Google has been active in the smart glasses and augmented reality market since 2014. The core of the portfolio is Google Glass, which was first offered for sale to early adopters and developers in 2012.
The Google AR Glasses are called Google Glass – not Google Glasses, because the device is not data glasses in the true sense of the word, but can be screwed onto any frame, where it only covers part of one eye.
Google Glass 2
is a full-fledged portable computer, with no need for proprietary hardware. The display has a resolution of 640 x 360 px and a quad-core processor from Qualcomm provides the necessary computing power. A fast SSD is installed as the data storage. For the digital capture and rendering of augmented reality, Google uses various sensors for location in space – including a GPS, GLONASS and acceleration sensor as well as a gyroscope. Connectivity is optionally established via Bluetooth or WLAN.
Google also offers its own REST API for developing AR applications for Google Glass. This allows smart glasses to be integrated into existing IT landscapes. So far, Google Glass is the only AR glasses from the Silicon Valley tech company. With the acquisition of a micro-LED producer, the company is laying the technological foundations for a more technically advanced successor.