It is being reported that Google is working on special display glasses which will augment reality and stream information to the user’s eyes in real time.
Google plans to sell these glasses to the public at the end of the year.
More on these nifty futuristic specs after the break.
According to several Google employees interviewed by Bits, these glasses will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from a user’s eyes, will be Android-based and will be priced the same as smartphones — around $250 to $600. While the glasses have yet to be named, they will be modeled after Oakley Thumps (pictured above).
Other features include:
- 3G or 4G data connection
- navigation system controlled by head tilting, clicking and scrolling
- low-resolution built-in cameras that monitors world in real time, such as overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and nearby friends
- the utilization of various Google software like Google Latitude and Google Maps
Information will be displayed and viewed in an augmented reality. Users will have the ability to search about the images and nearby locations being looked at, as well as share locations and check in with friends. Also, the navigation will be easy to use and easy to learn according to Seth Weintraub, blogger of 9 to 5 Google. “We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.”
The glasses are currently being worked on in Google X, Google’s special laboratory where other high-tech and secret projects are being developed. Key Google personnel involved with the project are Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, and Steve Lee, veteran engineer and creator of Google Latitude.
Google is also planning on building a $120 million electronics testing facility for these specs which, according to The San Jose Mercury News, will be involved in testing “precise optical technology.”
Though summer is over, it’s never wrong to class up the joint with 8-bit of panache. This retro eyewear is designed by Dzmitry Samal. They’re made of acetate and come in an assortment of colors. The pair above is part of his 5dpi collection, 6dpi below. Refer to Dzmitry’s site to view 4 more collections with futuristic stylings. Like many designer shades, be prepared to pay a pretty penny for these specs.
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