Google to start testing AR glasses with real-time translation from August 2022

Google to start testing AR glasses with real-time translation from August 2022

Google will start testing its Augmented Reality (AR) glasses with real-time translation from August 2022. In a blog post, Google wrote that the experiment in the real world would help the company better understand how AR prototype could help people in their daily lives.

Google, which has been testing the AR glasses in its labs for quite some time, offers real-time translation, transcription, and navigation on the lens. The tech giants had teased the prototype at Google I/O 2022.

“Testing only in a lab environment has its limitations. So starting next month, we plan to test AR prototypes in the real world. This will allow us to understand better how these devices can help people in their everyday lives. And as we develop experiences like AR navigation, it will help us take factors such as weather and busy intersections into account — which can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to recreate indoors fully,” the company wrote in its blog.

The tech giants said the Google prototypes would look like regular glasses, featuring an in-lens display, and have audio and visual sensors, such as a microphone and camera.

“We’ll 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 they’ll have strict limitations on what they can do. For example, our AR prototypes don’t support photography and videography. However, it will use image data to enable experiences like translating the menu in front of you or showing directions to a nearby coffee shop,” it added.

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