Apr 04 AT 11:31 AM Anthony Domanico 96 Comments

Google’s augmented reality glasses get real, enter testing


Google’s Project Glass is the team quietly working on Google’s augmented-reality glasses project, which will provide users with smartphone functionality without the smartphone. On it’s Google+ brand page, the Project Glass team has announced that the glasses are real, and have begun testing at Google HQ.

While it’ll still be months (or years) before the glasses are officially up for public consumption, Google has released a nifty video to show us what the future of augmented reality could be.

We recently conducted a poll as to whether people were actually interested in Google glasses, and a whopping 66% of you responded with a resounding YES! Obviously, people who read Android and Me are the early adopters, and we have to wonder how Android-powered glasses would perform in the general public. The glasses are rumored to go on sale sometime next year, and will likely cost about as much as today’s smartphones, so we won’t have to wait too long to see our dreams for a  Star Trek future come to life.

Who out there is as stoked as we are for Google’s glasses vision to come to reality? Sound off in the comments.

Via: The Verge

Source: Google+

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I think these look absolutely amazing! They’ll need to find the right balance of getting your attention yet without being distracting. And clearly, they’ll need a few iterations to make this a product that everybody wants. That said, this is some REALLY cool stuff!

    We’re not far off from becoming cyborgs with this kind of stuff happening! ;-)

  • Joel

    ME ME ME ME!
    This would really be an industry ground breaker. Its important that Google is first and foremost in this venture. If they execute usability and functionality properly – the shouldnt have a huge issue with pricing.

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    I’d like to know how often during testing one of the Google staffers just ran up to someone and said “I’m from the future and it’s of dire importance that you help me.”

    Cause I bet that would work.

    • Joel

      That would really jack someone’s day up…cause even if they ignore the tester n think hes joking, after seeing those glasses on his face they would think….”..what if….nah…maybe…nah, no way” lol

    • http://nickvettesephotography.com Nicholas Vettese

      That would be funny. Hopefully they would video it and put it online.

    • cthonctic

      Even better, just ask random bystanders what year it is and when they tell you shout “it worked!” and run off. ^^

  • cwjones4

    one of the coolest things i have ever seen. i like how unobtrusive they are as well. wow

    • ranwanimator

      Unobtrusive only because they haven’t turned on the location based push ads yet.

  • spazby

    i am speechless, the possibilies are pretty much endless, go google

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    Incredible! I like how it’s not very intrusive.

  • Rushir Parikh

    I hope they do a public like they did with the CR48!

  • http://www.mlswanson.com SparkyXI


    • Joel

      Half off if you include your first born, completely free if you throw in virgin daughters.

      Gotta love discounts.

      • guest

        LOL! Uh I’d wait until they finish testing before I’d pay a price that high, sorry

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        What if your first born is a virgin daughter? Does she count for both?

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Hahahaha, my reaction exactly! I stole your comment as my own for my various social media shares.

      So, y’know, piracy is flattery, or whatever the saying is.

  • ranwanimator

    I simultaneously think these are awesome and yet bring us one step closer to the tubs of goo on hover chairs on Wall-E who only ever interact with people through the vid screen.

    • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

      I think about that every now and then and the only reason why it bothers me is because it has some truth behind it. <:|

  • http://nickvettesephotography.com Nicholas Vettese

    Honestly, I am a fanboy (of Android of course), and I would like to hand my money to them right now to be the first one to get these. There can be NO downside to these. None! :)

    But please, get these to the public next week, and while all the Appleheads are yapping to their phones, we will again have innovation on our side. Imagine all the flocks of people coming to Android to have that ecosystem? AWESOME doesn’t even cut it.

    Okay, bye now!

  • Gir

    Now if they can make that into an attachment that will go along other glasses that would be boss!

  • Nate B.

    Amazing! Google needs to take this, Nexus line of phones & upcoming Nexus tablets to the moon. Exploit it & take off. Don’t be nazi like, but set it strait. Way to much potential.

  • MoSDeeb

    I’m in awe actually. The video just made me think of when and where i can throw my money

  • dacatalyst41


    Is there a testing team I can sign up to be a part of?!!!

