In a visit with Google, reporters from CNET learned that the company's Google Glasses project will not function exactly like the augmented reality displayed in the original demonstration video, at least to start out.
The project was originally announced at the beginning of April, accompanied by a video showing off an impressive mock demonstration of the concept in action, with lots of visual overlays filled with all sorts of information and interactive elements.
However, the interface has since been changed to show information above the wearer's usual line of sight, instead of directly on top of whatever the user is looking at. According to a Google spokesperson, the information will be displayed "about where the edge of an umbrella might be.
"It's still too early to know what the functions and UI will be," a Google employee told CNET reporter Rafe Needleman, though the employee went on to say that the included functions will be the "simple interactions that are making people the most excited." A confirmed inclusion is photo sharing, as Google X Lab founder Sebastian Thrun has already been posting photos from his Google Glasses on the team's Google+ page.
CNET reports that even though Google Glasses have made public appearances as worn by Google employees, it will probably be a while before the public can try them on. Even Needleman was not allowed to wear them during CNET's visit.