At Google I/O 2022, the Mountain View company spoke about its augmented reality glasses with AR translation.
Now, due to lab testing limitations, Google announced that it would test out its AR prototypes in the real world in August. Google says that this will allow users to understand how these devices can help people in their everyday lives.
For instance, when Google needs to develop AR navigation, it will need to take factors like weather and busy intersections into account, which is best done in the real world.
Google says it will start small-scale testing in public settings with AR prototypes worn by only a few Google publics and trusted testers. The company says that these prototypes will feature in-lens displays, microphones and cameras and have strict limitations. Google uses the example that even though the AR prototypes don’t support photography or videography, image data will be used for experiences like translating a menu or showing directions.
Google says that it’s early, and they want to take it slow with a focus on ensuring the privacy of testers and the people around.