THE NEW GOOGLE GLASS IS COMING IN AUGUST
After long laboratory tests, Google would like to confront its augmented reality glasses with reality. The firm will therefore begin a test phase from August “in the real world”.
Obviously, this will initially be a small-scale test with just a few dozen Google employees. Like Google Glass, these glasses integrate cameras, microphones and screens.
DON’T REPEAT GOOGLE GLASS SCANDALS
However, to avoid reviving the scandals that had tainted Google Glass, the firm immediately warns: it will be impossible to photograph or film with the cameras. They will therefore be there to allow the glasses to be identified or to help the user. They will be able, for example, to translate the menu of a restaurant in real time.
The firm repeatedly stresses the importance of respecting the privacy of testers and their relatives. Thus, we feel that the lesson has been learned, even if 10 years after Google Glass, this seems to be less of a problem for our society which has welcomed Snapchat Spectacles.
Google finally launches real tests of its incredible futuristic AR glasses
After having made its mark with professionals, the new version of augmented reality smart glasses now wants to find its place with individuals. For this, Google plans to test its product from next month with a limited audience. This life-size test phase will be done through a hand-picked panel of testers.
Testing to better determine the most useful features for everyday use
During Google I/O 2022, the firm presented the prototype of the new version of its smart glasses in augmented reality. During the event, the multinational indicated that the product was designed to help users better adapt to their environment. Thus, a person who goes to a country whose language he does not master correctly could use the glasses to communicate correctly with the inhabitants.
Google plans to add features to its glasses that can help with translation, navigation, transcription and visual search. In order to determine which options will be more useful to users in the future.
According to a blog post published on July 19, 2022, Google plans to send the prototype to a few dozen people and trusted testers. These will have the mission to use them in environments determined in advance. The information collected will then be used by the development team to determine the features that will be added to the new Google Glass intended for the general public.
Strictly supervised use for prototypes
Google has put in place restrictions and measures to frame this testing period for its new product. Testers will not be allowed to use the prototypes as they wish.
There are a number of places testers will not be able to use the trial goggles. These include schools, places of worship, grounds of worship, public buildings and hospitals. According to the clauses, the prototypes must also not be used during rallies, demonstrations or any such place. Google also prohibits testers from using it while driving any type of vehicle.
Finally, it should be noted that the prototypes will be equipped with integrated cameras, microphones and screens. Accessories that will allow the glasses to recognize the environments in which they find themselves as well as the languages thanks to artificial intelligence.
Google has not yet made any communication about the date on which it intends to launch the marketing of the new AR glasses for the general public. There is no doubt that this will happen quickly once the full-scale tests are conclusive.
Google will test a prototype of augmented reality glasses in the real world
After the monumental flop of the Glass1 frame, Google is trying its luck again in the consumer augmented reality sector with a new experiment. Starting in August, hand-picked Googlers and testers will indeed roam the real world (only in the United States, so is it really the real world one might wonder) with on the nose a prototype of AR glasses.
Unlike Glass, there will be no fanfare launch or buzzing buzz but a strategy of small steps. Google wants to “better understand how these devices can help people in their everyday lives”, like these real-time translating glasses shown at Google I/O.
In particular, Google wants to test translation, transcription and navigation functions in augmented reality. The prototype looks like “normal glasses”, with a screen in the glass, a microphone and a camera. However, there is no question of taking photos or videos, the data collected by these sensors will be used for visual research (to translate a menu, for example) and navigation.
After the experiment ends, the data will be deleted, unless the data is used for analysis or debugging purposes — in which case, the information will disappear after 30 days. An LED will indicate if image data is being saved for future analysis.
Testers will not be able to use the glasses in certain places, such as schools, churches, government buildings, demonstrations, etc. Google does not specify when this experimentation will stop, nor when a consumer product will come out of all this. This program echoes the Iris project more or less planned for 2024.
Google will start testing AR glasses in public this fall
Google has announced that it will test prototypes of augmented reality (AR) in public starting in September – partly because it wants to see how they perform in the real world and impact people and also because it needs to better understand how its AR navigation features will handle the weather.
The company said on Tuesday it was working on concepts such as AR glasses that display real-time translations, but it needs to test the prototypes outdoors.
“This will allow us to better understand how these devices can help people in their daily lives,” Google wrote in a blog post. “And as we develop experiences like AR navigation, it will help us take into account factors like weather and busy intersections – which can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to fully recreate indoors.”
On a support page, Google revealed that it will be testing a “small number” of prototypes in parts of the United States this fall.
Testers of Google’s augmented reality prototypes will undergo “training on devices, protocols, privacy and security” and will be subject to “strict limitations” on where they can operate. The activities they can perform using the prototypes will also be limited. The augmented reality prototypes are meant to look like regular glasses, but feature an internal screen and “visual and audio sensors” such as a microphone, camera and LED indicator.
Despite the presence of an LED, Google pointed out that its prototypes do not currently allow taking photos or videos. But it is actively developing features like voice transcription and translation, text translation, and navigation.
Google will again test augmented reality glasses in public
The new glasses are not yet a product and are not available to the public, but Google wants to test applications such as real-time translation or displaying user directions inside the glasses lenses, in especially in environments such as busy intersections.
The tests represent a significant step forward in Google’s development of augmented reality, a technology that many Silicon Valley residents believe could be a game changer in computing like the smartphone and PC before it. Augmented reality superimposes computer-generated images on the real world, unlike virtual reality, which completely immerses the viewer in an artificial world or “metaverse”.
By announcing its intention to test in public, Google is also trying to get ahead of the kind of privacy concerns that helped sink Google Glass, one of the first augmented reality devices, nearly a decade ago.
Google Glass had a front-facing camera, and critics feared users were recording people without their permission. Glasses wearers have been given a derogatory nickname, and in 2014 a woman wearing glasses said she was attacked in a San Francisco bar. Eventually, Google repurposed eyewear to focus on business customers rather than consumers.