SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Google has released a video demonstrating how its long-rumored augmented reality glasses might work. But will it be sensory overload for people who wear them?

In one part of the video, a man wearing the glasses walks into a subway station. The augmented reality glasses are looking at what the person sees and tries to make sense of it, presumably using data from Google. The user in the video was able to see in his glasses that the subway was closed, but he was able to see a map of how to walk to his destination.

If you go into a bookstore and look at a book, you could get reviews and other information related to the product. You could even say, “I want to schedule an appointment,” and sure enough, your calendar would appear before your eyes.

KCBS’ Technology Analyst Reports:

It’s a bit of response to Siri (Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface), Apple’s popular intelligent personal assistant and it gives consumers the ability to look at something and have it come to life.

The technology for augmented reality has been around for a while so it’s definitely going to happen. Some of the same technology in the glasses is being implemented in Google’s driverless car, but it’s not certain if they’ll make any money off of it yet.

Time will tell if this will be a case of too much data coming you at once and it’s more confusing than it is useful.

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