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Google Shipping HUD-Enabled Glasses This Year

| 22 Feb 2012 15:06
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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