Google ended its I/O presentation with a big surprise: a preview of its latest AR glasses. The key feature that Google showed off was the ability to see translated languages right before your eyes, which I think is a really handy app for AR glasses. While much of Silicon Valley is heavily invested in making AR glasses so far, none have suggested a truly “killer” app for AR that would allow you to overlook the wide variety of inherent privacy issues. to technology. Live spoken word translation would definitely be a killer feature.
The company didn’t share any details about when they might be available and only showed them in a recorded video that didn’t actually show the display, or how you would interact with them. But what was shown in the video painted a very cool picture of a potential augmented reality future.
In one demo, a Google product manager tells someone wearing glasses that “you should see what I say, just transcribed for you in real time. A bit like subtitles for the world. Later, the video shows what you might see if you wear glasses: with the speaker in front of you, the translated language appears in real time in your field of vision.
Until they become an actual product that we can try, we won’t know how well they might work in practice. And it’s unclear if this is Google’s Project Iris product we reported on in January or something else entirely. But the vision Google showed at I/O, if it comes to fruition, would be incredibly helpful. You can watch the video for yourself here.