk with a virtual red carpet.


That said, the video isn’t what Project Glass is really about — yet. The first iteration has a single display near one eye. It won’t overlay your entire field of vision, it’s just a data overlay that appears in your peripheral vision

We’re Closer Than You Think

A data overlay that appears in your peripheral vision – we already have that! Recon Instruments’ MOD goggles are ski goggles with a heads up display that can show your speed, statistics, and a GPS navigation Use Google Maps Navigation For Turn-By-Turn GPS [Android] Read More map. The display appears near your right eye, on the periphery of your vision — the rest of your vision is normal and unobscured. This is what the first Google Glasses will actually be like. It still integrates the technology into day-to-day life, but it can’t modify everything you see. It’ll be similar to the video, except the floating information will appear near one eye instead of at the center of your vision.

Transparent screens? We’ve got those too. Here’s the Samsung Smart Window, which functions as both a window and a transparent touch screen.


People Are Already Distracted & Walking Into Things

Some people see Google’s Project Glass as a menace – yet more electronics interfering in our day-to-day lives, crowding our vision, taking us out of the moment, and distracting us from what’s really important. Those people are living in a world that no longer exists. I can’t walk down a city block without someone on a smartphone The Smartphone Syndrome: Are We Becoming Too Addicted To Our Phones For Our Own Good? [Opinion] Let me start by saying that this is not a rant against smartphones, or a call for everyone to go back to Nokia 6070s. I think smartphones are basically awesome and I have nothing against... Read More  almost bumping into me. People walk the streets, oblivious to their surroundings, looking down at small, rectangular pieces of glass in their hands. Project Glass is an improvement over the current situation and will bring these people back to the real world, making them more aware of their surroundings.


And for those of you worrying about this distracting people driving – well, they’re already distracted. They’re texting, talking, and using their smartphones while driving Five Apps And A Few Tips For Using Your iPhone While Driving The key to using your phone while driving is to reduce the number of steps it takes to make a call, send a text message, or check driving directions. The iPhone includes a few built-in... Read More . And Project Glass or no Project Glass, augmented reality is coming to a car near you. Car companies like General Motors are working on augmented reality windshield displays.

Brilliant People Are Involved

Project Glass isn’t just some half-baked idea dreamt up in a garage or yet another Google research project with no force behind it, it’s being developed by Google’s Google X Lab. Google X is the same lab working on Google’s self-driving cars The Shocking Effects Of The Google Driverless Car [INFOGRAPHIC] The future is closer than you might think. Thanks to Google's top secret research department, Google X, driverless cars are now a reality and could be hitting the mainstream in the not too distant future.... Read More , another I-can’t-believe-this-is-already-happening project that’s dragging us into the future.


Google X is full of smart engineers working hard to make the future actually happen. Most of their projects are a secret, but they’re also reportedly working on space elevators.

At Least Google Is Trying

Whatever you think of Project Glass, Google is reaching for something new, innovative, and futuristic. What are other tech giants doing that’s so interesting? If you believe the current rumors, Apple’s foray into wearable computing is centered around wrist-mounted displays. I’m sure people will line up to buy a wrist-mounted iWatches if Apple ever releases them, but Google is out in front doing something much more interesting with Project Glass.


And for you tweakers out there, Project Glass uses Android 5 Reasons to Choose Android Over iPhone If you’re looking at buying a smartphone, you’re probably going to buy an Android device or an iPhone (sorry, Microsoft). What’s the difference, and which should you choose? We recently gave the pro-iPhone side of... Read More , so the potential for customization is huge. Worried about the default software? I’m sure there will be a community-developed custom ROM How to Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device Ready to revitalize your Android phone or tablet? Installing a custom ROM is the best way to do that -- powering it up with even better performance and features. Read More for your glasses.


What do you think of Google’s Project Glass? Will you be the first in line to get one, do you think it’s all hype, or do you just not like the idea? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Image Credit: Project Glass Photo via Google, LG Optimus 3D Augmented Reality via LG, Walking Business People via Shutterstock, Apple iPod Wristwatch via Aaron Muszalski

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  1. Shahzad Billimoria
    September 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm


  2. Mr Mark
    April 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    It will be annoying if it's just seen by one eye. it will be really offputting. I can imagine certain glasses with two lenses having some good games on it, overlaying stuff on the view of the real world, but apart from that, it seems pointless, we keep hearing about how great it will be for giving directions, but we're not all looking for places we can't find every day.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 20, 2012 at 3:24 am

      The prototype looks like a single eye, but I'd imagine there'd be multiple-eye designs in the future.

