Google tests augmented-reality glasses

Augmented-reality glasses from Google's Project Glass. Google

Augmented-reality glasses from Google's Project Glass.
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(CBS News) Google announced Wednesday that a group of developers would begin testing augmented-reality glasses. Project Glass was announced via a Google+ page, partially to solicit feedback from interested parties.

"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," said developers Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun. "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."

A promotional video released by Google shows the glasses' ability to display information and incorporate voice recognition technology. Some examples of how the glasses were most useful included: displaying the weather, reporting subway service outages and checking messages.

One of the coolest uses for glasses is the ability to take a call and use "view share" to create a shared experience. In the example Google provides, a couple share music and a sunset together.

Google X, an experimental arm of the search engine giant, is currently testing the glasses. There's no confirmation on when the glasses might be available for purchase.

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