Google is going to launch high-tech glasses for those who continuously look into the pocket to check a Smartphone for even minute information. These high-tech internet-connected glasses will come with a heads-up display (HUD) and will be based on Android OS. The rumors regarding Google HUD glasses were begun in December, 2011. These HUD glasses will be available for public at the end of 2012 with a price tag ranging between $250 and $600. The cost is same as the price of smartphones.
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Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google and Steve Lee, Google engineer are the main leaders of the Google's Android-Based Glasses project. It is expected that Google will launch different versions of these glasses. Google HUD Glasses will look something similar to Oakley’s Thump Mp3 glasses with integrated microphone and earpiece. These “Terminator” - style glasses may be known as Google X.
These glasses will have a small built-in camera (with flash and I/O) in the front for recognizing the objects and taking photos. The camera will also overlay information regarding nearby buildings, locations and friends. Google’s glasses will be sensor-packed and have 3G or 4G support. They may work with augmented-reality applications and include a GPS. A unique navigation system will be also incorporated.
It is expected that a wearer can control the navigation system by tilting his head. Augmented Reality, a unique technology will be also equipped in these HUD glasses. When the user will wear the glasses, he/she can get the information of the surroundings directly. There will be a small display for providing data immediately to the user. These glasses will allow the users to connect to Google Maps (for navigation and directions), Google Goggles (for searching information about a particular product) and Google Latitude (for checking-in several areas).
The information will be shown in an augmented reality view instead of a Web browser page. Glasses may feature 256 of RAM, 1GHz processor and 8GB of storage. With the help of these glasses, users will be able to access Google Maps to get driving or walking directions, real-time traffic information as well as alternative directions. They can also access to local reviews of a new restaurant, connect to friends via Google+ as well as able to record images/video.
The glasses will feature all the specs that are generally found in today’s Smartphones. These glasses will have the heads-up display so they cannot be worn all the time. Google expects that some users may exaggerate so it is looking to assure people that no one is going to track them at all time. Google glasses will have continuous internet access so the members of the team should make them very secure to prevent someone to hack. There are still lots of details to emerge by the company.
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