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Video Sergey Brin Shows Project Glass Glasses to Journalists (Video) 117

Not too many years ago, people who carried on conversations with folks the rest of us couldn't hear were considered demented (or drunk). Then came the cellular phone headset, which meant normal people could walk along, carrying on conversations with people we couldn't hear, although many researchers came to believe that a large percentage of so-called "normal" cell phone users were also demented (or drunk). Now Google's Project Glass means people can walk along, seeing things no one else can -- and carrying on conversations with them. Are Google's Project Glass users demented? Are they drunk? Or are they looking at heads-up displays mounted on glasses frames or attached to prescription glasses? Inquiring Slashdot editor Timothy Lord wanted to know, so he joined a Glass demonstration hosted by Google co-founder Sergey Brin (whose company is not related to Barney Google, as far as we know) to find out for himself -- and to share his findings with you.

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Sergey Brin Shows Project Glass Glasses to Journalists (Video)

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 29, 2012 @08:06AM (#40492231)

  • Any real demos? (Score:4, Informative)

    by JaredOfEuropa ( 526365 ) on Friday June 29, 2012 @08:28AM (#40492373) Journal
    Any video of the glasses themselves, preferably a "through" view showing what the actual overlay looks like, and what sort of info will be displayed. I am really not all that interested in a video of a bunch of people wearing those things...
  • by justforgetme ( 1814588 ) on Friday June 29, 2012 @09:14AM (#40492817) Homepage

    Well, having had experience with this sort of worn hud in the past I think you are right, it won't happen.
    In my experience anything that needs you to actually focus on the details of the displayed images is
    impossible since your left eye (and brain) go crazy.

    I have heard that they have consulting optics experts so I guess they could have actually cracked it
    but afaik to be able to do real work with computer augmented vision you need a real hud, not a small
    blotch on the far right top side of your right eye's vision.

  • by Greyfox ( 87712 ) on Friday June 29, 2012 @09:19AM (#40492859) Homepage Journal
    Wired's been doing stories on DIY wearable computer people from at least the mid 90's. See also the remembrance agent [] web page. It never really caught on that much, though nifty feats like performing facial recognition on people and bringing up information on them, placing IR beacons to which data could be attached to locations and video-recording everything with a camera capable of slowing down the wheels on a moving car so you could read the manufacturer details have been reported. The early papers on the subject talk about what a ubiquitous computing device you carry around on your person would be like, and it pretty much describes today's cell phones.

    The limiting factors in the past have been I/O -- most of the early adopters went with one-handed "chording" keyboards and bulky, ugly head mounted displays. They also usually ended up carrying around a backpack with large-ish home made computer in it. Since a lot of people now carry around a computer with the appropriate capabilities and voice recognition has come along nicely, perhaps the I/O thing can be solved, too. I'm not sure a lot of people will go for wearing glasses full time, but if the value add is there, maybe I'm wrong.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?