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Prototype Google AR Glasses Snapped At Charity Event

Yesterday, Google unveiled Project Glass, its new prototype augmented reality spectacles which flash up notifications in the wearer's field of vision. From video communications to navigation directions, the glasses pack quite the feature set according to what's shown on the introductory YouTube footage.

The images Google released of the glasses themselves were clearly mocked-up, "what they will look like" affairs - and we speculated yesterday that the real current prototype is probably some great big bulky pair of goggles.

Not so, it would seem, now a picture of the actual prototype has emerged. Tech evangelist Robert Scoble spotted Sergey Brin wearing the glasses during a charity event at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco - and he snapped a quick picture (Sergey's on the right).

Scoble tweeted: "They look very light weight. Not much different than a regular set of glasses!"

And indeed that's the case - they really do look like a normal pair of glasses, perhaps a tad larger framed than normal, and with a small display and bits of hardware gubbins in the corner of one lens.

Scoble tweeted that they were indeed functional: "Sergey wouldn't let me wear the Google Glasses but I could see they were flashing info to him. I so want one of these!"

And he also added: "The glasses look self contained but I am not sure..."

Brin was wearing a backpack, so that could have been carrying the battery unit, but Scoble didn't manage to find out whether that was the case, or not.

Perhaps these spectacles are closer to becoming a reality than we imagined - an exciting prospect for many, and a slight scary one for others.

Some are already worrying about the potential health issues, namely that if the receiver built into the specs functions similarly to a mobile phone, whether wearing the glasses constantly would be like having your phone glued to your ear all day.

Image Credit: Robert Scoble

Source: CNet (opens in new tab)

Darren Allan

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