Would you like to access smartphone technology through your glasses? Google is working on it.
Google is once again taking the lead in innovation with its latest market offering: Project Glass.
The company feels that having up-to-date communication technology on your smartphone is not enough for its tech savvy consumers.
Instead, it wants to give users the chance to make and answer calls, take photos, check in and manage social media all from their glasses.
In a Google+ post yesterday project leaders Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun shared a video pitching their new idea.
The short film featured a young man using his smart glasses to do day-to-day activities such as check the temperature outside, get in touch with his friends and navigate his way around New York.
Interactive elements like maps and GPS technology, video and photo sharing capabilities and voice calling made it easy to imagine what life would be like if you could see through your smartphone.
Parviz, Lee and Thrun said that the aim of Project Glass was to make technology – and therefore the world – more accessible.
"We think technology should work for you – to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don't," they wrote on their launch post on Google+.
"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."
With innovation such as this, futuristic films and TV shows don't seem so implausible – a Futurama episode in 2010 featured a spoof about an 'EyePhone.'
One viewer – PDTechHD – commented on the video on YouTube:
"This has become a reality thanks to Google Project Glass."
Unsurprisingly the announcement has triggered a response online, with the idea now trending on Twitter.
"We are so close to the envisioned future of so many sci-fi movies," tweeted @JasonSeipp this morning (April 5 – local time).
Meanwhile Paramore singer Hayley Williams was a little more sceptical.
"Please just lobotomize me before this happens," she tweeted.
Fantastic or fatalistic – what do you think?
Posted by Jess O'Connor