  • boone simpson

    the tech looks awesome, I do hate the hipster Ukulele BS though.

  • HardNoks

    Ho. Lee. Crap.

    I honestly was a bit skepticle when I first heard about this because I didn’t want to get my hopes up. But this…this is awesome

  • spintrex

    What if I don’t use glasses?!

    • thekaz

      These aren’t full lens glasses. I think a more important question is what if I DO use glasses. I do. And I am hoping there will also be some sort of clip-on solution for those of use who do use glasses.

      I definitely cannot wear these and my glasses at the same time. Likewise, I am not sure I want the added expense of getting prescription full lenses as part of this solution.

      Other than that, these ARE pretty cool…

      • Joshua

        LMAO! If you still wear “glasses” then you are not futurized enough to get these bud. You need to make the next logical step in evolution of technology and get Lasik surgery. Then, you can have these. If you are still wearing glasses you don’t pass the “i’m tech geekie enough” to get these. Sorry…

        I had Lasik about 4 years ago now and every year i put it off was a complete waste of money. I should have done it a lot sooner!!!!

      • spintrex

        I figured the glasses were not full lens and don’t believe there will be a set of prescription set lens for those that need it.

  • epps720

    This is AMAZING! If it works anywhere near as seamlessly as the video shows this has to be a big hit.

    On the downside while the glasses are a million time better than I would have ever expected just wearing frames looks pretty odd. If they could put that screen in the corner of a regular set of glasses that would be perfect!

  • McLovin

    I almost bought in to something like this back in 2002. It was a wearable computer from Xybernaut Corporation called Poma. I think it was $1400 back then. It was basically a head mounted display VGA liquid crystal 640×480 with display, a hand mouse and Windows CE running on a hip mounted PDA. All this cool stuff vaporized soon after the tech crash of 2000.


    It’s nice to see this coming around again. I will definitely be looking closely at this again.

  • WlfHart

    Very spiffy. I wonder what Google will do with access to lots of people’s daily vision.

  • dVyper

    That video was excellent.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    forget Lasik, I’m gonna get me some Google Glasses instead!


  • Mark

    How would your eyes be able to focus on something so close?

    • http://daniel.friesen.name dantman

      You don’t. Everything like this works by creating two separate images. One image for your left eye and another for your right eye. And you can even create 3d by sending two different images to the eyes.

      • Anthony E

        Except for the part where the device in the photos only has ONE lens.

    • Aerohix

      I think it projects a defocused image based on your pupils dilatation or something like that…

      • Dave

        ummm, okay. too much star trek?

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    So I’m guessing you use the viewfinder (or whatever you call it) to target items like in Google Goggles, and then it scans it? Does it communicate to your smartphone via bluetooth and use your phone’s data? I’m curious how many real world applications it will have.

    Looks like I need to visit the source link!

  • TruFactz

    Now thats technology. Keep at it google.

  • surg3d

    Wow! This looks SWEET!!!!!! And just imagine the possibilities when devs start making independent apps for it!

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

    Def count on me walkin’ around the city unknowingly staring at people and talking to myself after these come out.

    Resistance is futile.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Awesome, would love to try one of those at least for a day.

  • Dave

    Google is awesome but wtf. Two things strike me. First the hilariousness of Anthony writing that “it’ll still be months” before people can buy them. I personally believe no one ever will be able to buy them and certainly not within the next couple of years (I know he adds “or years” but still, even thinking a release this year is even possible is just ridiculous).

    Secondly – is a perfect life one where you never have to interact with someone face to face? Even to ask a store clerk where the book-section is? I consider myself a geek but I’m not THAT socially incompetent. Come on.

    • Ben

      Yeah isn’t it so cool to video chat with someone to play them a nice song and see a sunset… What’s actually cool is experiencing the world for yourself and sharing that sunset in person…

      Also as someone else said, google didn’t show you how they will make money off this… How they will constantly be looking for signs and when you walk past subway they will blast a subway commercial in your face… Or something similar.

      • Johnathan Prochaska

        What if the person isn’t in the same city as you but they can experience what you experience? Or what if you are on vacation and you want to show someone from home the view? It isn’t always possible to experience things in person with everyone you know.

