Google Hiring Augmented-Reality Experts Amid Rumors of HUD Glasses

As rumors swirl around Google’s plans to announce head-up display glasses by the end of the year, the company has quietly begun advertising for a designer and engineer responsible for augmented-reality mapping. The positions include a “special projects” front-end software engineer and a designer for local, mobile and social apps. Both job descriptions list augmented-reality mapping as a top responsibility. The designer position requires the ability to “integrate mobile platforms, augmented reality mapping, geo-location, and real-time interaction.” There’s no evidence that these positions have anything to do with the rumored head-up display (HUD) glasses, but the timing is interesting.

Last week, a New York Times article reported that Google was allegedly working on a pair of HUD glasses to be released later this year. The glasses would look similar to Oakley Thump sunglasses, and provide augmented-reality data overlays about landmarks and even passers-by right in front of a user’s eyes. The story provided a provocative glimpse into the future of augmented reality, but created more questions than it answered. How will the glasses actually work? And can Google convince the public that HUD glasses and augmented reality are more than just niche technologies? We talked with Blair MacIntyre, director of the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech, about the rumored glasses, and he got right to the point: “They will have to do a lot for people to consider buying them.” Read more about this on Wired's website.