Google developing Android-based glasses with heads-up display

The diversity of hardware powered by Android is continuing to grow, with no signs of slowing down. Having started off as a smartphone OS, Android now finds itself used on tablets, netbooks/notebooks, e-readers, media players, in-car computing systems and even – as Google’s Eric Schmidt reminded the world just a few weeks ago at CES – in refrigerators.

A new form factor will soon join the Android family, according to Google employees who spoke with The New York Times this week; they revealed that Google is developing a pair of glasses, powered by Android, and with an integrated heads-up display that allows the user to view the interface and browse content, hands-free.


Spy-wear: the new Google glasses reportedly look like Oakley Thumps

The glasses reportedly have their own 3G or 4G data connection, along with GPS and motion sensors, while the user is able to view a small display that sits within one of the lenses. To navigate around the menu system, a unique method is used that involves tilting one’s head to scroll and click; it sounds fairly ghastly, and somewhat conspicuous in public places, but it is apparently easy to pick up, and “becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users”.

The device will be tightly integrated with Google services, such as Maps, Goggles and Latitude, and will be heavily cloud-dependent, with sensor data being constantly shared with the servers, while Google constantly feeds back relevant and useful data to the glasses.

The new glasses will also include an integrated low-resolution camera, allowing the device to overlay local information (and presumably ads) onto the real world, as seen through the glasses. Google is reported to be very sensitive to the privacy issues surrounding the built-in camera, and is considering the best way to ensure that the privacy of others is not violated by the wearer of the glasses.

Google is said to be very serious about putting these puppies on sale. Although the project is being developed by the company’s blue-sky ‘Google X’ product lab – which is also working on far-reaching projects such as space elevators and plates that can update Facebook with what you’re eating – Google is reportedly determined to launch the new glasses commercially this year.

While the glasses are expected to cost up to $600 when they go on sale – “around the price of current smartphones”, in the words of the Google sources – the company apparently isn’t all that fussed about making a profit; the project is described as an experiment that will be open to anyone, and that Google will only consider the commercialisation aspects based upon how the glasses work in the real world.

So is this an exciting prospect to be celebrated? Or is this a form factor too far? Should Google at least be congratulated for trying something a bit different? Let us know your thoughts below.  

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Aside from the fact that it's made by Google (sorry, couldn't resist at least one little jab), I do kind of worry about the safety issues of using something like this, regardless of who makes it. It seems like it's a really great way to get distracted, especially if you're walking or driving and looking at the screen.

This looks cool. Hope it is done with a FULL OS sometime as I would prefer to use something like that. Or, if the screen display goes away and you can use them liken normal glasses/sun glasses...would be cool a well.

Also, it seems the MODS are slow today. I had to wade thru over 1/2 of the posts since most of them here are troll posts and should of been removed hours ago.

Anyway, cool design/concept. Hopefully Google can implement it correctly.

It's kinda funny that all are busy about either hating or defending google. I mean, come on guys, its an awesome idea. I know that there are many flaws in Google Inc but then, which co. doesn't have flaws? If the same glass was invented by Apple or MS, you guys would have gone gaga over that. But since its google, fanboys go like "Ewwwww.. Its google. Dunno its good or bad, but I m never gonna touch this." Sad...

bmthetechfan said,
It's kinda funny that all are busy about either hating or defending google. I mean, come on guys, its an awesome idea. I know that there are many flaws in Google Inc but then, which co. doesn't have flaws? If the same glass was invented by Apple or MS, you guys would have gone gaga over that. But since its google, fanboys go like "Ewwwww.. Its google. Dunno its good or bad, but I m never gonna touch this." Sad...

Its not invented by Google, altho they bring it like that. I remember MS was playing around with this concept in their R&D a long time ago. And its neither MS's invention.

Subliminal ads 24x7! OR While you are driving a 30 sec ad pops up covering the screen and you crash into the guy ahead of you. lol! (Remember, Google's core business is ads).

I would much rather have it attached to my Android phone through Bluetooth or similar and use the phone for navigation, etc. I guess trying them out first would be cool. Hopefully it would have nice photo/video capabilities. Just think of all the the times you wish you had your phone or camera out and ready. With these, it would be possible all the time. I'll pick up a pair if they are available here when released.

