The first official images of Google’s Project Glass caused quite a stir earlier this week, but as there was no release date attached or a feature list of any type, after the initial excitement died down, many wondered how long it would be until we saw a real pair of Google’s augmented reality specs.
Tech pundit Robert Scoble got the answer at a charity event yesterday, where he met Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who was wearing a very special — and likely extremely expensive — pair of specs.
Sergey confided in Robert that the glasses were a Project Glass prototype, although he didn’t pass them around for everyone to have a try. In fact, the glasses were so unobtrusive, Robert notes that few people would have noticed they were anything other than regular spectacles, despite the blue glow they projected onto Sergey’s eye.
He snapped a picture or two and kindly shared them on Google Plus.
Doubts over the Project Glass experience
Despite this early appearance, Google still has a way to go before Project Glass is ready for sale, and there are those who’re warning that what we saw in the promo video may not be anything like the real thing.
In a blog post, Blair MacIntyre, the director of Augmented Environments at Georgia Tech, says Google’s video has “created a level of over-hype and over-expectation” as what we see on screen goes way beyond what’s possible “in the mid-term.”
He calls the stability, quality and depth of the image “fake,” and the wide field of view being very difficult to achieve using the design of the glasses seen in the accompanying pictures.
MacIntyre also clarifies that what we’re seeing is a heads-up display and not augmented reality in the truest sense of the word, indicating there’s some buzzword marketing in effect at Google.
The creator of the SixthSense wearable computer, Pranav Mistry, told Wired.com the same thing, saying “the small screen [on the glasses] seen in the photos cannot give the experience the video is showing.”
Google has made it quite clear Project Glass is nowhere near ready for public consumption, and the promo video is more of what could be possible, rather than what will be possible. Don’t forget, Google gave us this early look at Project Glass to open a conversation, and the video is necessary to spark our interest.
Others believe the Project Glass experience won’t be exactly like we see in Google’s video either, as it hasn’t included Google’s love of serving us with adverts. Take a look at the spoof video below to see what a Google Ads-enhanced version of Project Glass could be like.