Aiming to help users out, tech giant Google has announced that it plans to publicly test augmented reality (AR) glasses from next month.
The company said that only testing the AR prototype in a laboratory environment has its limitations.
“Starting next month, we plan to test AR prototypes in the real world. This will help us understand how these devices can help people in their everyday lives,” the company said in a blogpost. ” “And as we develop experiences such as AR navigation, it will help us take into account factors such as weather and busy intersections – which can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to completely recreate indoors. to make from,” it added.
The company said it will begin small-scale testing in public settings with AR prototypes worn by a few dozen Googlers and select trusted testers.
These prototypes will include in-lens displays, microphones and cameras – but there will be strict limits to what they can do. “For example, our AR prototypes do not support photography and videography, although the image data will be used to enable experiences such as translating the menu in front of you or showing you directions to a nearby coffee shop,” the company said. Told.
“It’s early, and we want to get this right, so we’re taking it slow, with a strong focus on ensuring the privacy of testers and those around them,” it added.
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