Google’s Project Glass demo is certainly the coolest hardware demo so far this year. Behind the scenes is something equally intriguing: artificial-intelligence software. The augmented-reality glasses, which Google co-founder Sergey Brin was spotted wearing sometime before, created a huge buzz Wednesday when Google released a video showing, from the wearer’s perspective, how they could be used.
In the video, the small screen on the glasses flashes information right on cue, allowing the wearer to set up meetings with friends, get directions in the city, find a book in a store, and even videoconference with a friend. The device itself has a small screen above the right eye on wrap-around glasses which have no lenses.
For the most part, the augmented-reality glasses do what a person could do with a smartphone, such as look up information and socialize. But the demo also shows glimpses of an artificial intelligence (AI) system working behind the scenes. It’s the AI system that could make mobile devices, including wearable computers, far more powerful and take on more complex tasks, according to an expert.
“The new thing that Google was showing was the interaction model using new hardware, rather than truly showing the potential of such a device,” said Lars Hard, the chief technology officer of AI software company Expertmaker. “AI can actually enhance and improve different decision situations.”
The Project Glass hardware was operated primarily by voice commands, an indicator of Google’s work on voice recognition for mobile devices like Apple’s Siri. Siri, which has been well-received, translates spoken commands into actions for the iPhone, such as looking up information or making appointments. Google is reportedly working on voice-recognition software for Android.
The google plus page for the project says :
We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.
A video released yesterday from Tom Scott called Google Glasses: A new way to hurt yourself showed a steady stream of information distracting the wearer and the voice recognition backfiring. Another video from Rebellious Pixels superimposes ads, based on Google searches, on Google’s demo video popping up incessantly.
Source: cnet.com, youtube.com