After the monumental flop of the Glass frame, Google is trying its luck again in the consumer augmented reality sector with a new experiment. Starting in August, hand-picked Googlers and testers will indeed roam the real world (only in the United States, so is it really the real world, one wonders) with on the nose a prototype of AR glasses.
Unlike Glass, there will be no fanfare launch or buzzing buzz but a strategy of small steps. Google wants better understand how these devices can help people in their daily lives », just like the real-time translating glasses shown at Google I/O.
In particular, Google wants to test translation, transcription and navigation functions in augmented reality. The prototype looks like with normal glasses », with a screen in the glass, a microphone and a camera. However, there is no question of taking photos or videos, the data collected by these sensors will be used for visual research (to translate a menu, for example) and navigation.
After the experiment ends, the data will be deleted, unless the data is used for analysis or debugging purposes — in which case, the information will disappear after 30 days. An LED will indicate if image data is being saved for future analysis.
Testers will not be able to use the glasses in certain places, such as schools, churches, government buildings, demonstrations, etc. Google does not specify when this experimentation will stop, nor when a consumer product will come out of all this. This program echoes the Iris project more or less planned for 2024.
Project Iris: Google would develop its own augmented reality headset