Goggles Like Google’s

May 14, 2015

Vintage car manufacturer Mini is about to take consumerism on a pleasure cruise to an all-new dimension with their latest innovation: the soon-to-be-released augmented reality goggles.

If you thought Google Glass was controversial, the brains at Mini have kept the drive for virtual insanity running full-speed ahead. Designed to give drivers x-ray vision and more, the Mini goggles tweak the perception of the naked eye, so that the world outside your windshield becomes overlaid with digitized information. The goggles will also help navigate you to points of interest, while revealing key information like speed limits and traffic news.

While seemingly dangerous in concept, these accessories are touted to add more safety precautions to the driving experience. Added features will include the ability to tap into exterior-mounted cameras, allowing drivers to expose objects that normally would be out of sight through the goggles, instead of having to mainly rely on the trusty old rear-view mirror.

Parallel parking also becomes an effortless affair. Instead of having to tilt your whole body around so as to get a rear-view, all it’ll take is a simple tilt of the head to reveal a panoramic capture of the outside world through a camera feed.

Other tweaks will include options like in-car guidance, designed to allow the driver to keep his eyes on the road. The augmented reality goggles come alive with processing and motion tracking sensors as the technologies used are similar to those found in smartphones.

Although still a prototype with no known date for expected release, the goggles are more reality than fantasy, having already been showcased by Mini at the Shanghai Auto Show. Keep your eyes peeled for when we can all share in this vision.


by Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at ghassan@t3me.com.