Every time a new tech product comes out that I want, I make an excuse to how I can justify its purchase. Two Christmas' ago, I got myself some GTX 570s in SLI, just after my birthday last year, a Galaxy S II, and my birthday coming in March (March 12th to be precise, so all of your presents get to me on time) and now there's something I want.
9to5Google reported on this back in December, with some early information:
They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that "normal people" wear. However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface. There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses. Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display such as the one demonstrated below: In addition, we have heard that this device is not an "Android peripheral" as the NYT stated. According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the "Google Goggles" could use a phone's Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0. The use-case is augmented reality that would tie into Google's location services. A user can walk around with information popping up and into display -Terminator-style- based on preferences, location and Google's information. Therefore, these things likely connect to the Internet and have GPS. They also likely run a version of Android.
It's a new year, and thus, new information has been made available for these wicked looking glasses. A source close to 9to5Google have said they look similar to Oakley's Thumps (as pictured above) and include a front-facing camera that is used to gather information and could aid in augmented reality apps.
The glasses will also be capable of taking pictures, with the prototype sporting a flash, which could be a big help at night time. The heads up display (HUD) is only for one eye, and on the side. The navigation system is said to feature head tilting to scroll and click. 9to5Google reports that it is "very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users."
Voice input and output is also featured on the glasses, with hardware specs on the glasses said to be near the level of previous-generation Android devices. Something like a single-core 1GHz chip, 256MB RAM and 8GB storage as a possibility.
I want them and I want them now.
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