  • fletchtb

    These look way cooler than I imagined. I originally expected something like Geordie LaForge would wear, but these look great. I would love to get my hands on a set!

  • Tojen

    Hopefully they’ll have a way to switch which eye you can put it over. Give us lefties some love too. Lol

  • Stella

    This is awesome!!! The possibilities are limitless. I can see the glasses being using by the masses, companies and the government. Google has a winner on their hands. Looking forward to seeing the final product.

    The future’s so bright that you gotta wear Google’s augmented-reality glasses…I tried and fail. :-D

  • ewalker41

    How long until Google Contact lenses? :)

    I loved the video but I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable wearing them. Then again, I remember the day long ago when I saw someone talking on a cellular telephone in public and I thought I’d never do that too. Ha.

    • msgnyc

      Contacts wouldnt work.
      You would have no way of focusing on anything. When your eye moves to look at something the contact lense would move with it.
      You would be like the dog chasing his own tail. =P

      • http://daniel.friesen.name dantman

        That’s not the issue with contacts. The issue right now is even being able to create a nano thin screen like that with the wireless capability to communicate.

        What you describe isn’t an issue. All the device has to do is track the movement of the screen (something which shouldn’t be much harder than creating a nano thin screen with wireless receiving) and the computer will know how to adjust the contents displayed to the eye to create the same effect that moving your eyes around creates with something not attached to them.

        Frankly contact lenses / retina projection will work even better than screen based glasses (unless they’re already using retina projection — they don’t seem to say — which would be awesome).

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Hopefully google integrates it with the next Android especially the next nexus. And nexus tablet for flawless integration

  • kazahani

    I’m holding out for Google Eyeballs!

  • sota767

    Getting the HUD to display at a nice resolution and unobtrusively seems to be the constant sticking point with this idea. If they can nail the display then I think they’re set.

    All the rest of the tech – Bluetooth, tiny high-res cameras, stereo wireless headphones, noise canceling mics, ample portable cpu power – are already here.

    • Joshua

      I agree “most” of the things are there but there is definitely one thing that is NOT there. Battery capability. How on earth would this thing last a day. I don’t even think there is enough to get solar power charging these. Honestly there are many possibilities available technology wise but battery life is a sore spot and hopelessly stuck in the stoneage. There is no way they have enough battery power to keep these things going….

  • virexed

    Saw the video several minutes ago and I’m now I’m humming that song. I get the point Google, you own me!

  • e.friedman1992

    If you think people look like they’re talking to themselves while using a bluetooth headset, this looks even worse. it looks like your giving commands to yourself =)

    But I’m still gonna buy one on launch day =P

  • alexanderharri3

    *walks up and says “Text mom – I like dudes; send”

    Glasses on….whooops. The one thing that will need to happen before this becomes anything is filtering to only work on your voice – too many voices out there for an always-on headset. But it’s quite a cool, sci-fi idea

  • k1ngcor3y

    OVER 9000!!!!?

  • jlschulz

    they can’t even get Ics out, can’t imagine what a mess these things would be. maybe its time they just go back to being a search engine.

    • http://nickvettesephotography.com Nicholas Vettese

      They got ICS out just fine. Just another FanBoi trolling to see what the beautiful people do. I guess you are checking out the Android world because Apple has stop all innovation in lieu of litigation.

      • Joshua

        hmm, 2.9% of phones on ICS. I think you shouldn’t call him a fanboi for stating actual hard numerical facts….

    • Iria

      I’ve been using ICS since december, so, is it out?

  • CJ LaFleur

    I want these more than ANYTHING right now!!!! Just take my money and give me a pair of these!!!! I can’ wait!!!!

  • aranea

    I used to play RPG including cyberpunk. These glasses remind me of the smartglasses I always wore. They were directly integrated into your optic nerve tough. I guess we need to wait a few more years for that :)

  • dinodxynez

    Woohoo!!!! I can’t wait!!!!!!! Go Google, the real Brainiac Computer Construct!!!!

  • Schmidty850

    Oh My GOD !!!! I would love to have these.

