[Rumor] Google May Actually Launch Heads-Up Display Android Glasses By End of 2012

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    At the end of this year, your next Android device may not be a smartphone or tablet at all. According to some fairly detailed industry intel, not only is Google working on a set of digital heads-up display glasses... they are also very close to reality. In fact, it is very likely we will see a set of Android-powered digital heads-up display shades with 3G/4G & GPS tracking by the end of this year. The report indicated that this project is primarily just an experiment by the Google engineers; however, this particular "experiment" is actually being lead by none other than Sergey Brin and Steve Lee. If you will recall, Sergey Brin is one of the co-founders of Google, and Steve Lee is the engineer that is responsible for creating Latitude. Accordingly, if the experiment turns out to be a success, then Google will look at making the glasses for potential business model & revenue streams.

    Regardless, the HUD glasses will supposedly be priced in the $250 to $600 range, and will also boast a low-resolution camera that can monitor things in real-time and provide location specific augmented reality information. It is interesting to note that Google is paying attention to any possible privacy implications that this feature might touch upon, and Google is developing the system so that it can "ensure that people know if they are being recorded by someone wearing a pair of glasses with a built-in camera."

    Further info suggests that the glasses could be similar in styling to Oakley Thumps, and will also have built in motion sensors that help the user navigate through the interface. Seth Weintraub, a blogger for 9 to 5 Google, seems to have dug up some additional info on that navigation system. He said, “The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click. 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.”

    All I can say is... if they make them look as cool as a pair of Oakleys, so that when I wear them I don't look like a reject from a bad eighties "Revenge of the Nerds" sequel, then sign me up for a pair! What do you guys think?

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    I have to see this before I really believe it will be "good" or useful.
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    For most folks "useful" is the key word right there. If these shades make it easy to sign into locations with your Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, etc., and maybe get some decent location based augmented reality info, then a ton of folks might get these just for the social aspects of it.
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    Personally... I think.. Um... This is insane... Talk about the future in modern day

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    Great, another distraction which will lead to thousands more idiots dying each and every year. Just what we need.
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    Insane as in dumb? Or, insane as in surprising that it is coming so soon?
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    Insane as in... It's coming so soon...


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    Yeah... it seemed faster than I suspected too, so I thought it worth sharing with you guys. I love how fast technology moves. It makes it an exciting industry to follow!
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    Not sure what I think about this. Would really like to see them in action.
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    Sony released something like this. It's like $700.
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    As I've yet to find a pair of Oakley's that actually feel good on my head, I'll have to pass.
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    Cool but we have enough distracted drivers already lol

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    I will buy these in a second but only if the interface consists of a capacitive layer on the outside of the glasses so that every time you click on something you look like you're trying to poke yourself in the eye.
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    You realize that with some sort of 3D motion sensor there's potential for these to replace a tablet or smartphone. Oh wait, Apple has already applied for a patent for that technology (not joking, they have).

    The camera is kind of funny....Ostensibly people will be walking around with these and seeing the world through the camera. Kinda creepy, but also very Star Trekkie (of whom, no doubt, many will form the start of the line).
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    I wanted something like this like forever, just to watch movies or play games from my phone. Maybe they will make something far less advanced, and just include wireless tethering to your phone to just transmit video and audio.
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