Who knows when Google's Project Glass will actually be released. We only know that Google co-founder Sergey Brin has a pair. One augmented reality expert couldn't wait, so he hacked together his own. This is what it looks like.
Augmented reality developer William Powell's AR goggles (inspired by Project Glass) sure has hell ain't as sleek as Google's eyewear, but it works just about the same:
Inspired by Google Project Glass, I combined a pair of Vuzix glasses, HD webcams and mic headset with an application written in Adobe Air. It harnesses the dragon naturally speaking engine so can perform full audio recognition.
The application uses Yahoo weather services to find local weather information. It can create appointments (only within app) using the full speech recognition. Also the app can take photos upload them and share them.
You can see for yourself in the video below of Powell checking the time, requesting music, making an appointment, checking the weather, taking a photo and then sharing it to his Google+ circles. Powell's hack seems to work pretty good.
Powell, a developer for CEO Vision that builds augmented reality interfaces that combine face recognition and tracking, image recognition and hand gestures insists all of the footage seen in the video is real — no special effects added.
Not bad, not bad at all. But notice how Powell is sitting stationary. Can we have some footage of him walking around on the streets while trying to juggle his AR pop-ups? Or would it look a lot like this parody?