Maybe a 5.3 inch phone is not big enough for you? How about an Android device built in to your glasses with a heads-up display? Well this is what Google could be developing. According to The New York Times Google are developing high-tech glasses that use locations servers, motion sensors and built in camera to display information about the environment as an augmented reality display complete with software like Google Latitude, Google Goggles and Google Maps.
The glasses could be on sale by the end of the year priced “around the price of the current smartphone”
The geek in me things its a great idea, a kind of Sci-fi future I imagined when I was a kid in reality you could look like an idiot but if the product does come out put my name down!
One Google employee said the glasses would tap into a number of Google software products that are currently available and in use today, but will display the information in an augmented reality view, rather than as a Web browser page like those that people see on smartphones.
The glasses will send data to the cloud and then use things like Google Latitude to share location, Google Goggles to search images and figure out what is being looked at, and Google Maps to show other things nearby, the Google employee said. “You will be able to check in to locations with your friends through the glasses,” they added.
Everyone I spoke with who was familiar with the project repeatedly said that Google was not thinking about potential business models with the new glasses. Instead, they said, Google sees the project as an experiment that anyone will be able to join. If consumers take to the glasses when they are released later this year, then Google will explore possible revenue streams.
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