We’re getting to the point at which photographers can buy fancy aerial drones without having to sell a kidney. You’ve probably already seen photos and videos shot from camera-equipped radio-controlled helicopters before, but did you know that the camera’s view can be beamed to a pair of goggles, allowing the photographer to be immersed in a first-person-view of what he or she is shooting? Read more…
The Google Glass team is starting a new series of videos called “Glass Sessions” that feature ordinary people using Google’s prototype camera glasses in their everyday lives. This first video shows new mom Laetitia Gayno — the wife of a Googler — using the glasses to capture precious moments with her baby and share them live online with her family members back in France.
Here’s the live demo of Google’s Project Glass that was given by co-founder Sergey Brin yesterday at the company’s I/O conference in San Francisco. As we reported, they had five skydivers wearing the camera glasses beam footage of their jump live into the conference center through a Google+ hangout. If you think cameras are connected to the Internet now, just wait till Google Glass goggles are released sometime next year.
If Google’s vision of the future pans out, we may soon be snapping and sharing photographs using augmented reality “glasses”. The company is working on a product that’s currently going by the code name “Project Glass“. As the concept video above shows, the aim is to have a wearable “computer” that can project useful information about the world directly into the user’s eye, allowing people to constantly interact with the Internet throughout their everyday lives. The glasses would even be able to snap photographs based on voice commands, and then instantly upload them to the web. Read more…
Google has acquired UK-based mobile photo search startup Plink for an undisclosed amount.
The company’s sole product Plink Art is an Android application that allows you to look up information about a piece of art by simply photographing it with your phone.
The application was one of the winners of Android Developer Challenge 2, scoring a $100,000 prize for winning in the “Education/Reference” category.
Remind you anything?
Artwork recognition is one of the features offered by Google Goggles, which is what Plink’s founders will be working on at Google.
Since the Plink only has 50,000 users, this is mostly a talent acquisition to improve Google’s visual search technologies.
The announcement posted to Plink’s blog gives a glimpse into where Google would like to go with visual search:
The visual search engines of today can do some pretty cool things, but they still have a long long way to go. We’re looking forward to helping the Goggles team build a visual search engine that works not just for paintings or book covers, but for everything you see around you. There are beautiful things to be done with computer vision – it’s going to be a lot of fun!
Imagine a world where you can “Google” information about anything by aiming your cell phone at it and snapping a picture.
Google announced a pretty awesome new product today called Google Goggles that has the potential to completely change the way we think about search. It’s basically an application that will tell you all sorts of information based on photographs you take with your camera phone.
Snap a photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the application will provide you with search results for the Golden Gate Bridge. Want to learn what others are saying about a particular book in the store? Simply snap a photograph of the cover and Google Goggles will tell you.
The application is most useful in situations where you know know the name of what you’re trying to search for. For example, if you’re staring at a painting that you love but don’t know the name of, Google Goggles can quickly tell you all about it:
This is a great glimpse into the exciting technologies that we’ll be enjoying in the coming years, and is definitely only the tip of the iceberg. There will probably come a day when this type of search is fast enough and powerful enough to be displayed instantly on the screen while using the video feature of camera phones. This concept is being pursued by numerous tech companies (likely Google as well), and is called augmented reality.
For Google’s explanation of Google Goggle’s, check out this video they have on the official page: