Is Google trying to kill us?
That’s the question some New Yorkers might be asking after seeing the video that outlines Google’s vision for the future.
The company has unveiled “Project Glass.” It has in mind building glasses that essentially function as a heads-up display. According to the video, the glasses would project turn-by-turn directions, notify you when you receive emails, alert you to nearby friends, take photos and video chat.
That’s a lot of information to handle when you’re just trying to walk down a crowded city street – let alone trying to cross it.
“We believe technology should work for you – to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t,” Google said. “A team with our Google[x] group started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.”
The video suggests how the glasses might work.
Apparently tilting your head up would bring up the time, weather and any incoming messages or reminders you may have.
The video suggests you’d be able to send a text message simply by speaking.
You would also get an indicator when you are nearby certain landmarks. The video depicts a notification popping up as the wearer nears a 6 subway stop – including an alert that service has been temporarily suspended. The glasses would also provide a map function to suggest alternate routes. The glasses would also provide turn by turn directions. You can also “check in” at locations using them.
You’d be able to instantly snap a shot from the glasses and share it online. In addition, you might also be also to stream live video from your glasses of what you’re seeing.