You know those futuristic augmented reality glasses Google's been developing? A Googler recently posted a photo showing more of what you'll be able to do with the sci-fi spectacles.
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Google launched its Project Glass on Google+ last month, sending techies and futurists into a minor hysteria. The glasses -- which don't actually feature lenses, according to preliminary photos released by the company -- will project augmented reality images into wearers' field of vision. So when you wake up in the morning, for example, you'll see weather forecasts, appointments and online correspondences projected in front of your eyes. Google has already released a concept video for the devices, and posted shots of people modeling early designs (see gallery below).
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But this week, the world got another small glimpse at what the Google glasses will be able to do. Sebastian Thrun, a computer scientist and Google Fellow, posted a photo to his Google+ page of himself twirling his young son around in a circle. The shot shows a perfect point-of-view composition, with Thrun's arms and son in clear focus as the background grass blurs. It's not clear how he took the picture -- a voice command? Eye gesture? -- but the shot does indicate some pretty cool capabilities for the gadgets.
The New York Times reported in February that the glasses may be available to the public by the end of this year for roughly the cost of a smartphone -- indicating they are meant to be a consumer product. But a Google spokesperson told Mashable last month that the glasses going on sale in 2012 is "extremely unlikely."
What kind of P.O.V. shots would you take with Google glasses? Let us know in the comments.
Stephen, Google engineer
Thumbnail image via Sebastian Thrun.
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