Google Glass 2 is now ready, but is the rest of the world?

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The resurgence of Google Glass is underway.

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The Californian tech giant looks to be ready to give consumer-focused augmented reality technology another go, seven years after cancelling the Google Glass prototype and shifting attention to business-exclusive uses.

According to a blog post on Google’s official site, the company plans to begin publicly testing prototypes of its Google AR gadgets, which will offer live translation and navigation capabilities.

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There have been rumours for a while that Google is working on new AR glasses; in one low-key swoop, they have confirmed their existence. Despite the lack of fanfare surrounding this revelation, Google has made a wise tactical choice.

Lab testing has its limitations, as stated in the post, and in order to move the research process forward, these gadgets must be put to use in the real world. Instead of trying to catch up once these glasses start appearing in the wild next month (August 2022), Google can get out in front and manage expectations.

To that end, don’t hold your breath waiting around for too many of these Google Glass replacements to hit the market.

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Only a limited group of Googlers and testers will be donning the glasses for the first round of real-world testing. For the time being, they’ll be concentrated in and around Google’s US headquarters.

Moreover there is no guarantee that Google’s upcoming AR glasses are anywhere near consumer-ready just because testing is starting to ramp up.

It sounds as though Google will be using VR headgear prototypes similar to Meta’s, based on the company’s description of its future testing.

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For each headset, it was meant to focus on a single characteristic at a time, so that it could be fine-tuned. Google’s prototypes might be divided into two categories: those that excel in translation and those that excel at navigation. In the long run, it may be possible to merge these many designs into a single piece of clothing, but it will take time.

Education in the field of specifications

There’s no guarantee that Google won’t confront the comeback of a familiar foe: public fear. People may be relieved to hear that Google’s newest augmented reality devices have limitations on how they may utilise their cameras and microphones, but that is unlikely to allay their fears.

It was common for people to report being assaulted while using Google Glass at the time. A new round of violent abuse against Google AR wearable testers and supporters might put the brakes on the company’s return to the field.

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As a result, the use of AR and VR technology has become more widespread in recent years. Since its introduction, the Meta Quest 2 (formerly known as Oculus Quest 2) has allegedly sold over 15 million copies – not far behind the PS5’s supposedly 20 million – helping to bring reality-warping technology to the masses. Nreal Air and Ray-Ban Stories are two examples of smart and augmented reality glasses that have been released recently, paving the way for ever more advanced technologies.

We’ll have to wait and watch how the public reacts to the prototypes when they go on public display next month, as well as when they go on sale. It was also a major flaw with the first Google Glass because it cost a hefty $1,500. Because of the present economic difficulties that many people are currently experiencing, a product at this price point might be condemned to failure once again.

In the meanwhile, we’ve compiled a list of five Google Maps features you may not be aware of.

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