AR Glasses Translating Your Conversations
The accumulated hours of Spanish lessons back in school, were they all just a waste of time? These Google AR glasses would suggest so. This Google prototype is basically bringing Google Translate into a real-time AR experience where you while having a conversation are provided with a translated overlay text.
The concept was yesterday demonstrated in a video at the Google I/O developers conference. “Language is so fundamental to communicating with each other,” explained Google CEO Sundar Pichai, but he noted that trying to follow someone who is speaking another language “can be a real challenge.” The Google AR translation glasses can be seen as a follow-up to the original Google Glass, launched in 2012, that sparked debate about public camera use and privacy in AR headsets and glasses. A decade after Google Glass, Google is now once again publicly testing smart glasses. Google wrote in a blog post that it will ship the translation AR glasses to dozens of people and testers to try out in select public settings. Let’s just hope its translations won’t get us into trouble.
What happened with Google Glass?
Google Glass, also known as Google AR glasses, was a wearable technology product developed by Google. It was a pair of glasses that included a small display and a built-in camera, allowing users to view augmented reality (AR) content on top of the real world. Google Glass was introduced in 2013, but it was discontinued in 2015 due to concerns about its privacy and usability. The product faced criticism for its potential to invade users’ privacy, as it allowed users to secretly record video and audio without other people being aware. There were also concerns about the potential for accidents or injuries while wearing the glasses, as they could distract users and obstruct their vision. Additionally, some people found the glasses to be bulky and awkward to wear, and they were not widely adopted by consumers. These factors led Google to discontinue the product and focus on other areas of technology. Some other companies have since released their own versions of AR glasses, but they have not gained the same level of popularity or widespread adoption as Google Glass.
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