The news (or rather rumours) is out that Google’s highly secret project conducted at “Google X” lab will be churning out its product by end of the year (that’s end of 2012). Google X is a secret laboratory where Google scientists work on wild and futuristic ideas. The lab is so secret that most Google employees are not even aware of its existence. But it won’t take long before you may get to enjoy this latest invention – a pair of “smart glasses” that would connect with the internet, or possibly rely on an Android (what else) smartphone to connect with the web, to offer up information in a heads-up display.
This will offer a cool experience – Terminator-Style smart glasses with motion-sensing capability relying on 3G or 4G wireless connections – displaying information based on “location, preferences and Google’s massive information”. The computer glasses with transparent screens superimposing information on the real world will run a version of Google’s Android and with its powerful search and GPS capability, this could be another gadget that could swing Apple’s iPhone users away, unless of course Apple can come out with a more powerful pair of glasses and could do “search and destroy” (just kidding).
Now we know why Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, stock) employed (or rather pinched) Richard DeVaul, a PhD. scientist from MIT with a focus on building wearable technologies, from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL, stock). Apparently DeVaul was working with Apple’s infamous designer Jonathan Ive in Apple’s secret labs building on the next big thing. DeVaul was known for his “The Memory Glass” PhD. Google admitted the wearable glasses are already in the late prototype stage.
The smart glasses will most likely use a transparent LCD or AMOLED (from Samsung) and 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 hot babes who might be nearby (*whoa*). Thanks to Google’s cloud-based services, you may not even need to bring along your smartphone in order to access the internet.
The Terminator-Style glasses prototype is said to resemble the looks like Oakley Thumps model. As a start, the front-facing built-in camera would be extremely small with only a few megapixels but with capability to take pictures and probably flash to help at night, you’re talking about a walking cyborg. The heads up display (HUD) is only for one eye and on the side – probably left for western and right for Asian users (kidding).
It will also function like a mini smartphone as it will include voice input and output, and possibly a 1 GHz ARM A8 CPU with 256MB of RAM and 8GB of storage (*speechless*). It’s an open secret that Google is working on (or already in possession) a voice-control system similar to Apple’s Siri so the gadget could do away with the need for a touchscreen at all. However despite all the bells and whistles and excitements, Google is actually unsure if the gadget will have mass-market appeal.
To start with, the smart glasses can cost anywhere between $250 to $600 (*yikes*). Also, there’s privacy issue because basically you can start recording anyone when you’re wearing this piece of smart glasses. Can you imagine what will sex maniacs do when they’re standing inside a train looking at sexy hot babes sitting in front of them? Furthermore it’s a no brainer that consumers would not like Google ads in their glasses, which will ultimately appears as Google needs to monetize it one way or another.
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