      Apparently a lot of companies are working on this sort of thing - Valve (of Steam fame), Oakley (of sunglasses fame), and more.

  3. Joe Botha
    April 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Linking the glasses via Wi-Fi could provide the ultimate FPS in a painball-type environment. Imagine lifting up your fake plastic gun, looking down and seeing a real-ass BFG through the glasses! The gaming prospects alone make this an awesome project.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 18, 2012 at 5:28 am

      The prospects for layering virtual reality on top of reality are really mind-boggling. Maybe they will submerge us further into technology all the time, when they get to that point.

  4. Fdsfjkvhjd
    April 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    id feel like a super sayain wearing those

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 17, 2012 at 2:57 am

      Hah, I've seen screenshots of that too! Crazy stuff.

  5. Travopia
    April 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    How google's project glass is going to revolutionize travellers and travel companies -

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 16, 2012 at 1:16 am

      They're going to revolutionize everything -- or lots and lots of things.

      Imagine you're in a grocery store, you pick up a product, and the glasses say "This is available for $5 less at Amazon or $3 less at a store down the street if you need it right now."

      That's huge.

      • Brodie
        April 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

        Already do that with my phone. Nothing new, 'cept once in a while I run into a shopkeeper who tries to prohibit the activity.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 17, 2012 at 2:57 am

          Yeah, nothing new -- but it will make it easier and more ubiquitous. Shopkeepers who do that sound like they'll lose business fast.

  6. Charlie Stelling
    April 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    These glasses look absolutly terrific! Thank you Google! I wonder what ability these glasses will have in regards to gaming. Great post too! Shared on twitter.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 16, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Thanks for the share! They do look amazing.

  7. Sock-man
    April 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Imagine playing minecraft with the glass project... hat would be funny, you see someone randomly picking up a pile of mud and mistakenly throwing it at someone. :D

    • Bryson
      April 15, 2012 at 4:41 am

      haha! I love minecraft! Those damn Creepers!

      • Chris Hoffman
        April 16, 2012 at 1:15 am

        You could have an app that has creepers follow you all day!

        • Brodie
          April 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

          THIS is EXACTLY what I meant by SCARY and OMINOUS. (below)

  8. Phil
    April 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I have been waiting for this technology for years! I want to go to the park and play video games. Imagine putting on the glasses in a park and seeing large monsters roaming around - you run up and hit them with your vitural sword and then run off after another monster. Just like in regular video games but - finally - FINALLY - with real exercise (and not fake Wii exercise either). Or playing pac-man - running along dotted lines while running from, or chasing ghosts. Sure you'd look like a fool till it became public knowledge what these gamers are doing - then others might start joining in!

    I am waiting for the day someone says to me "You're in really good shape" and I can say "Thanks, I play a lot of video games."

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 16, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Yup, we already have "augmented reality" games, but it's nowhere near as fun looking through a small smartphone screen instead of looking around normally.

      That sounds so awesome.

  9. Claudia
    April 14, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Oh,yeah! THrilling! Awesome! Really innovating! And yeah,I was one of those thinking I will be walking into things. Because I already do that! I would buy it as soon as it gets into the market...if I had the money!

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Be careful out there!

  10. Brodie
    April 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Brings NEW LIGHT to the term TERMINATOR GLASSES, huh? We all saw this coming way back in the 80's. Honestly, I think Hollywood got it right when they portrayed this technology as something so scary and ominous that it could spell complete disaster for the human race.

    Think about it.

    What would the AUGMENTED REALITY SKINS GALLERY be like? Wouldn't it be great to just integrate this into your natural field of vision using contacts or implants so that NOBODY WOULD KNOW whether you were using it or not? That would be really great for, say, cheating on an exam.

    Oh, and VIDEO isn't the only thing we need to augment, how about some good noise-cancelling-augmenting AUDIO to go with it?

    Hear no evil, see no evil. Monkey!

    Don't worry about what happens if someone steals it from you; what happens if someone HACKS IT WHILE YOU'RE USING it and uploads new augmented reality preferences without your knowledge?

