Things are getting crazy on that rumor about Google building augmented reality glasses. The New York Times is reporting that Google will bring glasses that "stream [smartphone] information to the wearer's eyeballs in real time" by the end of the year. The future is almost here, I can feel it!
Weintraub's sources state that Google's co-founder Sergey Brin is deeply involved with the Google glasses project, so the chances of this product making it out alive are pretty good.
The NYT's Nick Bilton now corroborates 9to5Google's report. Bilton says that the glasses have a "small screen that will sit a few inches from someone's eye...3G or 4G data...motion sensors and GPS." The cost: $250 to $600 for a pair.
The glasses will have a low-resolution built-in camera that will be able to monitor the world in real time and overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends who might be nearby, according to the Google employees. The glasses are not designed to be worn constantly -- although Google expects some of the nerdiest users will wear them a lot -- but will be more like smartphones, used when needed.
In addition to the cameras, the glasses are reported to also have a "unique navigation system" that works by tilting a head to scroll and click.
I'm not sure how intuitive that would be, but 9to5Google's Seth Weintraub says "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."
Look, I'm all for high-tech eyewear, being a glasses person myself, but what happens if something like this happens? How will the glasses combat sun and glare?
All jokes aside, would you like to wear glasses that relay info to the lenses? Or is this just an idea that's better suited for the silver screen?