2012
04.10

It’s always fun when Google’s secret projects go public—it’s like getting a peek at the man behind the curtain. Last week, the company revealed early designs for a pair of connected “glasses” that could bring us one step closer to seamless connectivity in our daily lives.

According to the company’s blog, “Project Glass” aims to build the kinds of technologies that help you explore and share your world. The Google[x] team behind Project Glass apparently envisions wearable technology as part of that vision—and they’re not alone. (See, for instance, what companies have created for babies and athletes.)

Most of today’s connected solutions require a device through which we can access realtime data and services. Take augmented reality as one example. Right now, if we want an AR experience, we probably download an app on our smartphone, which acts as a lens through which we interact with realtime augmented content.

Project Glass promises to change all of that. The “device” sits on your face like a normal pair of glasses, projecting all kinds of Web-generated information into your field of view. Best of all, you don’t have to touch anything.

Need turn-by-turn directions? Want to send a text to mom? You don’t have to look down at your phone and you don’t have to press a bunch of buttons; voice-activated commands do the work for you. Google’s teaser video even suggests the device may be capable of in-view video chat.

The possibilities seem endless, and if anyone can make this happen, it’s probably Google. The company doesn’t give any suggestions about when it plans to bring these Internet-connected glasses to market, but rumors suggest it could be available to the public by the end of the year. (We’ll see about that.)

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to get your cool-gadget fix. Come out to the 2012 Connected World Conference this summer in Chicago! On Monday, June 11, we’re having a Gadget Giveaway, featuring all kinds of connected devices you can touch, feel, and win.

Then, on Tuesday, June 12, from 3:55 p.m.-4:40 p.m., gadget geeks will love the “Developing that Game Changer” session where our panelists will talk about what it will take to develop that next great device. Come out and see us; it’s going to be our best event yet.

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