Yvaine 5 years ago on 04/04/12
Equipped: Bento Box
Seriously. Google needs to take all of my money right now.
P.Y.T. 5 years ago on 04/05/12
Equipped: Handcuffs named "I used these when we first met"
Matthew 5 years ago on 04/05/12
Equipped: Jar of Pickles named "Lisa's Long-Lost Birthday Pickles"
Still waiting for Google Galoshes, which will direct me by GPS to the nearest fun-sized mud puddle, flooded irrigation ditch, toad-infested creek, etc.
Float 5 years ago on 04/05/12
Equipped: Portable Campfire named "put it in your pocket and roast some weiners!"
While these seem kinda cool, I do not see how the video makes any real use of augmented reality or anything else that would be inherently cool about the fact that these are glasses.
While it certainly seems like a neat idea, I see no enhanced functionality over the smartphone form factor.
nategri 5 years ago on 04/05/12
Equipped: Clue Stick named "Some Sense"
Been watching AR developments like a hawk the last few years, so I was pysched to hear that Google was 'on the case' a few weeks ago. Vuzix had been making some serious progress with head mounted displays, too, but they tend to be a little tease-y about actually releasing affordable devices with optical pass through.
So, Because You Care, here are the impressions of Someone Who's Kinda Been Paying Attention To Augmented Reality to yesterday's info.
1.) Damn, it's a monocle. A lot of the super neato stuff you can do with AR would need stereoscopic displays. Stuff like interaction with virtual environments, mostly -- be they workspaces (*finally*: the 3D analog of the desktop environment) or games (something like a Call of Duty you could play with your neighborhood as a map would be amazing, for example). Also people could forward their POV way more immersively with stereo. It really would be like being there.
2.) That guy was really douchey.
3.) The vid was clearly one of those After Effects mockups that people have doing as AR demos for years. This leaves me a bit suspicious about how soon the product will actually be released. And, yeah, I know, the nature of the thing makes it hard to present an actual demo... But could we please at least see the glasses held up to a camera to see the blurry little colors dancing around in there? This Telegraph piece I have up says they'll be sold later this year, but I am reeeaaal fuckin skeptical about that. I hope so, though.
4.) They barely scratched the surface of what an always-on head mounted display with a camera, an Internet connection, and a decent amount of computation can do. For instance they did virtually no computer vision tricks (face/object/symbol recognition). I mean come on! He could so much as look at that book's ISBN and see a review/price listing! Also: pop-ups with names/data for people you're talking to would be an easy feat.
I'm dangerously close to/at tldr, but let me say this. I don't think it's possible at this point to overestimate the power of intelligent always-on contextual information. This is going to be another big leap just like the laptop->smartphone one a few years back. Hooray for our weakly-superhuman capabilities leapfrogging twice in 10 years!
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Lord_BullGod 5 years ago on 04/06/12
Equipped: Triforce named "ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL!!!!!!!!"
The hell man? Not his fault the 6 train wasn't running, and so what if he can't pronounce french correctly. The whole time he was sharing some neat experiences and even tried learning ukelele for his honey piece. Jerk!
Moonage Daydream 5 years ago on 04/06/12
Equipped: Link's Boomerang named "I wish I knew how to quit you"
All I want is AR goggles that show motion lines at all times so I never get carsick, even if I'm reading in the back of a windowless van.
I'm a boring person.
fangy 5 years ago on 04/08/12
Equipped: Vash's Gun
Tulip O'Hare said:
All day, every day. I work third shift right now, so I leave when everyone is coming home, and I come back about an hour before they leave. Never any parking. It's infuriating.
On topic, I want this product SO bad.
Deathwing 5 years ago on 04/08/12
Equipped: Sword named "NEEDS MORE DRAGONS"
Do you guys think this may go the way of the segway where people are like, "Man that's a pretty good idea, but I will look like a fool using this thing."
Probably not, considering what it does is 9000000000 times cooler than a segway, but I feel like smart phones will do the same thing and you don't have to look like a doof when you use them.
John Booty 5 years ago on 04/10/12
Equipped: Sparkledonkey's Gallbladder
I haven't watched the video, but people probably won't use this shit.
Millions of people had already shown an eagerness to be rude motherfuckers with their cellphones. Bluetooth headsets just made it easier.
People have not yet shown a predisposition to wanting to view the world in crazy Terminator-style computer vison.
The key word there is "yet!"
I will be wrong and these will sell if: Kanye West or another hip-hop titan wears them during a Grammy acceptance speech.
The potential utility of this is obvious and awesome!
I've always felt the real challenge is actually going to be filtering that information down - I think about the psychological aspects of having too much information. We're probably not designed to process that much information at once.
There has been a lot of research on the psychology of choice, and the anxiety and decision-making paralysis that can result from having too much information and too many choices.
Obviously, we don't want to live in a world where there's like, one state-mandated brand of toothpaste. But I'm sometimes a bit annoyed when there are fifty different options.
More to the point, as somebody more or less immersed in technology information, sometimes it's hard to enjoy things after the purchase. You buy a TV and it's easy to spend the next couple of months wondering if you'll feel like an idiot if the next revolutionary upgrade will come out in a couple of months. My father-in-law is probably happier with his 720P Vizio with the crappy black levels than I would be with something "better."
That can apply to social stuff too. Who hasn't gone to a party (particularly at cons where there are fifty parties at any given time) and scanned their texts to see if there's a better one elsewhere? Theoretically, this is good, but it probably also makes all parties worse as everybody is kind of... pulled out of the moment.
nategri 5 years ago on 04/11/12
Equipped: Clue Stick named "Some Sense"
John Booty said:
I've heard it said that if Web 2.0 was about giving Joe User content creation tools, Web 3.0 will be about paring this information glut down to something usable.
It's kind of an old chestnut in cyberpunk literature, but I really think we're at the point now where we have to create external software representations of our personality, tastes and desires in order to filter and prioritize available information. Now I've couched this thing in a sci-fi trope, but I think current technology is 100% up to the task. And if I could put on my amateur futurist hat for a moment, I think this kind of service will be the killer app for next gen computing. Paired efficiently with AR interfaces, it will quite possibly change everything.
You're not going to be just you anymore, you're going to be you + the little software-daemon-you which handles the search-and-prioritize heavy lifting of modern life. You'll be able to stop expending energy on remembering things, and put all your cognitive abilities to use actually doing things. And the glasses will be the fluid interface to all this.
If I'm right.
Oliphaunt 5 years ago on 04/11/12
oh boy. So after that happens, and, in some completely unprecedented and unique instance, the wifi signal fails - what happens next?
Cognac Jack 5 years ago on 04/12/12
Equipped: Magical Chicken Hat #2 named "I wub chickinz"
Man how many people die texting or talking on their cell phone in a car? I really hate to see what happens when you have AR.
That being said, I wanna do AR training simulators like on Batman Arkham City where I can just run through the city trying to beat someones time.
Professor Loophole 5 years ago on 04/26/12
Equipped: Hide (Hat Version)
Im still waiting for the Google Neural Implant
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