May 19, 2024

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Google has just leaked a pair of augmented reality glasses to its Project Astra demo at I/O

Google has just leaked a pair of augmented reality glasses to its Project Astra demo at I/O

In a video demonstrating the prowess of the new Project Astra app, the demonstrator asked Gemini, “Do you remember where you saw my glasses?” “Yes, I do. Your glasses were on a desk near a red apple,” the AI ​​impressively replied, even though said object was not actually visible when the question was asked. But these were not your standard visual aids. These glasses have a built-in camera and some kind of visual interface!

The testers picked up their glasses, put them on, and proceeded to ask the AI ​​more questions about the things they were looking at. There’s clearly a camera on the device that helps it capture the surroundings, and we’re shown a sort of interface where a waveform moves to indicate that it was listening. The on-screen captions seem to reflect the answer read aloud to the wearer as well. So, if we’re keeping track, there’s at least a built-in microphone and speaker as well, as well as some sort of processor and battery to power everything.

We’ve only gotten a quick look at the wearable, but from the brief seconds of being in it, a few things were clear. The glasses had a simple black frame and didn’t look like Google Glass at all. And it didn’t look very huge either.

In all likelihood, Google isn’t actually ready to launch a pair of glasses at I/O. It went beyond the wearable look, barely mentioning it, only to say that Project Astra and the company’s vision of “global agents” could come to devices like our phones or glasses. We don’t know much right now, but if you’ve been mourning Google Glass or the company’s other failed wearable products, this may instill some hope yet.

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