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Google X founder Thrun demonstrates Project Glass on TV show

updated 12:05 am EDT, Fri April 27, 2012

Takes picture, posts it on Google+

Google X (formerly Labs) founder Sebastian Thrun debuted a real-world use of his latest endeavor Project Glass during an interview on the syndicated Charlie Rose show which aired yesterday, taking a picture of the host and then posting it to Google+, the company's social network. Thrun appeared to be able to take the picture through tapping the unit, and posting it online via a pair of nods, though the project is still at the prototype stage at this point.

In addition to the picture (seen below), Thrun also talked about how the glasses could be used to compose email via voice activated commands (though he did not demonstrate any voice commands during the interview), or having incoming messages read back into the wearer's ear. Less noticeable, but still visible from some angles, was a large battery-like box connected to the glasses but hidden behind Thrun's head.

The "glasses" sit higher than the normal field of view, so as not to obstruct normal vision, but users will someday be able to glance up to see incoming data or augmented reality, such as live map directions or information on businesses, incoming texts or email. Google has said that the project will eventually work with or be incorporated into future types of prescription glasses. In a concept video released earlier this month, users are shown controlling the device mostly through voice commands.

When a more practical or marketable version of the project might appear for sale is unknown, but if the company can work out some of the obstacles (many of which are simply limits of present-day technology), the device or something similar may eventually replace the smartphone as an always-ready, go-to device for everyday communication and other functions.



Picture taken by Thrun





Battery pack (?) noticed by viewers









by MacNN Staff

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