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Google is publicly testing augmented reality glasses that will use Maps and Translate 10 years after Glass failed

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Google hopes its new augmented reality glasses will help with a range of different tasks, including how to get from point A to point B or translate menus.
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Google is publicly testing augmented reality glasses that will include Maps and Translator in the spec — a decade after the failure of Google Glass.

  • Google is testing new augmented reality glasses with select testers and in-house employees next month.
  • The glasses will allow you to translate menus and navigate from point A to point B.
  • “These prototypes will include in-lens displays, microphones and cameras, but they will have strict limits on what they can do,” the company said in a statement.
  • The latest attempt was made a decade after Google Glass, which was widely criticized and not adopted by consumers.

Google will begin testing AR glasses ten years after its previous attempt in the field, dubbed Google Glass, failed.

The tech giant announced that a small select group of “trusted” testers and company employees will begin using new augmented reality devices next month to see how they affect people’s daily lives.

Google hopes augmented reality glasses can help with a range of different tasks, including how to get from point A to point B or translate the menu right in front of you into another language.

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Google hopes its new augmented reality glasses will help with a range of different tasks, including how to get from point A to point B or translate menus.

“These prototypes will include in-lens displays, microphones and cameras, but they will have severe limitations on what they can do,” the California tech giant said in a blog post.

The AR prototypes do not support photo and video capture, although image data will be used to enable features such as menu translation or directions to the nearest location.

“It’s early now and we want to get it right, so we’re taking it slowly, with a focus on protecting the privacy of testers and the people around them,” Google product manager Juston Payne wrote in a blog post about the new product.

“These research prototypes look like regular glasses, have an in-lens display and audio and visual sensors such as a microphone and camera,” Google said in a post on the testing support page.

“These prototypes will include in-lens displays, microphones and cameras, but they will have severe limitations on what they can do,” the California tech giant said in a blog post.

“These prototypes will include in-lens displays, microphones and cameras, but they will have severe limitations on what they can do,” the California tech giant said in a blog post.

“The magic really comes to life when you can use them in the real world without getting in the way of technology,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a May announcement.

“The magic really comes to life when you can use them in the real world without getting in the way of technology,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a May announcement.

Google, owned by Alphabet, which still makes most of its revenue from search, first unveiled augmented reality glasses at a May developer conference.

Google is in an ongoing battle with Apple, Meta and Microsoft to create augmented reality glasses that are actually widely adaptable.

“The magic really comes to life when you can use them in the real world without getting in the way of technology,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement.

Google’s first attempt, Glass, wasn’t adopted by consumers and was heavily criticized by some experts who tried to wear it – so it’s no longer available as a retail product.

“I think it was the wrong way to release the product,” one source told the New York Times. “I think a lot of people have seen [the end of Glass] coming. People just weren’t ready to wear this thing on their face. It didn’t normalize the way they expected.”

Apple is apparently set to announce a mixed reality headset sometime this year, though it comes years after its rivals in the space released their own versions.

Apple’s product is rumored to be a “mixed reality” wearable that will allow users to see virtual objects superimposed on the real world in front of them.

Mixed reality describes an experience that combines elements of both physical and virtual environments, allowing real and digital elements to coexist and interact.

Meta has announced a new mixed reality headset that is also coming soon.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in San Francisco on February 20, 2013.  This attempt was criticized and is no longer sold at retail.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in San Francisco on February 20, 2013. This attempt was criticized and is no longer sold at retail.

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