    And, just how much can you augment your reality before you lose track of reality? Wait a minute, didn't we already accomplished this back in the 60's with LSD? That worked out well for the user-base. Lucy in the skies, man! Groovy.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 16, 2012 at 1:13 am

      It definitely has cheating-on-tests implications if it gets small enough, but I don't think that's a reason to hold back technology. We should just have better tests -- many courses already have "take-home" tests. Do they worry about people cheating? No, because you have to understand the concepts to know what to look up in the time you have. Mastery of the concepts is what's important. If you're just regurgitating facts, that would be a problem -- but that's also a bad test.

      There are definitely problems with retina implants in theory, but we're nowhere near there yet! For now, just take the glasses off if there's a problem -- same as you'd stop using a smartphone.

      • Brodie
        April 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        "Stop using the smartphone?" Where do you live? Must be paradise, cause you obviously haven't met the kids & drivers I know.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 17, 2012 at 2:59 am

          Well, I mean -- if it became infected with malware, you could stop using it until you fixed it (or perform a factory restore on the device).

          Same as the goggles. You wouldn't have to put up with malware bombarding you with ads.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 17, 2012 at 2:59 am

          "They're already following us all the time, our app just lets you see them"

          Sounds like a great pitch for a hugely successful app!

  11. Daziam
    April 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Pointless in every way as a product, as a prototype for what can be done ..fair enough.

    Google wants you to store everything in your glasses, your payment methods, your emails, your accounts etc. What happens if ( or most likely when ) somone steals your glasses?. Say goodbye to your funds.

    • Stephen Moyer
      April 13, 2012 at 6:27 am

      How is this situation any different than having a smartphone or do you also believe that smartphones are "Pointless in every way as a product"?

      • Daziam
        April 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

        Well Stephen, Firstly I'd like to point out your attempt in making my post seem troll'ish as you cut out my reasons for thinking it's pointless.

        But anyway ... Smartphones aren't on always on display when you're out, when you see someone walking down the street you know the likelyhood of them having a phone is good but you don't know where it is, if they have it on them and what they have on it

        With project glass it's a home pc that can be stolen in one quick swoop and you know they have one as it's pretty hard to miss.

        Jatin : If they did that then fair enough, but I highly doubt they would add that if they wanted it to be mass market, the price to the consumer would be much higher if it included that.

        • Ben
          April 14, 2012 at 4:02 am

          Daziam, Stephen was doing no such thing. He has a point. There are a lot of people who get mugged for wearing the white Apple Earbuds that come with an iPhone of other devices just for what's on the end of the cable. Besides, in terms of price, people wear designer glasses that alone cost more than this device probably will. Oh, and the glasses connect via bluetooth to your smartphone.. soo... about your stuff being stolen? The theif would just have some fancy new glasses; not anything else.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

          People walk down the street carrying smartphones (or wearing expensive jewelry) all the time.

          If this is a similar price to a smartphone, it won't be too much different from now. It wouldn't be hard to swipe a smartphone from someone off the street these days, so this is already a problem.

        • Daziam
          April 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

          I was talking about smartphones not accessories as of course iPhone headphones would indicate he has an iPhone in his pocket, but without them nobody would know.

          Also like I said before they would hope for "Mass Market", Designer isn't Mass Market it's a luxury.

          And also from what I've read on the official Project Glass google page it stands as it's own independent device, you won't need a smartphone in order to use it as it has built in GPS, SMS and Voice. So the "Thief" would have much more than just fancy glasses.

        • Ben
          April 15, 2012 at 7:33 am

          Yeah Chris I agree. It would be no more dangerous than a woman carrying a handbag. Or maybe even safer considering it can't be pickpocketed as it's right in front of your eyes! Daziam, I honestly don't think that it will be any more of a problem. And hey, if they implement GPS, Google could easily just track any stolen devices. They do that anyways whether it's stolen or not =P

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 16, 2012 at 1:10 am

          Yup, there are already problems with people swiping smartphones, or handbags, or what have you -- it's just a continuation of this. You don't necessarily know if someone has an iPhone in their pocket, but many people are constantly taking them out to use them, so it's not hard to tell.

        • jay
          July 20, 2012 at 1:10 am

          the glasses will tell you which neighborhoods to avoid...

    • Jatin
      April 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Google can possibly add something like Retina scan for security.

  12. Sri Vastav Reddy
    April 12, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I’ve been a bit skeptical about this mission of Google’s, which incidentally will deliver ads right to your eyeballs. However, it is worth pondering some of the business uses for these newfangled glasses. Here are a few business use cases, some of which could be clearly a stretch.
    ------not only business but also Tourism, Shopping and retail, Local merchant marketing, Real estate, Business meetings are swell. it's really fascinating.

