Google's Augmented Reality Glasses 'HUD' Coming by Year's End

The Google glasses -- or literal Google Goggles will utilize a range of Google technologies and databases to deliver a real-time stream of information to the wearer. According to a NY Times article, Google is going to release "heads up display glasses" by the end of the year.According to several Google employees familiar with the […]

The Google glasses -- or literal Google Goggles will utilize a range of Google technologies and databases to deliver a real-time stream of information to the wearer. According to a NY Times article, Google is going to release "heads up display glasses" by the end of the year.

According to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. These people said they are expected to "cost around the price of current smartphones," or $250 to $600," the NT Times reports.

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The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone's eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS.

They will also have a unique navigation system. "The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click," Mr. Weintraub wrote this month. "We're 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."

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."

"One Google employee said the glasses would tap into a number of Google software products that are currently available and in use today, but will display the information in an augmented reality view, rather than as a Web browser page like those that people see on smartphones."

Adding, "The glasses will send data to the cloud and then use things like Google Latitude to share location, Google Goggles to search images and figure out what is being looked at, and Google Maps to show other things nearby, the Google employee said. "You will be able to check in to locations with your friends through the glasses," they added.

The project is currently being built in the Google X offices, a secretive laboratory near Google's main campus that is charged with working on robots, space elevators and dozens of other futuristic projects.

A Google spokesman declined to comment on the project.

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