We've long been excited about Google's upcoming Project Glass wearable computer. However, today at Mobile World Congresswe saw a prototype set of AR goggles that make Google's device look like a toy. The product of an experiment by the R&D department at Brilliantservice, a Japan-based app development house, these nameless goggles are on display here at Mobile World Congress in order to showcase the company's Viking operating system for headsets.
We had a chance to don the goggles, which unlike Project Glass, cover both eyes with 720p see-through displays and use the Viking OS to draw a painting, open apps and even match names with people's faces just by looking at them. Written in Objective C, Viking relies on gesture controls as its primary form of input. As we stuck our hand out in front of our face, the depth-perception camera on top of the nose bridge recorded our movements and we were able to see a graphical avatar of our hand projected on the heads-up display.
For the benefit of people visiting the booth and our video viewing audience, the protoype headset was connected to a laptop, which mirrored what we were seeing in the goggles. However, in real life, the user would simply wear the goggles and look through them.