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Google Augmented Reality Smartphone

No ads to run on Google Glass with its features still to be decided but they could include phone calling


By Stephen Lepitak, -

January 2, 2013 | 3 min read

Some of the features that could be included in Google Project Glass have been revealed, including the possibility of the augmented reality using glasses being able to make and receive phone calls.

Speaking to technology website IEEE Spectrum, Babak Parviz, head of Google Glass, revealed some of the potential features that could be included upon its release.

Despite stating that no features had yet been finalised, he revealed some of those that were being developed for the project. These included picture taking and sharing functions, a touch pad control system, voice command experimentation, internal and external audio feeds and email sending and receiving services.

When asked whether the device might be able to make phone calls, Parviz simply responded by saying “We’re working on it.”

Discussing the virtual assistant service Google Now, which will provide real-time information to the wearer, Parviz said of the system; “I think since our platform allows for very quick access to information, if you need to have access to visual information, you almost instantly get it, something like Google Now could be very compelling.”

He also stated that there were no plans to feature advertising on Google Glass at the current time.

Google Glass has been cited as a potential successor to smartphone devices in the future, which will be heightened should the phone-call function be included, although when asked about app development for the platform, Parviz was keen to distance it from smartphones. "This is a complicated thing. This is not a laptop or a smartphone. It’s an entirely new platform. So how people interact with it and what people do with it is totally new territory. We’ve explored multiple things. We’ve taken pictures and done search and other things with this device. But we hope that when we ship this to developers, other people will also figure out what this very powerful platform is able to do," he explained.

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