Ten years after Google Glass, Google is reviewing its copy. Without fanfare, the Mountain View company took advantage of its Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday to unveil a prototype of smart glasses (connected glasses) to transcribe and translate a conversation in real time. And this is probably only the beginning.
Before igniting, several clarifications are necessary. This is a prototype with no release date or price. And no one has tested it to find out if it works as well as in the video full of emotion revealed.
Thanks to machine learning, Google has made great progress on real-time translation, as the interpreter mode launched on its Pixel smartphones has proven – and today adds 24 new languages to Google Translate, for a total of 133 supported . With this prototype of glasses, the company goes further, with a technology that fades a little more and allows you to be more present: the text of the translation is displayed directly on the lens of the glasses, like “coins -titles for the surrounding world,” says product manager Max Spear.
Enriching reality rather than replacing it
Alphabet boss Sundar Pichai insists in a post on the company’s blog: “Augmented reality functions are already useful on smartphones, but the magic will really materialize when we can use it in the world. real without technological barrier. Contrary to the vision of the metaverse of Mark Zuckerberg who wants to transport us into virtual universes, Google is betting on augmented reality “that we can use in our everyday lives, in the real world. »
Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Snapchat, Meta (Facebook)… The giants of Silicon Valley are engaged in a race forambient computing, ambient computing, which wants to blend into our environment. After being glued to our PC screens, after becoming addicted to our smartphones,