It seems that the guys at Google X, Google’s ‘black ops’ innovation lab, are big fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation, judging by their augmented reality undertaking, Project Glass.
With more than a nod to the visor worn by the USS Enterprise’s helmsman Geordi La Forge, this project uses special glasses that superimpose a head up display (HUD) over a wearer’s visual field.
OK, so these glasses won’t be in the shops by Christmas, so no point to boldly go looking just yet, but apparently a number of models do already exist. These range from the Star-Trek inspired visor to a design that ‘sits over a person’s normal eyeglasses’.
As a company that is committed to optimising the user experience, this project is of particular interest to all of us at andersDX – not just because of the benefits it could add to our daily lives as illustrated in the Google Project Glass video, but because of its potential in the non-consumer world. From medicine to industrial machine operation, augmented reality offers a route to significantly enhance the way we work.