Google has asked for feedback about its concept-stage augmented-reality specs Project Glass. And the company is getting it. Much of it is admiring; some of it is definitely not.
Henry Blodget of Business Times tweeted of the headgear: "Ridiculous toy that shows Google is rapidly becoming Microsoft."
"Has anyone asked Google whether the Project Glass video post-production simply missed a deadline of April 1?" (David Chartier).
The Glass eyewear would project info graphics in pop-ups on a small screen a few inches from the wearer's right eye. The gear might incorporate motion-sensing capability, GPS location services, 3G or 4G wireless connections and Google Goggles' augmented-reality software.
Or it might not.
It's all apparently very much up in the air -- the unveiling of the project Wednesday made it clear that this was an effort to find out what people thought and what they wanted.
Writer Joe Stracci had some pithy comments on his blog. Google says it's seeking "your valuable input": This translates, says Stracci, to: "We're deathly afraid of creating yet another product that winds up failing."