Next month, Google will begin field testing its augmented reality (AR) prototypes.

A highly unexpected glimpse at the company’s augmented reality initiatives marked the end of I/O 2022. Today, Google revealed that starting in August, it will test augmented reality (AR) prototypes in the real world.

Google says testing solely in a lab setting has its drawbacks, and it seeks to learn more about how these gadgets might benefit people in real-world situations.

A small group of Google workers and other carefully chosen, trustworthy testers who have undergone device, protocol, privacy, and safety training will conduct this small-scale testing. Beyond stating that this is happening in a few areas of the US and that the following locations would not be affected:

Schools, offices of government, hospitals, houses of worship, social service facilities, play areas for children, emergency response sites, gatherings or protests, and other comparable locations

Today, Google revealed that one augmented reality (AR) prototype it’s working on resembles a regular pair of glasses and includes an in-lens display, microphones, and cameras, but the latter won’t be utilized for capture:

For instance, while picture data will be used to enable experiences like interpreting the menu in front of you or providing directions to a nearby coffee shop, our AR prototypes do not support photography and videography.

Having said that, an LED will be present to let users know when image data is being saved for analysis and troubleshooting. Additionally:
The image data can be erased from all logs if a bystander requests it, and the tester will do so.

Today, a photo of partially built and unfinished prototypes was posted, but other than that, we are unsure of how the actual AR equipment would look. At I/O, translation glasses were shown; they included a display but no camera.

Google is experimenting with visual search, navigation, transcription, and translation. Experiencing things like having a menu translated in front of you or being given directions to a nearby coffee shop are examples of this.

It hopes that this open testing would aid in including weather and congested crossings into the experience for AR navigation. Additionally, the company seeks to enhance user experiences, guarantee gadget reliability, and increase the general usefulness of prospective smart glasses.

The conclusion of today’s announcement is as follows:

More information on our modest public testing of AR prototypes is available in the Google Help Center . We look forward to providing additional updates as we investigate and learn more about what is possible with augmented reality.

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