Google begins public testing of its next-gen AR glasses



Earlier this year at Google’s annual developer conference, the company gave viewers a sneak peek at its upcoming augmented reality glasses. The company hopes its AR technology can open up the world to new experiences, and now, it will begin public field testing of its next-generation wearable devices later this summer.

For those who don’t remember, its first Google Glass AR product came out in 2013 and became publicly available in 2014. And while it was mostly a disappointment, with complaints about privacy and other things, that hasn’t stopped Google from moving forward. .

For starters, Google isn’t letting regular people try out its new AR glasses, at least not yet. Only a select few Google employees and other beta test members will use them in public starting in August 2022.

In a blog post this week, Google’s AR and VR product manager Juston Payne said: “Real-world testing will give us a better understanding of how these devices can help people in their everyday lives. And as we develop experiences like AR navigation, it will help us take into account factors like weather and busy intersections, which can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to fully recreate indoors.”

The teaser image above shows off several different design ideas, so it’s hard to tell what will be worn in public. That said, Google did say that these next-gen AR glasses will have screens, microphones, and cameras on the lens, but those cameras can’t take photos of videos. Instead, it looks like the cameras will allow the headset to see and interact with the world, not capture it.

The team is taking things slow, given the backlash against Google Glass. The post further explained that “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.”

While this is a step in the right direction for Google, there is no mention of a possible release date for the public.

Source: Google