KomaWeiss said,
If it isn't Google hating. Then it's Apple. The lame haters from the Windows crowd. I am assuming.

I just refer to them as ignorant kids (instead of lame Windows crowd).

UndergroundWire said,

I just refer to them as ignorant kids (instead of lame Windows crowd).

At least it's not as bad as calling them something else. So I just said that as a polite term.

KomaWeiss said,

At least it's not as bad as calling them something else. So I just said that as a polite term.

Believe me when I tell you this, how I am referring to these trolls is as nice as I can get. Otherwise I will get a warning for what I really want to say.

UndergroundWire said,

I just refer to them as ignorant kids (instead of lame Windows crowd).

And we just refer to you as a stuck-up Android fan-boy

satukoro said,
Hypothetically, we all have our reasons.

Yeah none that matter. Biggest one being thrown around with the Windows Phone fanboys "My phone doesn't have viruses" Well neither does mine.

UndergroundWire said,

Yeah none that matter. Biggest one being thrown around with the Windows Phone fanboys "My phone doesn't have viruses" Well neither does mine.

That's usually my argument in the face of os x.

satukoro said,
That's usually my argument in the face of os x.

Yeah ultimately it is the user. I run Windows which far more susceptible to virus, trojans, malware and i never once had one.

UndergroundWire said,

Yeah ultimately it is the user. I run Windows which far more susceptible to virus, trojans, malware and i never once had one.

If I remember correctly, the most recent virus I had was back in my XP days when I attempted to get WindowBlinds and forgot to check the torrent comments. User error on my part.

satukoro said,
If I remember correctly, the most recent virus I had was back in my XP days when I attempted to get WindowBlinds and forgot to check the torrent comments. User error on my part.

But did you actually get a virus or did an AntiVirus catch it? I wouldn't consider you to be foolish if you are on the Internet with "protection".

UndergroundWire said,

But did you actually get a virus or did an AntiVirus catch it? I wouldn't consider you to be foolish if you are on the Internet with "protection".

Avast picked it up and cut the connection before it was halfway finished downloading.

ichi said,
The amount of trolling in the comments to Google related news is really peaking this week, isn't it?

Yes they are, but I enjoy the ignorance so thank you trolls.

UndergroundWire said,

Yes they are, but I enjoy the ignorance so thank you trolls.


*insets joke*
*get's called an ignorant troll*

and are they gonna pay for the actual designing or just steal something from lets say prada? otherwise it's gonna be cheap-looking, plasticy and ugly... maybe it could be bundled with the next galaxy s :-D

edit: oh no i didn't read the text under the picture; so its an Oakley ripoff... i mean, lookalike ;-)

Edited by deleted_acc, Feb 23 2012, 8:22am :

Morden said,
and are they gonna pay for the actual designing or just steal something from lets say prada? otherwise it's gonna be cheap-looking, plasticy and ugly... maybe it could be bundled with the next galaxy s :-D

edit: oh no i didn't read the text under the picture; so its an Oakley ripoff... i mean, lookalike ;-)

How much you wanna bet that Microsoft will rip this off for their next Xbox version? How stupid would a lot of Microsoft fanboys feel for making fun of Google for doing it only to find out that their favorite company in the whole wide world will do the same exact thing?

UndergroundWire said,

How much you wanna bet that Microsoft will rip this off for their next Xbox version? How stupid would a lot of Microsoft fanboys feel for making fun of Google for doing it only to find out that their favorite company in the whole wide world will do the same exact thing?

exact what? steal design elements from Google? would be hard to do since all of their services and softwares UI are a Frankenstein of iOS and Metro with zero own ideas... as for this product if you are an enthusiast you know quite well that Microsoft Research is into glassless 3DTV projects and so on so they don't have to go to Google for ideas or to rip off an Oakley copy with an ugly robot on it... Microsoft actually MAKE ideas happen not just steal them or use the patents of others' without compensation

UndergroundWire said,

How much you wanna bet that Microsoft will rip this off for their next Xbox version? How stupid would a lot of Microsoft fanboys feel for making fun of Google for doing it only to find out that their favorite company in the whole wide world will do the same exact thing?

