On July 19, Google stated that it would start public testing of its AR prototypes in August.
The business stated some prototypes will look like spectacles with an in-lens display and “visual and audio sensors” like a microphone and camera.
Google Group Product Manager Juston Payne wrote in a blog post that lab testing of AR prototypes “has its limitations” and that real-world testing will help the business “better understand” how these gadgets will serve people in their daily lives. “It’s early, and we want to get this right, so we’re taking it slow, with a strong focus on ensuring the testers’ and others’ privacy.”
The business said real-world tests will assist account for weather and busy junctions in AR navigation capabilities, which are hard to replicate indoors.
The test comes almost a decade after privacy worries doomed Google Glass. With a front-facing camera, many worried that Glass users may secretly record others.
Some businesses banned Google Glass wearers after negative feedback. A lady wearing the gadget was assaulted at a San Francisco club in 2014. Google repurposed it for commercial clients.
Google Glass’s unattractive design also hindered adoption. No app ecosystem created. The product’s high price was another turnoff.
New AR Glasses, Competition
Only “a few dozen Googlers and select trusted testers” will wear the AR prototypes in public. These prototype devices with cameras, microphones, and lens displays will have limitations.
Google plans to fix numerous issues this time. The new glasses cannot snap photos or record images for later viewing. Images and videos are only for directions or identification. When recording, the device’s LED lights up.
The enchantment will really come alive when you can use them in the real world without the technology getting in the way’, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said during the AR glasses’ May launch, according to CNBC.
Google competes with other tech heavyweights in AR glasses. Apple will produce a mixed-reality headset in 2023, while Meta will release an advanced headgear in 2022.