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Project Glass: Google Glasses

As you've probably been seeing, +Project Glass has launched on Google+, showing some initial prototypes of the Google Glasses. Here are two other must-read articles published today.

Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/google-begins-testing-its-augmented-reality-glasses/

Google Gets Transparent With Glass, Its Augmented Reality Project
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2012/04/epicenter-google-glass-ar/

For further reading, here's a roundup of my posts on AR/VR concepts, devices, and business implications.

Augmented Reality, part 1 (this changes everything)
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/81bnPJ1VStF

Augmented Reality, part 2
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/TLanu5FUWVY

List of major AR/VR display devices coming in 2012
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/guWCCKSpsXW

(Quora) What augmented reality app will be the most successful application of the technology long term?
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/Fp2gTfC5pdU

(Quora) What is Augmented Reality?
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/3ybxwWLjYhs

Natural User Interface (NUI)
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/XBckPCQ7RMB
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/MmfCEbkg6ky

Augmented Reality Concepts from Microsoft Research
Shared Workspaces, 3D Interaction, Wearable Multitouch Projector
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/ZPs6q7pHKxg
Augmented Reality with Kinect + Projector
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/WRNaKpB4tV8

Augmented Reality comes to JavaScript
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/i56Ab9uLbMM

Design Principles For Telepresence
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/Vb47B5QmH1F

Resurfacing: Projecting 3D Mappings
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/Fx1PKnuUDQh

AR/VR Contact Lenses
https://plus.google.com/117484352468587338564/posts/XpsJkVoUxZJ
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we'll see lots of development here in the next few years for sure
 
thank you for this rich post, excellent list of sources to dig through
 
Ahaha great parody! Very illustrative of the types of issues they will be facing, and I don't mean that at face value: the police wanting access to someone's lifelog would be a perfectly reasonable request if they have a warrant, just like for everything else we do, but the consumer perceptions of this stuff are pretty tricky, as we well know.
 
It will probably be considered against the law to wear them while driving. To much distraction.
 
Thanks for the collection of links to other sources +David Jacobs, I've missed a couple of them. But when I saw this movie earlier I immediately thought I bet David Jacobs is going to love this! :)
 
Gene Roddenberry never came up with something like this...or did he??
 
+Mark Bruce, that made me smile. :)

Obviously I've been trying to do my little part to promote new thinking and prepare people for these technologies. This big PR move from Google yesterday has massively raised awareness. Hopefully more people will start taking it seriously!
 
It will be interesting - predictable? - how the general public will react once they realise the general erosion of any form of public privacy is underway and unstoppable. Especially combined with systems such as the recently mentioned surveillance one able to match your face across 36 million faces per second (and when the key factors of facial structure can be indexed like webpages it'll be like Google searching billions per second). Step outside your house, have a conversation with someone and it will be recorded and stored on servers in another country.

Just imagine that demonstration: watching from someone's point of view as they walk through a moderately busy mall, with names suddenly appearing and floating above the head of everyone they pass.
 
+Mark Bruce, there will be challenges, no doubt. As you said, it is unstoppable. Slightly easing my mind is the general principle that the more data that is available, the less broadly that the data is used. Perhaps near-future capabilities would allow us to see the name of every stranger in a public place, but would we want to? It becomes an issue of information overload, promoting greater selectivity. Through Facebook, we can easily learn a lot of very personal information about co-workers or strangers that live near us, but when there is so much of it available, it becomes less and less relevant.

A small amount of personal information becoming public leads to feelings of exposure and real dangers. But in a sense, a huge amount of everyone's personal information becoming public actually restores privacy. It's the principle of being "anonymous in a large enough crowd".

To give an absurd and uncomfortable example that drives home the point, imagine the outcry if a few public bathrooms had cameras installed that were constantly live-streaming to the internet, with all historical footage available. How different is it if everyone's POV is constantly recorded and available to everyone else, such that 30 billion "bathroom moments" are uploaded to the internet per day? Strangely, that becomes less invasive because it is so commonplace that it isn't very interesting, and the privacy violations are "lost in the crowd".

It's an interesting paradox.
 
Great that this is finally becoming reality!
 
+Achim Liese +Rich Bradford and of course there was Gene Roddenberry's Holodeck!

Google's prototypes indicate that they are not focusing on immersive capabilities, but that will not be far behind. With multiple 3D/VR headsets launching this year and the obvious renewed interest in this concept for gaming consoles, it won't be long before the technical challenges are solved to enable hybrid AR/VR devices (without the lag and perspective problems that would currently affect fully camera-mediated reality). Combined with the NUI concepts I've discussed (see links above), we are well on our way to the Holodeck of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
 
Augmented Reality is a concept and a field of IT research which deals with the combination of real world and computer generated data.

It includes use of motion-tracking data, fiduciary marker recognition, using machine vision, and the construction of controlled environments containing any number of sensors and actuators.

The term was coined by Tom Caudell while at Boeing helping workers assemble cables into aircraft.

Augmented Reality has connections with virtual reality, the ubiquitous computing and wearable computers domains.

Augmented Reality has a great potential in multiple sectors and disciplines.

Some of the sectors and applications can be: Tourism (enhanced sightseeing), medical (surgery), military (wearable devices), aviation (flight simulation), education (virtual classroom), entertainment (games) and more.
Google is opening new doors and windows!

Wish you a happy Easter Holiday, David!

Have fun and take care!

Best,

Lucas
 
+David Jacobs yes, of course! But I think a holodeck is still a lot more sophisticated than anything we can accomplish today. It not only projects images, but simulates the presence of matter with a granularity so fine that human sensors (tactile, visual, ...) cannot distinguish it from reality. Imagine how many microscopic directed force fields (or something with a similar effect) you would need to create such a perfect simulation.

This is the best example of touchable holograms, I found so far:
http://www.physorg.com/news168797748.html
Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms
So, while I'm optimistic that one day we will have something like a holodeck, I think there is still a long way to go.

P.S.: Some years ago, when the first ideas of augmented reality came up, there were often mentioned scenarios where this technology could help engineers -- and a host of other workers that monitor big complex machines -- by guiding them to the sector where the failure is happening, superimposing the circuit diagram and possibly the part of the engine that is most likely to have failed together with repair infos. This could significantly improve speed and quality of surveillance and repair of complex machines or factories.

Curiously, current application scenarios mostly deal with personal information services and entertainment.

If you are fascinated by augmented reality, you should read the books "Daemon" and "Freedom" by +Daniel Suarez. I found lots of interesting ideas, how this technology could change human society.
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