This week, at an event for developers of input / output devices, Google presented several augmented reality glasses that are still in the prototyping stage. The announcement, timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the release of Google Glass, reveals Palo Alto’s commitment to a technology that is set to play a key role in the development of the metaverse. During the presentation, one of the functionality of the lenses was shown: they are able to translate several languages in real time and project subtitles onto the glass so that the user can follow the conversation.
The glasses don’t look bulky: they actually resemble the ones Meta released with Ray-Ban and are capable of taking photos and recording videos. Google has a microphone that picks up the conversation and transcribes it in the desired language, projecting it only for the user to view. “Augmented reality capabilities are already present in phones, and this magic will make sense when it can be used in the real world without the interference of technology,” said CEO Sundar Pichai.
Google’s new project is to bury the memory of the failed Google Glass, its first augmented reality glasses. The launch was unsuccessful. One of the reasons that have been put forward over the years to justify this is that consumers were not prepared to deal with this technology.
But this was not the only novelty presented by Google. The company has prepared a significant improvement to Google Maps, its mapping and navigation service. The company showed yesterday at I/O a hyper-realistic immersive mode (they call it Immersive View) that allows you to use artificial intelligence to navigate through 3D maps made up of billions of real images.
Introducing Immersive View, a brand new way to explore on Google Maps. 🌎
You’ll be able to experience how a place looks and feels before you arrive, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence that allow us to combine billions of Street View and aerial photographs. #GoogleIO pic.twitter.com/UCj7cInz2R
— Google Maps (@googlemaps) May 11, 2022
The tool will also allow you to recreate specific weather conditions such as rain, clouds or sunshine at selected locations and see how the map’s appearance changes. You can also visit the interior of some buildings. The most iconic from each city will be available, as well as restaurants or establishments that want it.
The implementation of this improvement will be gradual. Pichai said it will begin to be offered “during 2022” in select cities around the world, with more to be added over time.
Google’s first smart watch. AFP
Another stellar announcement these days was the release of the first smartwatch, the Pixel Watch. Thus, through striking design, the company enters a market in which its main competitors, such as Apple or Samsung, are ahead of it by years. There haven’t been too many details about its performance or whether it will be significantly different from other watches of this type, but it has been said that it will be available this fall.
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