  • classic_hero

    if they can implement prescription lenses, then anyone can use this. Day one purchase for me

  • stylecrate

    google better patent everything in the video so apple can’t try anything even remotely similar!!!

    • Aerohix

      Sincerely, I hate patents. And everything related to.
      Knowledge should be open source

  • thecityboy781

    Thats a Scouter from DBZ lol

  • stack

    Im glad to see Google is having fun. Happy employees make more creative products. People are going to say they are ridicules, but this may be a ridiculous i would like in a couple of years.

  • Aerohix

    First thing I thought:
    “IT’S OVER 9000″

  • Johnathan Prochaska

    Imagine going to a concert and being able to find your friends because there is an indicator floating over their heads (with their permission of course). Or your car breaks down and you open the hood and your glasses “talk” with your car to tell you what is wrong and shows you how to fix it. Or you get a new IKEA tv stand and your glasses show you step by step how to put it together.

    Google needs to think out of the box. The biggest problem with companies imagining the future is that they try to put our current situation in the future while changing only one aspect and limit the possibilities. Thing broader Google! That being said, I want one right this minute.

    I could see all kinds of apps that could be used with this.

  • LittleGreenDude

    Totally epic.

  • graywolf323

    unless they can make prescription lenses of these I’m screwed :(

    though given how much prescription augmented reality glasses would probably cost I’d probably be left out regardless

    • Cheryl

      No kidding…I see fine far away (20/20 vision) but up close I need reading glasses…just wondering how these would work for someone like me…I’d love these but would they work????

  • Al *not* Bundy

    I have to get new eyeglasses every couple years. The only way I’m gonna get these is if they make a (non conspicuous) clip on version that doesn’t add unnecessary weight. I really want these, but I’m reluctant to be an early adopter. Tons more research has to be done in order to get the most out of something that may very well be so far ahead of its time it might as well be a tricorder from star trek.

  • Marine

    Awe yeah! Love Google and love every single product by Google!
    Have you seen another leaked video on Project Glass?
    See here; http://bit.ly/Hfe0yM

  • smeghead68

    Is there warnings about holding your cell phone close to your head for prolonged periods of time? How is these going to go over when you have to wear them around your skull constantly all day long!!!!

    Brain tumor lawsuit coming right up!!!!!

    • http://daniel.friesen.name dantman

      Well… ignoring the fact that it STILL hadn’t even been proven that they cause cancer. (And you’d have to negate key things we know about cancer and what cell phones emit to do that; as well as the fact it wouldn’t even be a brain tumor)
      That only applies to the high power of cell phone antennas. Hence a device like this falls under the same category as wearing a bluetooth headset. NOT using a cell phone.

  • khenie

    r u kidding me? this is too good to be truth! this is awesome! AWESOME!! I WANT ONE NOW PLEASE! love technology!!! i never want to die please god dont let me die!! :/

  • Sdude

    I was not aware they would cost so much dose this mean I would have to have a separate data plan?

  • Dave

    I still think Google is trolling.

  • spintrex

    What would be really crazy is having this tech with contact lens LOL

  • jenskristian

    That looks AWESOME (except for the talking to yourself part)! :)

  • NasLAU

    I would love to have some but you know google’s stuff is going to be a half baked. Forever Beta.

  • Shawn Clark

    This is some awesome tech here…im wondering what them other fanboys thinkin of this?…although this may be the testing sessions…who else where thinkin of ideas like this?…and it looks and seems to be functioning fine to me.

  • ManiaX

    Will it really be pratical to walk around with notifications in front of your eyes?

  • Axl Hill

    Looks amazing only one thing i can see going wrong, if it works on 3G it could be incredibly slow and having no internet connection would render these useless

  • Mr Mark

    I can’t imagine it will be very nice viewing such stuff through one eye, whilst the other eye can’t see it. Dual lens glasses with an overlay will obviously work, but just for one eye seems horrible.

  • Ahmad El Ali

    This is realy cool but like i would like to say that what about the people wearing glasses like wont it be weird to buy these and like seem to wear 2 glasses at the same time i would prefer to say maybe you can keep a place where you can attach the glasses to :-)
    BTW i love this