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Google Video Shows Its Vision for Smart Glasses

  • April 4, 2012

A video released by Google today confirms rumors that the company has been working on glasses that display maps, incoming messages, and other information in your field of view. 

The video shows a person using the voice-activated goggles to take photos, share video of what they are looking at with friends, get directions, and receive messages. The technology looks similar to that of Recon Instruments, which makes inserts for ski goggles that display things like speed or air time during a jump. However, unlike this impressive video released from Google’s self driving car project last week, this one looks more like a concept reel than a demonstration of an actual working gadget. It also doesn’t answer the question of what it takes to make the odd-looking glasses socially acceptable.

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