Google Shipping HUD-Enabled Glasses This Year

Google Shipping HUD-Enabled Glasses This Year

Oakley Thump 2
Oakley Thump 2

Google has quietly been working on glasses that can display location-specific information over your vision in real time.

Seeing the world through the red-tinted information-rich eyes of the Terminator seems like one of those sci-fi gadgets that would never happen like rocket cars, breakfast pills, and hoverboards. Thanks to the weirdo geniuses at Google, we might actually get something similar, and by the end of 2012 if the rumors are true. Google technicians are working on glasses that look like a pair of Oakley's "Thump 2" model but with one significant addition: the lenses are transparent screens that overlay information gleaned from the internet and a built-in GPS. The glasses even support a user interface for navigating through information that utilizes head tilts and nods. According to Google employees, the set will cost about as much as a current smartphone does, anywhere from $250 to $600.

The glasses will run a version of Android, no surprise there. A small camera will take pictures like a normal phone, but will be essential for the information overlays. Voice input and output are also a part of the deal so you'll be able to make phone calls with the glasses if you chose and only look like half the idiot still using a creepy Bluetooth headset.

Be warned, all this news comes from a blogger named Seth Weintraub who claims anonymous Google employees as his source and isn't officially substantiated by Google in any way. Still, if half of what Weintraub says is true, these glasses will be awesome.

Kenny Powers needs to get a pair, stat.

Source: 9 to 5 Google

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Seriously though, I'd totally buy that. Probably second or third generation, but still. Sounds fantastic.

I read this the day after I beat Deus Ex for the first time. It's far to tempting to make a "My vision is augmented" joke. But I won't, because I have restraint.

As much as I love the idea of these things, I tend to break sunglasses. So this isn't something I'd get. What a shame.

I am living in the future!

But where is my dam Google jetpack!

CM156:
I read this the day after I beat Deus Ex for the first time. It's far to tempting to make a "My vision is augmented" joke. But I won't, because I have restraint.

Unlike you, I don't have restraint.

MY VISION IS AUGMENTED

SHUTTUP AND TAKE MY MON-Awww, someone already said it.
But seriously, this is effing awesome. I would like this, and I would like this tomorrow.
Hear me Google, you have 1 day to perfect, test, and ship these to me.

Or the consequences could be dire! Like an angry tweet!

Greg Tito:

Be warned, all this news comes from a blogger named Seth Weintraub who claims anonymous Google employees as his source and isn't officially substantiated by Google in any way. Still, if half of what Weintraub says is true, these glasses will be awesome.

GREG TITO!!

How many times have told you not to get your gaming and awesome technology information from strangers?

Bad Tito!!

I'll let the early adopters take this one. Don't get me wrong... I want this. But I don't want to wear glasses that look anything like the Thump. Let me know when I can have the tech built into these:

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Hmm, I really want these, unfortunately, thanks to my glasses I'll probably never be able to wear them. Now if they released a prescription lens for it, then you'd be talking my language.

I never asked for this.

I was really excited when I first heard about these things, but the more I look into it, the less cool they look.

They're more of a half-assed proof of concept than a great new technology. Hopefully they'll get it right eventually though.

Greg Tito:
Be warned, all this news comes from a blogger named Seth Weintraub who claims anonymous Google employees as his source and isn't officially substantiated by Google in any way. Still, if half of what Weintraub says is true, these glasses will be awesome.

Doesn't that mean the title of the article should have the big "RUMOUR" sticker attached? Or at least qualify it by saying "Google MIGHT Ship HUD-Enabled Glasses This Year". It would help stop wishy-washy fools like me getting all giddy when we see something this awesome in the news feed.

To be honest, I'm a little uneasy about rumours being reported as news in the first place, but I appreciate that you guys want to be there at the beginning of these things, and they are usually interesting reads anyway. At the very least, I know I can just ignore an article if it's just a rumour, rather than fantasising for a good 15 minutes about a pair of HUD glasses before I actually start reading, only to find out at the bottom of the article that the source is some obscure blogger claiming to be tight within the Google tech employee circle (regardless of how legitimate the claims sound).