    But, my friends are saying '' Who’s the idiot that would buy these? '' :-O

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 12, 2012 at 5:52 am

      Remember that it's based on Android, so you could install a custom ROM with adblock if it was really bad.

      A theoretical augmented reality vision could also have an augmented reality adblock installed, blocking out ads in the real world before they reach your eyes. (not that I would endorse such adblocking, but it's an interesting idea)

      Another use -- translating foreign languages on the fly.

      • Ben
        April 14, 2012 at 4:03 am

        Haha, Adblock.. that would be awesome.

      • Ben
        April 15, 2012 at 7:35 am

        Chris, you should watch this video. It's a somewhat comical but unfortunately valid point on Google's (at least CURRENT ethics and business plan).

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 16, 2012 at 1:09 am

          Yup, but as I said in the article -- it's Android, so you can hack it and remove the ads. There will be custom ROMs without ads.

          And if the experience really is that bad, someone (Apple?) will come out with glasses without ads that are more expensive.

        • Ben
          April 18, 2012 at 12:15 am

          Yes I know, and I wasn't dissagreeing! I was simply sharing the video. Of course Google would not fill it with adds, or at least not this much. It would be suicide!

  13. Probiner
    April 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

    No thank you.
    I don't like to be tracked on the web, why would I like to be it on the street?...
    Even though it offers awsome features I always find strange how people give away freedom for features and then wonder how they got there...
    Especially with the sign that the last Google terms of Service update was.
    In an era where ppl trade power, boldness, responsibility, privacy, freedom and time; for; tools, sureness, security, comfort and possesions. This looks just like another step in that direction.

    I think most ppl's lifes on this side of the world don't have an essential need for more gimmicks (If technology stopped today, we would be well served) but more fundamental and primal stuff are for sure in need. Especially on the fields like Values, Vision and living by them.

    And 3D tech is lets see... Crap... most times is just DoF on steroids and not appealing at all. Also most movies don't make a narrative use of it, so bleh...
    What movies need are 3D scripts...

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 12, 2012 at 5:57 am

      The thing is that people are already doing this with smartphones. It's just a different interface for what's already happening every day on smartphones. The tracking, looking up data, etc -- all already happening.

      Other companies or modders (it's Android-based) could offer versions that change the default settings into something more privacy-friendly.

      I definitely agree on movies, though!

      • Probiner
        April 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Ah ok. Since I don't have a smartphone I guess I don't have that perspective.
        Lets not forget another thing. Your phone is in your pocket. Google Glasses (or something alike) are in your face and the camera can record everywhere you go...


    • muotechguy
      April 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

      If technology stopped today? Awesome, we be running on gasoline for another 10 years before all hell broke loose. And all that garbage we can't recycle yet, what a great present for my children! At least we'd have really efficient solar power to solve our energy needs. Oh wait...

      Another value I'd love to see re-instated - grammar, and the ability to write a word in full.

      • Probiner
        April 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        Sorry if my english and comment makes you weep inside and say silly things, I'm to blame.

    • Ben
      April 14, 2012 at 4:07 am

      The truth is, Google DOES collect your information on a somewhat creepy level.. and although I personally don't mind as my personal benefits are decent due to their many products (maybe it's simply because I'm the younger generation), I do understand the implications. Also, Google would then have the power of not only electronic info, persay, but also visual. That means images of your daily life, where you go to coffee in the morning, WHAT you eat/ate for breakfast.. It may end up creeping some people out but hey, I think it's the way that technology's headin anyways so may as well just hitch along for the ride.

      • Chris Hoffman
        April 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

        It does seem to be headed that way, whether we like it or not.

        • Jose Hernandez
          April 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

          Honestly, The thing is Google just want's to advertise to you better. They are on a mission to change the way that we handle and manage our data.

          It could always be worse...
          Apple could be tracking us ;P

        • Bryson
          April 15, 2012 at 4:52 am

          HAHAHAHA! Apple screws me over daily...

        • Ben
          April 15, 2012 at 7:52 am

          Hahahaha Well that's basically what they're doing now! :P With Siri, Apple is now able to grasp all the information of the users' search habits; not just Google. Also, Apple is moving away from Google in areas like their Maps app. In iPhoto Mobile they've already started by using open souce maps instead of Google's! My personal theory is that all the major corporations will be tracking us by the end of the next decade in ways we haven't even imagine at this point in time.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 16, 2012 at 1:06 am

          Sure, that's why we get an awesome search engine, Gmail, and other services for free.

