Where Did I See Google’s Project Glass Before … MoMA

by Hrag Vartanian on April 4, 2012

Matsuda's vision on left looks more chaotic than Google's vision on right (screenshots via YouTube)

For those of us that enjoyed the Talk to Me exhibition at MoMA last year, it’s not surprising that some of the more wondrous projects would see the light of day sooner rather than later. And today, while Google’s “Project Glass” augmented reality glasses have been ricocheting all over the internet, Hyperallergic intern, Rob Cicetti, pointed out that the video could easily feel like a more corporate and sanitzed version of Keiichi Matsuda’s “Augmented (hyper) Reality: Augmented City 3D” (2010), which was in the MoMA design show last summer.

It’s inevitable that we find more efficient ways to control data in space, and while I’m not looking forward to the sidewalks littered with ads, like in Matsuda’s video, it’s a future that fills me with excitement.

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  • I’m definitely more nervous than excited.

  • Robert Cicetti

    Skip to 1:43/ A wheatpaste by street artist A.S.V.P. is featured (see below).
    Google Goggles in conjunction with reverse Google image search will make it super easy to identify street art on the go. You can already do it with a smart phone, but just imagine the potential for seamless integration between virtual and actual tags. Of course, this will also aid law enforcement…
    I’ll admit, street art is really the least of my worries when it comes to imagining a future with augmented reality.

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