Valanthe:
Hmm, I really want these, unfortunately, thanks to my glasses I'll probably never be able to wear them. Now if they released a prescription lens for it, then you'd be talking my language.

Much as it means more money, this is why contacts were invented. Now, call me back when HUD-overlay contacts are a real thing.

If you can do this and my prescription then hell fucking yes.

does this mean i can download a halo style screen app when i play airsoft?

WANT!!!!! WANT WANT WANT FUCKING WANT!!!!!

Raiyan 1.0:
I never asked for this.

So many Deus Ex jokes in this thread, I don't think the code can cope!!

OP : Cool, but I bet it won't work as well as the ones in all the movies and such.... not that I want to be a killjoy or anything.

YES! AUGMENTED REALITY!

We are getting closer to the day the corporations take over and I can finally start Shadowrunning.

EDIT: Wait... really? I'm the only one who made the Shadowrun connection? These are the sunglasses you buy out of the damn core rulebook.

nyttyn:

CM156:
I read this the day after I beat Deus Ex for the first time. It's far to tempting to make a "My vision is augmented" joke. But I won't, because I have restraint.

Unlike you, I don't have restraint.

MY VISION IS AUGMENTED

You mechs may have copper wiring to reroute your fear of posting Deus Ex jokes, but I've got nerves of steel.

chinlamp:
YES! AUGMENTED REALITY!

We are getting closer to the day the corporations take over and I can finally start Shadowrunning.

EDIT: Wait... really? I'm the only one who made the Shadowrun connection? These are the sunglasses you buy out of the damn core rulebook.

street samurai's unite ! though the last time i saw that rule book was hmm well i was in school so about 25 years ago. is it still going? really liked the universe myself

zumbledum:

chinlamp:
YES! AUGMENTED REALITY!

We are getting closer to the day the corporations take over and I can finally start Shadowrunning.

EDIT: Wait... really? I'm the only one who made the Shadowrun connection? These are the sunglasses you buy out of the damn core rulebook.

street samurai's unite ! though the last time i saw that rule book was hmm well i was in school so about 25 years ago. is it still going? really liked the universe myself

I was talking about the 4th edition rulebook. AR is everywhere in 2070 (current year for Shadowrun is 2073), because of the wireless Matrix.

Shadowrun is still going strong, it's just that a lack of any sort of marketing compared to other RPG's doesn't help people who didn't play previous editions know about it.

And, personally, I prefer playing a drone rigger or a decker (now just called hackers) to being a Sammy.

nyttyn:

CM156:
I read this the day after I beat Deus Ex for the first time. It's far to tempting to make a "My vision is augmented" joke. But I won't, because I have restraint.

Unlike you, I don't have restraint.

MY VISION IS AUGMENTED

I never asked for these.

OT: Shut up and take my money. This concept seems pretty cool, and would make us feel like we're actually in the future. They'd have to be pretty durable though; glasses aren't hard to break.

Ironic, I've been going back and watching all the terminator movies and the tv show lately and was just thinking how cool something like this would be, going to buy these 2nd or 3rd gen though


Google, have it. You must.

Side note here, but um, Any chance we can get a voice system to sound like Adam Jensen? Or maybe J.C. Denton?

I am now throwing all of my money at my computer screen in a vain attempt to make this happen now.

Google. My cash. Have all of it. Now. I love you.

Google if this is real then just:

If this is real I will definitely pick up a pair. It would be awesome if they actually did partner up with Oakley though just because I like their shades.

It begins....

But seriously, this seems awesome, but I don't understand how you would be able to see something that close to your eyes, without ending up with Virtual Boy sickness.

I hereby declare I shall not buy another phone until these come out.

(Then I shall buy the glasses)

I'm throwing my money at the screen, but nothing's happening!

 

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