Star Wars has always been at the forefront of tech. Not only did the datapad exist many years before Steve Jobs got the bright idea for the iPad, but now Google is set to produce a glasses based heads-up-display that seems very much like the device described in the Star Wars Expanded Universe and used from all your favorite helmet wearing heroes and villains. Stormtroopers, Clone Troopers, Clone Commandos, Mandalorians and Bounty Hunters alike use this technology in the galaxy far, far away.
The New York Times first wrote about the glasses in late February, describing an augmented-reality display that would sit over the eye and run on the Android mobile platform.
A video released by Google on Wednesday, which can be seen below, showed potential uses for Project Glass. A man wanders around the streets of New York City, communicating with friends, seeing maps and information, and snapping pictures. It concludes with him video-chatting with a girlfriend as the sun sets over the city. All of this is seen through the augmented-reality glasses.
One of my favorite book series is the Republic/Imperial Commando series written by Karen Traviss. On of the key aspects of these military focused books is the "kit" that the Advance Recon Commandos are outfitted in and their use of the HUDs.
Some of the more distractable among the populace my find what Google is working on to be sensory overload, but I cannot wait to get my eyeballs on the new Google Project Glass display. I for one am ready for augmented reality.
SOURCE: NY Times Bits Blog