For the past few weeks, I have been intrigued by the role that audio might play in augmented reality.  Namely, Google announced the Pixel Buds at their annual hardware event on October 4, 2017.  The Bluetooth headphones are positioned to compliment the Pixel 2, which does not offer a 3.5mm headphone jack.  By using Google's Translate app, the Pixel Buds advertise real-time language translation.  They are also a direct response to Apple's AirPods, which we released almost a year ago.  Apple's Bluetooth headphones are completely wireless and connect with Siri with a simple double tap on either earbud.

With that said, I recently purchased a set of AirPods to try out with my Pixel XL.  Per a recommendation I received on a podcast, I installed the "AirPodsforGA" app.  In theory, this app maps Google Assistant to the double tap function of the AirPods.  To date, I haven't been able to get this work.  However, I am THOROUGHLY impressed with the comfort and convenience of the devices.  Comfort and appearance will be important traits for successful augmented reality devices.