The project was revealed with a two and a half minute video of the world as seen by an AR wearer. It shows how information and integrated features will appear for the user’s convenience – from messages with diary appointments, Google mapping services, a camera, video calling facility and weather forecasts. The services are triggered by an action or the situation that the user is in. The glasses appear to allow music and other audio to be heard, although earphones are not apparent.
While the glasses have initiated discussion over whether people will want a constant stream of information in their face, there’s one thing for sure: at some point in the future, AR technology will become a reality.
In Australia, Explore Engage has been working in the area for some time. The entrepreneurial company, which has been recognised with a 2012 StartupSmart Award has developed initial prototypes and undertaken extensive industrial design and development in the past year. mivision reported on their work in January 2011. Apple, Sony and Microsoft are also in the race.