Years after the demise of Google Glass, Alphabet is ready to get serious about augmented reality once again. The search giant has said it will start publicly testing prototypes of AR glasses that feature microphones, cameras, and transparent displays. It’s unclear how close the glasses are to becoming a market-ready product.
But the public testing may help Google address privacy concerns after the company’s failure. Google Glass AR product has been criticized for allowing wearers to record others without their knowledge or consent. Google says these prototypes have “strict limitations” and “don’t support photography and videography.”
Apple may also be nearing the announcement of its AR headset following recent comments from CEO Tim Cook.