          People could pay $X/month to an email hosting company, but everyone seems to use Gmail, because the trade off makes it worth it.

          People just don't seem willing to pay for these things, they'd rather have advertising paying for it. Just like here at MUO and other websites -- people don't want to pay to read, they'd rather have ads. I've made my peace with that.

  14. DevinChopra
    April 11, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Can someone ask Google to find a way to exterminate mosquitoes????

    This was awesome - thanx for the article.

  15. Anthony
    April 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Just for the record in case nobody has mentioned it yet, that watch thing is just a 6th gen ipod nano in the LunaTik watch band. Not exactly something Apple is playing with. Also kind of ridiculous since it isn't the least bit water resistant or easy to just pop out and plug in your car. I guess there are all types though....

  16. Glenn
    April 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    This is a good thread on a forum .
    It should have better publicity
    To KWH ,wouldn't it be nice if you were walking to get lunch ,and,someone you had lost contact with years before ,found you through google + .
    You could see them , but they couldn't see you ,until you let them ,using voice commands ,without fumbling in your pocket looking for your phone? .
    You are right though .It would be very annoying ,if it were intrusive .
    Sounds like I'm doing adverts for google .
    I can understand why they put Chris Hoffman as their ambassador,a cool headed bloke.
    Yeah I'm an Aussie , and we have those new fangled wireless thingys down here too!.
    They said bluetooth wouldn't catch on ,but ,it did.
    If you don't try,you can't buy.
    By the way Wifi was invented by a couple of smart blokes working for the CSIRO in Australia ,about 200metres from where I work at Monash University
    Thank you for letting me have an input into a subject I feel passionately about .

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 11, 2012 at 2:22 am

      I'm not really an ambassador or anything -- I'm just a tech writer who's really excited about the technology!

  17. thurd2
    April 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    What would be really cool are computer glasses that correct vision, making everybody who has them able to see 20/20. The other stuff would be like add-ons.

    • Nahhhh
      April 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      you mean - glasses.

      • thurd2
        April 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        Actually, many people need different glasses at the same time (bifocals, trifocals), and over time eyes change. People also have astimatisms, which are hard to correct for. It would be nice to have a device that could be adusted to maximize vision, whether for long distance or reading. Also they could be used as binoculars or microscopes, within reason. It would only require two small cameras on the outside.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 11, 2012 at 2:21 am

          That would be a cool future technology. You'd just pick up a pair of glasses at the nearby store -- they'd fit everyone and automatically adapt over time.

          When did we start living in the future?

        • Manikandan
          April 11, 2012 at 4:29 am

          Great concept! Really cool if it comes to use....

  18. Glenn
    April 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    You can pile buckets on an idea , but, whether you like or dislike it , if no-one tries it , you will never know if it will work or not !.
    Army helicopter pilots already use heads up displays , but , we don't see them crashing into things all the time , and, I'll bet they weren't taught how to see !?.
    We can't ALL play Ostrich , and stick our heads in the sand .
    Innovation is why we have come so far in such a short time .
    I just hope Google Android doesn't do the same thing as Samsung did with the Galaxy s2 .
    Bring it out , then ,offer an inferior model (nexus) ,and try to convince us it's better.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

      Really, how's the Nexus inferior? A lot of people prefer it because it has the real Android experience, instead of Samsung's TouchWiz.

      • Glenn DAVIS
        April 13, 2012 at 7:06 am

        When I was talking about "inferior", I meant technologies, not operating systems or rom. The s2 is far better, technologically, but, inferior as far as the operating system goes. One advantage is that you can run "ice cream sandwich" operating system onto an s2, The best phone, and, operating system combined. If you doubt my word, compare specifications of each phone!

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

          Fair enough! Some people want the Nexus for the stock Android experience without dealing with custom ROMs, though.

        • Glenn
          April 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

          All galaxy s2 phones will have firmware upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich anyway , within the next
          twelve months from what I have read.
          Some phones in Europe are already running ICS operating systems .
          The only phones that won't have automatic firmware upgrades are ones with custom ROMs.
          Even unbranded or unlocked phones will be upgraded ( although they will probably be last ).
          It's good to talk to you Chris , and thank you for listening to one of the little people ! .


        • Chris Hoffman
          April 16, 2012 at 1:08 am

          Very true, but from what I've seen of ICS on Galaxy S2, Samsung's still using their TouchWiz interface on top of it. That's kind of a turn off.

          And no problem! Thanks for commenting.

  19. KWH
    April 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I just took a walk from work to get some lunch, and I imagined on the way if I would want any of this info projected on my field of vision. And the answer is... No! The only thing that might actually be useful is a small peripheral caller id to let me know whos calling if my phone rings, other than that this is not the ideal way to present this info, not a good human interface.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 11, 2012 at 2:19 am

      Interesting. I'd love to have it in my field of vision, rather than having to take out a smartphone, unlock it, and open an app.

      It wouldn't need to be there all the time -- you could maybe look in a certain direction or say a command to see it. Faster than a smartphone!

  20. JeniQ
    April 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    My concern is that this technology, like so much other existent tech, will not actually work as advertised. I'd love to see that video redone with all the crappy mishaps I have with tech. He speaks his command and it hears the wrong thing. It can't connect to the data stream so it just sits there and spins. Etc., etc.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 11, 2012 at 2:18 am

      Nothing is perfect, and the first generation will definitely disappoint. Google created a bit too much hype with the video, perhaps.

  21. Paul
    April 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This is going to be just as successful as wearing glasses for a (3D) tv set at home. In other words: not.

    • muotechguy
      April 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Uh, I watched a 3d movie on my 50" active-lcd samsung tv last night, as i do most weekend. Do you actually own a 3d tv and therefore qualified to say how successful they are? Or are you just assuming that wearing glasses to watch 3d is terrible?

      • Paul
        April 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

        I'm not saying anything about the quality, which is probably amazing :) I'm talking about consumer adoption in general....

        • muotechguy
          April 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

          Sadly, I think that's a little self-fulfilling.

          Glasses-free 3D is absolutely pathetic quality, so 3d in general gets a bad rep. The crappy little Nintendo 3DS doesnt help at all. People dont buy proper 3dtvs because they believe 3d sucks, and hence the take-up is bad.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 11, 2012 at 2:18 am

          It's also the price, which is orders of magnitude higher than a standard TV. It just doesn't give people the "bang for the buck" that they want when cheap flat-panel TVs are available (particularly in this economy)

        • James Bruce
          April 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

          Not true either. 50" full HD plasma TVs on amazon: tons for £500-£1000. 50" full HD 3dtv on amazon? £500-£1000. Mine was £750 a year ago, not at ALL expensive by TV standards.

        • 3Dhater
          April 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

          I can't stand 3d movies, if its not good at the cinema, how is it going to be good at home. 3D tech is a gimmick and a shitty one at that. Wish it was never created.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 12, 2012 at 5:49 am

          Fair enough. I was in a Sony store a few weeks ago looking at a 3D TV in person, and it was over $5500 CAD while the high-quality non-3D flat panels were under $1000.

        • muotechguy
          April 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

          Well, that is quite ridiculous. Don't go to sony shops dude.

          @3dhater - 3d is great at the cinema - don't assume everyone has the same negative attitude as you do. Perhaps you just watch the wrong movies. SpyKids 3d is probably not the best!

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 12, 2012 at 7:46 am

          it was nearby, and I wanted to check out a 3D display in person again!

  22. SB
    April 10, 2012 at 5:41 am

    lolwut? looks like google translate has struck again...

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Spammers strike again.

      • muotechguy
        April 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

        Don't reply to spammers, or your comment appears utterly random when they are deleted.

  23. gpvprasad
    April 10, 2012 at 4:21 am

    One day I will forget I have a family and google apps will remind me that my family needs my support lol

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 6:59 am

      Don't worry, that's what the reminders are for!

      • gpvprasad
        April 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

        But reminder I only need to set. I am telling google reminding that I have a family.

  24. Don
    April 10, 2012 at 4:18 am

    What is the world coming to?

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

      The future! It's coming, whether we like it or not.

  25. Achraf52
    April 10, 2012 at 2:52 am

    First, we need to have the world information stored in the Internet universally .

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

      We're definitely much closer to that than we were 20 years ago, at least!

      • Achraf52
        April 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        Sorry, but we're only closer in United States but, if you look into other countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Haiti, Russia, you will realize a big difference in technology development, which needs hundreds of years to accomplish at their speed, so though I want to try those Glasses now, I know they won't work everywhere and that's already unfortunate .

