If Time Traveling DeLoreans and “bleep blooping” Star Wars Droids haven’t given you a hint already, that future technology we’ve only seen in the movies is right around the corner. We’re living in an age in time where Star Trek technologies are being realized little by little, and Google’s just revealed a secret development project that checks off augmented living from the science fiction tech “to-do” list.

Google’s Project Glass is an attempt at the lucrative augmented reality medium that’s come out of the company’s top secret innovation lab, known only as Google X. With Project Glass, Google is taking augmented reality seriously. What do you think life would be like if rather than reaching into our pockets for our phone, all the data we needed was fluidly integrated into our line of vision?

Google stretches wide and far when it comes to researching projects that are a bit closer to the innovative and bold than plain email and search. Its best known future-tech project is a small number of self-automated and self-driving cars which have already hit the streets for testing in California, but it’s reportedly also quietly working on a space elevator and as many as 100 other covert futuristic projects.

Not to be confused with Google Search – a mobile phone app that lets you search for anything by taking a picture of it – Google’s augmented reality glasses overlap what’s called a head up display (HUD) over your eye’s scope of vision. The augmented reality visual display provides contextual information and lets you accomplish all the things you did with your smartphone, from texting and geographical check-ins to step-by-step directions – all without ever pressing any buttons. Obviously Google concept includes its considerable collection of products, from Google Maps to Google+. According to the development team behind the futuristic concept, technology should just “be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t”.

Although this cool tech is light years away from being market-ready at the moment, Google’s Glasses are very much the real thing. There are reportedly many models, ranging from a Star Trek-inspired visor to a design that “sits over a person’s normal eyeglasses.” The employees at Google will actually be testing them in the field, so don’t be alarmed if you bump into a Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge look-alike near the company’s Mountain View headquarters.

The idea of a system like Google’s Project Glass is to steep reality in captivating, non-disruptive data. All tasks would be integrated right into your visual field, keeping your hands free while still providing the informational amenities we’ve come to expect from smartphones and tablets. In the world of Project Glass, our devices’ screens would melt away altogether in favor of translucent data draped right over the world as we know it. Who needs a high resolution display when you’ve got everything you need, right before your eyes?

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