Computer displays on glasses is definitely not a new idea. It's just something that's been waiting for technology to catch up so it can actually be done without bulky components and 5 figure price tags. It's not Google's idea; not Microsoft's either.

Enron said,

Computer displays on glasses is definitely not a new idea. It's just something that's been waiting for technology to catch up so it can actually be done without bulky components and 5 figure price tags. It's not Google's idea; not Microsoft's either.

I never said it was a Google idea. It's Google's implementation that all the trolls are making fun of. So when Microsoft does it they will be pretty silly.

UndergroundWire said,

I never said it was a Google idea. It's Google's implementation that all the trolls are making fun of. So when Microsoft does it they will be pretty silly.

think you are making a bit of a mistake, frankly. no-one makes fun of the technology that's behind the product, the "fun" (i'd call it concern, not fun-making) is about the company - wich to be honest deserves the bash it gets... of course you can disagree, it's called an opinion you know

UndergroundWire said,

I never said it was a Google idea. It's Google's implementation that all the trolls are making fun of. So when Microsoft does it they will be pretty silly.

You call everyone a troll and throw "fanboy" around like it's nobody's business, and yet you're pro Google, and con everything else. Pray tell, what are Google's cons (if any)?

satukoro said,
You call everyone a troll and throw "fanboy" around like it's nobody's business, and yet you're pro Google, and con everything else. Pray tell, what are Google's cons (if any)?

Funny, then you really don't see what I write then. I am pro Android (NOT GOOGLE) GET THAT STRAIGHT OR LEARN TO READ. I am pro Windows 7 but Windows 8 and Windows phone suck. I am pro Firefox not Chrome and especially not Internet Explorer. I am pro Microsoft Office not any of the alternatives or cloud services but I do use Google Docs for Cloud when I need to. I am pro Xbox and not Playstation.

DO YOU NEED FURTHER CLARIFICATION MY IGNORANT FRIEND?

UndergroundWire said,

Funny, then you really don't see what I write then. I am pro Android (NOT GOOGLE) GET THAT STRAIGHT OR LEARN TO READ. I am pro Windows 7 but Windows 8 and Windows phone suck. I am pro Firefox not Chrome and especially not Internet Explorer. I am pro Microsoft Office not any of the alternatives or cloud services but I do use Google Docs for Cloud when I need to. I am pro Xbox and not Playstation.

DO YOU NEED FURTHER CLARIFICATION MY IGNORANT FRIEND?

Nope, the clarification you provided has drawn my conclusion clear as day. However, being observant =/= ignorance. Ignorance is spawned from wholeheartedly supporting something and its faults without observing the equivalent pros and cons of the opposition.

satukoro said,
Nope, the clarification you provided has drawn my conclusion clear as day. However, being observant =/= ignorance. Ignorance is spawned from wholeheartedly supporting something and its faults without observing the equivalent pros and cons of the opposition.

Like you said before, ultimately the user is at fault. So please, don't be a walking contradiction now. You running for office bro?

UndergroundWire said,

Like you said before, ultimately the user is at fault. So please, don't be a walking contradiction now. You running for office bro?

I'm thinking I'll do pretty well seeing as how my only opposition is Santorum and co.

UndergroundWire said,

Funny, then you really don't see what I write then. I am pro Android (NOT GOOGLE) GET THAT STRAIGHT OR LEARN TO READ. I am pro Windows 7 but Windows 8 and Windows phone suck. I am pro Firefox not Chrome and especially not Internet Explorer. I am pro Microsoft Office not any of the alternatives or cloud services but I do use Google Docs for Cloud when I need to. I am pro Xbox and not Playstation.

DO YOU NEED FURTHER CLARIFICATION MY IGNORANT FRIEND?


You're calling other people ignorant, yet say products that aren't even out in beta "suck".

Pot, meet kettle

UndergroundWire said,

How much you wanna bet that Microsoft will rip this off for their next Xbox version? How stupid would a lot of Microsoft fanboys feel for making fun of Google for doing it only to find out that their favorite company in the whole wide world will do the same exact thing?


