Google Shows Off High-Tech Computer 'Glasses'

Company offers a peek at Project Glass
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2012 5:18 PM CDT

That report in the New York Times several weeks ago was right on the money: Google is working on a pair of "eyeglasses" that functions as a computer of sorts. The company today unveiled Project Glass with a post on Google Plus, notes A person straps on the glasses, and texts, emails, weather, you name it, shows up in the field of vision. And look out, Siri, it's voice-activated. They're not for sale yet, but the company is starting to test the glasses in public, adds the Times, which says the concept can theoretically work on contact lenses, too.

"As silly as the idea may look or sound to some, I find merit in the approach as it seems like a logical next step," writes Kevin C. Tofel at GigaOm. "We’ve gone from immobile desktops to portable laptops and now we’re toting tablets and pocketable smartphones. Where can we go from here if not to the growing number of connected, wearable gadgets that we’ve been reporting on for well over a year?" One key question: Whether the device ultimately will be stand-alone or run by a smartphone, notes CNN. (More Google stories.)

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