Top 10: Google Project Glass wish list
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 at 14:44, by Expert Reviews staff
Google yesterday unveiled a concept video for its Project Glass technology, the first step to a proper, internet-connected augmented reality (AR) device. If you haven't seen the video, then you can watch it below. Here are our ideas for some features we want to see on the service.
10. Augmented reality gaming
Augmented reality gaming is already with us, courtesy of the likes of Zombies, Run! - an audio-based, fitness game where you have to jog away from the walking dead. But a heads-up display could provide a far more immersive interactive experience, and with good enough mobile net connections, we could take first-person shooters to the streets of our cities, or even into the woods.
The possibilities for virtually-enhanced gaming are huge. With a heads-up display, you could go on a treasure hunt with geo-located clues, or play a huge game of virtual tag around your neighbourhood. Best of all, you’d always know who was winning, and there’s be no arguments about who ‘got’ who.
9. Wireframe X-ray vision
Sometimes the city can be overwhelming. Towers of gold and lead enclose you, making you feel small, inadequate and afraid. Or maybe you're just lost.
What you need is a way to strip away the urban nightmare to see the way ahead. Google Glasses' X-ray vision uses data from Street View and Maps coupled with topographical information from the Ordnance Survey to create a wireframe map of the city. With this projected in front of your eyes, you can see from downtown to the financial district, with none of that concrete chaos in the way. Suddenly the city seems manageable and navigable.
Future updates include maps of the underground and sewer systems for aspiring high-tech heist perpetrators.
8. Dirty-restaurant alert!
If you ever need to eat in a part of the world you don’t know, and only want to stump up for some fast, cheap food, it can all be a bit of a lottery - and we’re not just talking about the quality of the tuck. We’d love to get the latest Food Standards Agency rating for restaurants popping up in front of our drink-sozzled eyes before we dive into that kebab shop or fried chicken emporium. It’ll never be fine dining, but it would be safer munching.
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