NeoBytes :) What Google's 'connected' glasses will really be like [Update: Now with 'Windows Project Glass']

NeoBytes :) is a new, occasional little feature on Neowin that takes a second glance at some of the big stories in tech, with a cynical eye and a dose of humour.
 

Google officially confirmed this week that it's working on Project Glass, an effort to create a heads-up display with its own data connection that beams its interface and content directly at your eyeballs, with none of the oh-so-yesterday hassle of using a clunky smartphone.

Many people out there - especially the more hamfisted and sausage-fingered among you - rejoiced at the prospect of no longer being constrained by the limits of a touch interface, and Twitter was littered with eager fans practically spitting with excitement at the idea that this might soon be a real world product.

The concept video that Google posted to showcase the project was fabulous, of course - as such videos often are - but how realistic was it? How close to the concept will Google's glasses be when they make it into the real world? What will they really be like?


Disastrous, if Tom Scott's video is anything to go by:

...and it looks like Jimmy Kimmel agrees. That's certainly a more realistic ending to Google's concept vid than the original:

But you know what the big omission from Google's vid was? Ads, of course!


Much more authentic. Still want a pair?


Update: Of course, Google's competitors will be watching it closely to see what they can learn in developing their own rival products. This vision of reality augmented and seen through Microsoft's eye-Windows ("iWindows"? maybe not...) seems remarkably prescient:

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Lol these vids were awesome thanks for the article.

I suspect this is one of the first steps (similar things/setups have been done to varying degrees in the past) to achieving an eye based heads up display. I think it will happen over the coming years and probably be pretty popular depending on the Ad saturation

the version with all the google ads was very funny.. good job whoever made that one.

PS. these glasses are stupid.

The Laughing Man said,
Thought texting while driving was bad, this will worse.

Not necessarily; I have "Heads up display" in my car and it is much better than checking the regular instruments.

Funny but I don't buy it. Google knows how to do advertising and they will not ruin a product by something that invasive. Want proof? Turn on your Android device, assuming you have one. Send a text message, now make a phone call, and finally, take a picture. How many ad's did you see?

ILikeTobacco said,
Funny but I don't buy it. Google knows how to do advertising and they will not ruin a product by something that invasive. Want proof? Turn on your Android device, assuming you have one. Send a text message, now make a phone call, and finally, take a picture. How many ad's did you see?

Zero ad

ILikeTobacco said,
Funny but I don't buy it. Google knows how to do advertising and they will not ruin a product by something that invasive. Want proof? Turn on your Android device, assuming you have one. Send a text message, now make a phone call, and finally, take a picture. How many ad's did you see?

Do a google search for a youtube video, and then watch the video you were looking for. How many ads did you see?

Guys. The concept is sound and at this point is only that. It is very much possible to do and they are just going into territory that no one else has tried. I don't think they will put ads in the glasses mostly because it is something that you probably have to buy anyways. I mean come on. The Android OS isn't littered with ads and it is Google made.

P.S. - Free apps may have ads but that's because the app was free and it's the author of said app that chooses if it is ad-supported or not.

many experts have already said this is a huge fail on googles behalf, there is no way in hell these glasses will do anything like what it shows in the video.... MAJOR FAIL. google should just stick to advertising, which makes up 90% of revenue and they are actually good at it too.

korupt_one said,
many experts have already said this is a huge fail on googles behalf, there is no way in hell these glasses will do anything like what it shows in the video.... MAJOR FAIL. google should just stick to advertising, which makes up 90% of revenue and they are actually good at it too.

Way to be shortsighted

Any chance you can link to the videos as well, on wp7 we just get a 5x5 pixel placeholder where the embedded video should be, ta