MS rips this off? MS already has augmented reality glasses and what not in their R&D for years.
Just a promotional video from 2011, want more info, go Bing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...dded&v=a6cNdhOKwi0#!;

stevehoot said,


You're calling other people ignorant, yet say products that aren't even out in beta "suck".

Pot, meet kettle

OK genius, how much different will the Beta be from the Developer release? We will not see anything that is strikingly different. I didn't say that Windows 8 sucks because it is glitchy or blue-screens. I JUST HATE METRO on a desktop. I have no doubt in my mind that Windows 8 will fail. I have no doubt in my mind that business will not adopt it. I have no doubt in my mind that people will prefer an iPad over a Windows 8 Tablet. I have no doubt in mind that your average users will hate it. I have no doubt in my mind that next week we will not see anything groundbreaking with the beta release.

YO DAWG I HERD U LIKE GOOGLE SO WE PUT GOOGLE IN UR GOGGLES SO U CAN GOOGLE WHILE U GOGGLE.

Edited by Phouchg, Feb 23 2012, 8:24am :

funkydude said,
Malware in your glasses would be fun.

it can SEE your credit card info, so now you're ****ed... there's no opt-out once you put google in your goggles :-D

recursive said,

Its Android dude, not Windows.

that's the problem... this way you can download malware and spyware right from the marketplace :-P
well, it could be called an actual feature, you know

Morden said,

that's the problem... this way you can download malware and spyware right from the marketplace :-P
well, it could be called an actual feature, you know

Yes I understand the feature isn't available in Windows just yet, but its coming soon with Windows 8, stay tuned!

recursive said,

Yes I understand the feature isn't available in Windows just yet, but its coming soon with Windows 8, stay tuned!

no sweat, windows market will have some quality control not just the urge to reach Appstore-ish numbers with unfiltered crap and spyware

recursive said,

Its Android dude, not Windows.

With windows you get malware from downloading "fishy" applications from the bottom of the "dark side of the web". With android you get malware from apps in a marketplace.

/thread

Morden said,

that's the problem... this way you can download malware and spyware right from the marketplace :-P
well, it could be called an actual feature, you know

Trolls will always troll

Xerax said,
With windows you get malware from downloading "fishy" applications from the bottom of the "dark side of the web". With android you get malware from apps in a marketplace.

/thread

I love your ignorance. So enough with these stupid arguments. Let's see some actual numbers of people who downloaded Malware on their phone? Otherwise, PLEASE STAY QUIET.

UndergroundWire said,

I love your ignorance. So enough with these stupid arguments. Let's see some actual numbers of people who downloaded Malware on their phone? Otherwise, PLEASE STAY QUIET.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...oogle_android_market_peril/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/02/android_malware/

well that's what you get when no one gives a crap about actual quality control (of course, it's ooopen, it's freeedom, yeah) just boost the numbers to be able to hit App Store in the face with it... yeah, done real good to the customers

Morden said,

no sweat, windows market will have some quality control not just the urge to reach Appstore-ish numbers with unfiltered crap and spyware

Yes, exactly like the OS!

Morden said,

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...oogle_android_market_peril/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/02/android_malware/

well that's what you get when no one gives a crap about actual quality control (of course, it's ooopen, it's freeedom, yeah) just boost the numbers to be able to hit App Store in the face with it... yeah, done real good to the customers

There are thousands of virus for Windows, it doesn't mean everyone got infected. I never got infected by any malware, virus of any sorts on Windows or Android. That's because I am not an idiot. However, if you feel that you are not smart enough to not get infected, by all means go to a system that people actually care about where all the thinking is done for you. By that I mean Apple. God knows Windows Phone is god awful purely based on the market share numbers.