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 11, 2012 at 2:17 am

          Very true. Still, people in other countries can access information in English -- especially as translation technology continues to improve.

        • Achraf52
          April 11, 2012 at 2:28 am

          If you see in Google Maps you will clearly know that Google Street View is only perfectly available in United states while many other countries aren't having a single place and they don't do a single effort to solve this .

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

          It's available in other countries too -- Canada, where I live, and France, where I've spent some time.

          Of course, it isn't perfectly available everywhere, but the coverage is more extensive than you give it credit for.

  26. Matt.Smith
    April 10, 2012 at 2:43 am

    A lot of people have been citing ski goggles with HUDs as proof that we're closer than we think.

    How good are these goggles? How big are the batteries, and how long does it last? Is the software stable? Have users reported any eye fatigue? No one seems to have seriously looked in to these issues - yet apparently, because the goggles do in fact exist, "we're closer than you think."

    The technology is a lot more complex than that. I think we're a good decade off from any possibility of widespread adoption.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

      Very good point, Matt. I do think we're closer than most people think if you look at the stuff out there today.

      Another type of product, which I didn't mention, is the Epson Moverio Android-powered glasses:

      They're more designed for watching videos, but they have projected, see-through display. They could be adapted to work more like augmented reality glasses, or to project Google Glasses-style data.

      The technology is definitely complex, and we're a long way off from what's shown in the video. I think people are going to be disappointed by the first generation products, but I'm excited anyway.

      • muotechguy
        April 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

        Did you people completely ignore my article?! Virtual Retinal Projection displays were prototyped by brother in 2010, and enable full screen projection directly onto the retina. If you take a look at the Glass prototype worn by Sergei, it's quite clearly a block of glass or plastic used for defracting a laser - NOT a transparent screen as you're supposing.

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

          I wrote this post before your article was published. I thought you were going to write about why it was nonsense, so I took another angle here.

          You're probably on to something with the laser projection -- at least, I hope you are. That sounds even better and more useful.

        • muotechguy
          April 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

          That was more aimed at matt actually! But thanks, I'm 100% sure thats how theyll be doing it, and I'm totally excited for it, purely from a technological standpoint. By which I mean, I hope apple copies it and makes it good...

        • Chris Hoffman
          April 11, 2012 at 2:16 am

          Surely Apple would never copy such a thing, since they're so upset at Google for copying the idea of a touch-screen smartphone with Android and engaging in a "thermonuclear war" of patents against Android!

  27. Vyseus
    April 10, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Interesting tech. Just imagine what this will do for education and other industries. Talking about people running into things, texting while driving and on call while at it, is an issue, if this really take off, just imagine the less attention on the phone more on the driving, cause now people can use their voice fully instead have to push buttons to start using it. Also imagine a surgeon that have to do a surgery that requires a doctor from somewhere else, now they can view the correct procedure without the need to use a monitor and now they concentrate on the patient instead a monitor.

    Just what I think, this tech can help so much maybe 1 or 2 things need to be address here, what about handicap people? how would they use it?

    Than again. Very interesting project thou. Just hope to see it take off really soon~

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

      So many applications. My mind boggles at them all.

  28. Luis C
    April 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Pretty cool stuff...

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 6:58 am

      As a cyberpunk aficionado, I'm excited!

  29. Luis C
    April 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Pretty cool stuff...

  30. David Levey
    April 10, 2012 at 1:43 am
    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 6:52 am

      I'm no expert on the optical technology involved, but I kind of doubt Google (and other manufacturers, which are now apparently trying to get their own glasses out) would do something that just wouldn't work.

      Still, who knows? We'll all have to wait and see.

      • muotechguy
        April 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

        And I already debunked that "screen in front of eye" thing.

  31. Trevor L
    April 10, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Very interested in the possibilities here.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 6:50 am

      Yup, it's exciting stuff, isn't it?

  32. Nextcorner
    April 10, 2012 at 12:02 am

    What´s so funny of having more and more stupid people in the world? Is not enough with all the phone jerks... I don´t like the idea at all

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 10, 2012 at 1:05 am

      It's already happening with phones, whether the glasses take off or not.

      • Imran Azad
        April 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        I'm really excited by all of this and Chris I really admire your passion and enthusiasm, I think you'd be a great asset on Google's Project Glass! :) Some people really need to stop being so pessimistic with their comments it will eventually work really well.