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Jim Davis | jdavis@heraldnet.com
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Reality check for Google's augmented reality

  • A concept of the hardware for Google Glass.

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    A concept of the hardware for Google Glass.

You know that story we had last week about Google Glass, the augmented reality device that lets you see the world with subtitles? Well, not so fast.

GeekWire of Seattle asked a local expert in augmented reality what he thought of the big announcement. Randall Sprague, co-founder of Seattle-area startup Innovega and former chief engineer of Bothell-based Microvision, told Todd Bishop that he thought it was great to have a company of Google's size and influence entering the sector but that the demo video and glasses were presented in a misleading way. The Google Glass hardware displayed, Sprague said,
... is pretty much an old-school eyewear device. A really tiny display. They've mounted it up and to the right, which is kinda odd because that's the worst possible place to put a display to actually be able to see it. But it has the advantage in that you can make a nice-looking display product. If you're not constrained by function, you can actually make it look pretty nice.

So this is an old-school, tiny-optic, tiny-display device. And it has no correlation to the video that they showed. The video shows full-field wide imagery, right in front of your eyes. People think that the video is imagery that this eyewear would support, and they're not at all related.
Full article at GeekWire: Reality check: Google's glasses, as viewed by an augmented-reality veteran

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