Google unveiled what it calls "Project Glass" last week, giving the public a glimpse of what life might be like with a heads up display, or HUD, delivering digital updates right to your eyeball(s) in real time. This is like the visual equivalent of having a Bluetooth hands-free mic. I'm all for having fun with augmented reality and I think that there are some potentially vastly useful work applications for such a device, but I have a tough time swallowing the pill where this thing is going to take off as a daily aide to our empty, non-cyborg lives. The device is rumored to be called Google Eye and is also rumored to go on sale before year's end.
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My previous post was for a somewhat similar patent from Microsoft, and Apple has also filed a patent for a visual display device to compliment their iPad, etc. It looks like there is a race and Google wants to get there first, but I think that it is more about the execution than being first. Apple is well aware of this principle and this new post-Xbox 360 Microsoft is keen on R&D for future devices, ready to go all in on its vision of the future, as Kinect's success is proof of concept. I think it will be the "who does what" with it that will be most interesting.