Google is a company of ideas. Having already dominated search, Google is now looking to dominate the smartphone market, create driverless cars, and it’s in the early stages of one of its most ambitious projects yet. Seemingly lifted from a sci-fi movie, Google’s Project Glass is a small headset that combines Android and voice actions into an augmented reality overlay that appears right in front of you. These (somewhat) stylish glasses will deliver text alerts, GPS navigation, real-time weather data, and much more right before your eyes.
Project Glass provides a peek into Google’s ambitions with artificial intelligence and shows where the company is heading with AI software. But consumers won’t be trading in their iPhones for Android-powered glasses anytime soon. Google co-founder Sergey Brin admits that it’s still “many months, if not years” away from reality. Still, Google is working to bring these devices to market so that users can experience the world in a whole new way.
“We think technology should work for you – to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t,” the developers said in a Google+ page introducing the project. “We started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.”
Although Project Glass isn’t ready for primetime, that didn’t stop Brin from teasing a pair of prototype glasses at a recent charity event in San Francisco. Google also released a video introducing the new project, which you can check out below.