According to sources who spoke to the New York Times, Google is planning on launching glasses with integrated heads-up display by the end of 2012.
The glasses, which we first heard about last year, will be based on Android and feature 3G or 4G connectivity. The heads-up display glasses will go on sale by the end of the year according to the sources and will “cost around the price of current smartphones,” which is anywhere from £100 to £600 – so not much of an indication really.
The glasses will include a small screen that will sit a couple of inches from your eye and will also feature GPS and a number of motion sensors. A blogger for 9to5Google, Seth Weintraub, has also been working on uncovering details about the project and has cited a source who said the glasses would look something like a pair of Oakley Thumps, which you can see below.
According to Weintraub, the navigation system will be unique, with users tilting their heads to scroll through menus and click options. According to sources who spoke to Weintraub the system is “very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.”
The project is being built at the Google X office near the main Google campus in Mountain View. This is the lab where reach-for-the-sky projects to do with robots, space and other far-reaching aspirations are investigated.
The glasses will have a low resolution camera built-in which will scan your environment, and in conjunction with the GPS sensor and a number of Google apps, will be able to overlay information regarding nearby attractions (Google Goggles), restaurants (Google Latitude) and even guide you to your destination (Google Maps) – in a similar way Arnie was able to size up his leather gear in Terminator 2.
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According to several sources who spoke to the New York Times, Google is not seeing the glasses project as a cash cow but as an experiment that anyone will be able to join. Then, if the uptake is great enough, Google will explore possible revenue streams.
We are certainly intrigued by these glasses. Are you? Let us know in the comments below.