A decade after Google Glass debuted at I/O 2012, Google is working on a new set of augmented reality glasses. The company teased the device at I/O 2022, sharing a short clip that showed off some of its capabilities. We saw an “early prototype” of the wearable transcribe a conversation in real time, effectively providing captions to the wearer. Google also demonstrated the prototype translating a conversation from English to Spanish, allowing a non-English speaker to conduct a conversation with the Google employee speaking to them.
Google didn’t say when it plans to release the wearable it showed off today. We’ll also note that the teaser video the company released during its presentation included text at the bottom of the frame stating that what it was showing was a “simulated point of view”, suggesting that the final interface may be drastically different from the one Google showed. today.
Google’s cautious approach of sharing too many details before the device is ready is understandable. While Google Glass is still available to enterprise customers, it’s fair to say that wearable never really took off the way the company envisioned. In addition to privacy concerns, the “Glasshole” label has made it difficult for Google to sell wearable AR to consumers.
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