Google will start field testing its next-gen AR glasses this August

Back at I/O 2022 in May, the company teased the return of its augmented reality glasses with its next-gen glasses. Now the company is about to start real-world testing. You might see a Googler wearing the goggles in the wild as early as August.

“The real-world testing will allow us to better understand how these devices can help people in their daily lives,” said Juston Payne, group product manager in Google’s AR and VR division. “And when we develop experiences like AR navigation, that helps us account for factors like weather and busy intersections – which can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to fully replicate indoors.”

Testing is limited to a few dozen people (Google employees and trusted testers). The prototype models are equipped with cameras, microphones and in-lens displays. Google rates audio and visual recognition for features like translation, transcription, and navigation.

However, the functions will be limited. The glasses don’t take photos or videos, although Google uses image data to translate text and display instructions. Data “after the experience is complete” unless used for debugging and analysis. In this case, Google removes sensitive information such as faces and license plates. The company deletes image data used for research purposes after 30 days.

Google Glass wasn’t quite the success the company hoped for — it’s a . The company wants to get things right with its next-generation AR glasses, so it’s slowly moving forward. Payne noted that the project is still in its infancy. There is no release schedule for the glasses yet.

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