The new Google Vision concept phone is one of the first phones to utilize the technology in Project Glass,  Google’s research & development project for augmented reality. Designed by UK designer Callum Peden, the Google Vision concept phone has a flexible “glass” screen that scrolls out. The image recognition interface and GPS data will tell you what you’re looking at and displays the layer technology that you can see from Google’s Project Glass video.

How does the Google Vision concept phone work?

According to well-informed Google blogger Seth Weintraub, Google’s Project Glass will probably use a transparent LCD or AMOLED display. It’s location-aware thanks to a camera and GPS, and you can scroll and click on information by tilting the device, something that is apparently quite easy to master. The Google Vision concept phone will also use voice input and output.

When will the Google Vision concept phone be released?

It looks as though Project Glass will see a public release in 2014 at the earliest. Latest news is that developers will be able to get hold of ‘explorer edition’ units at some point in 2013 with a “broad consumer offering” arriving a year later.

Google Glass

According to The New York Times, Google’s got some of its very best people working on Google Glass, and experts such as wearable computing specialist Michael Liebhold say that “In addition to having a superstar team of scientists who specialize in wearable, they also have the needed data elements, including Google Maps.”

There are several engineering issues – making a screen that works in darkness and in bright sunlight is tough – and mobile display technology doesn’t offer dynamic focusing. There’s clearly a big gap between Google’s demo video and the actual product: Google says its photos “show what this technology could look like” and its video demonstrates “what it might enable you to do”.



Freddy Aurso, MD Lighthouse8