As you may have already noticed, it’s 2012 and we have yet to acquire flying cars and jetpacks. Though we have made quite a few technological advances in previous years, things still look pretty non-futuristic.
But if Google has its way, we will start wearing some very science fiction-like glasses by the year’s end.
The world’s most favorite search engine giant launched a Google+ page Wednesday for Project Glass, its augmented reality glasses project. The page revealed that Google researchers have started testing the glasses, with an Android-run heads-up display, that the company has promised it will start to sell this year.
The page also contains one of those “here’s what the future will look like” videos, to explain the concept better than words can. Check it:
Essentially, the glasses will be able to stream information to your eyeballs in real-time. Word is that they will 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. The glasses will also include a unique navigation system whereby your head tilting is used to scroll and click. Google employees have said it’s very quick to learn and the mechanics quickly become second nature.
Cleverly, the video’s first-person point of view dodges one of the main problems with the glasses — that you may look kind of dumb wearing them. The pictures shared on the page all show largely glass-free frames with what appears to be a projector on one side.
But it’s the look of the thing that appears to be what the researchers are interested in getting your feedback on. “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” reads the post from Google X employees including Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun. “What would you like to see from Project Glass?”
Cost for the glasses is estimated to be somewhere in the $250-$600 range, but so far no confirmation from G.