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To help users, tech giant Google has announced that it plans to publicly test augmented reality (AR) glasses early next month.
Testing AR prototypes only in a lab environment has its limitations, the company said.
“Starting next month, we plan to test AR prototypes in the real world. This will allow us to better understand how these devices can help people in their daily lives,” the company said in a blog post. “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 recreate fully indoors,” he added.
The company said it will begin small-scale public testing with AR prototypes worn by a few dozen Google employees and select trusted testers.
These prototypes will include in-lens displays, microphones and cameras – but will have severe limitations on what they can do. “For example, our AR prototypes do not support photography and video recording, although the image data will be used to allow you to translate the menu in front of you or show you the way to a nearby coffee shop,” the company said.
“It’s early and we want to fix it, so we’re moving slowly with a strong focus on ensuring the privacy of testers and their surroundings,” he added.