Google glasses will demonstrate how a virtual world can be painted on top of the real world.
#3351 Created 04/26/2013 Updated 04/26/2013
20120410 -- Talk of Google Glasses spurred talk of Magic Glasses, which Ken imagined would paint a virtual reality on top of your visual reality as you wander around wearing the glasses.
The types of information that could be painted by the glasses on top of your real-world view could include commercial, social, geographical, historical, infrastructural, and comical content.
For example, glasses could display promotions or pricing information when you look at a store, or traffic information when you look at an on-ramp, or weather information when you look at the sky. Your glasses could tell you not only what you are looking at, but which way you are looking.
Glasses could be used to display game-related virtual images that only game players can see. It can display background and emergency information that only emergency-responders can see.
If it were all turned on at once, such glasses could present a dense thicket of supplementary information on top of your real world view.
And that information could be false, malicious, and even dangerous, depending on who is controlling your view.