One of the most important aspects of first-person shooter video games is the Heads-Up Display. It displays pertinent information regarding ammunition counts, health and objective points, and in more realistic titles, the HUD can help in information gathering and sharing.
Games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Syndicate and the upcoming Ghost Recon: Future Soldier are built with the HUD representing a core gameplay mechanic. But what if we had the technology for use in our regular, everyday lives? How would we use such technology? Google is here to answer exactly that.
This morning, via Google+, a segment of the illusive Google[x] labs shared the latest on a project involving augmented reality eyewear. It isn't new news that AR glasses are being worked on at Google's secretive research facility alongside concepts for a space elevator and self-driving cars, but this is the first time we have a prototype of what the first model will look like and the sort of features that could be worked on. Why would they share this? Because Google's team working on Project Glass wants your thoughts to help improve it. After all, it will be you (and me) who will make use of this tech some day.
We think technology should work for you–to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.
Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?
Augmented reality games are a normal part of many iPhone apps, even games on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. And it won't be long before it's part of everything we do.
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And hey, it's better than having cybernetics built in... (see: Deus Ex).
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