UndergroundWire said,

There are thousands of virus for Windows, it doesn't mean everyone got infected. I never got infected by any malware, virus of any sorts on Windows or Android. That's because I am not an idiot. However, if you feel that you are not smart enough to not get infected, by all means go to a system that people actually care about where all the thinking is done for you. By that I mean Apple. God knows Windows Phone is god awful purely based on the market share numbers.

i won't call a simple user idiot - if a system can be infected via "normal" daily usage (like in the times of administration rights user accounts on XP) then the concept is BAD and should be corrected - a process wich is still in progress at Microsoft

if a dedicated marketplace for an OS can contain apps that are infected or otherwise compromised measures should be taken immediately - of course if the primary concern is the user, not an idiotic race to reach a much older (and frankly, better managed) app market

and really, i would migrate to MTK before going Android - but i like the idea how the "android people" are the smart ones considering that the OS's market share comes largely from the crappy low-end shitphones they sell to customers who want the "smartphone feeling" but don't have the quids to buy something decent

UndergroundWire said,

I love your ignorance. So enough with these stupid arguments. Let's see some actual numbers of people who downloaded Malware on their phone? Otherwise, PLEASE STAY QUIET.

Using your argument, lets see some actual numbers of people who got Windows malware from not downloading porn, using p2p, trying to bypass buying software, or downloading every e-mail attachment they get.

.Neo said,

People like you just lack a sense of humor.

then why is everyone arguing on that post? it has gone at least 15 post on that.

Saex_Conroy said,

And internet nerds will copy idiotic phrases from the internet.


I will say that again.... haters gonna hate.

still1 said,

then why is everyone arguing on that post? it has gone at least 15 post on that.

Because they also lack a sense of humor.

Morden said,

i won't call a simple user idiot - if a system can be infected via "normal" daily usage (like in the times of administration rights user accounts on XP) then the concept is BAD and should be corrected - a process wich is still in progress at Microsoft

if a dedicated marketplace for an OS can contain apps that are infected or otherwise compromised measures should be taken immediately - of course if the primary concern is the user, not an idiotic race to reach a much older (and frankly, better managed) app market

and really, i would migrate to MTK before going Android - but i like the idea how the "android people" are the smart ones considering that the OS's market share comes largely from the crappy low-end shitphones they sell to customers who want the "smartphone feeling" but don't have the quids to buy something decent

Same thing like Microsoft share with the desktop. People buy those low-end craps and that's why Windows has a high market share. As for me, I always build my own PCs and buy high-end phones so in the end I can make fun of all the other losers that by cheap stuff.

satukoro said,
Using your argument, lets see some actual numbers of people who got Windows malware from not downloading porn, using p2p, trying to bypass buying software, or downloading every e-mail attachment they get.

It's the fanboys like you that like to twist it around. Just because it was available doesn't mean everyone got infected. We all know there are viruses for your computer out there. Does everyone get infected. But believe what you want to believe. I don't want to disturb your tiny little bubble you live in.

UndergroundWire said,

It's the fanboys like you that like to twist it around. Just because it was available doesn't mean everyone got infected. We all know there are viruses for your computer out there. Does everyone get infected. But believe what you want to believe. I don't want to disturb your tiny little bubble you live in.

Incorrect, I was simply negating your counter argument. My underlying point being that only inexperienced users get viruses. I use Android myself, and yet my phone's as clean as a whistle.

satukoro said,
Incorrect, I was simply negating your counter argument. My underlying point being that only inexperienced users get viruses. I use Android myself, and yet my phone's as clean as a whistle.

Thank you, I rest my case. That was my point as well. Please read what I wrote if it so pleases you.

UndergroundWire said,

Thank you, I rest my case. That was my point as well. Please read what I wrote if it so pleases you.

Oop, I seem to have missed that.

recursive said,

Its Android dude, not Windows.

I agree, Android has no malware. These Windows fanboys should STFU
/s

UndergroundWire said,

Thank you, I rest my case. That was my point as well. Please read what I wrote if it so pleases you.


Only experienced get them? its a lie if anyone claims they NEVER got any malware/spyware or other cr*pware! Unless ofcourse, you do not connect your pc to the web, or boot your system loaded with anti-cr*pware software.

its been 1,5-2 years since last time i noticed i had cr*pware (downloading torrents with no comments, was a good reminder ) but it happened before just by visiting a webpage (in all fairness, thats back in Win98 days, but still). And many IT guys around me have the same stuff, they get some cr*p every few years, but its not as some claim here 'never'. Altho its for windows and to lesser extend, OSX.

UndergroundWire said,

It's the fanboys like you that like to twist it around. Just because it was available doesn't mean everyone got infected. We all know there are viruses for your computer out there. Does everyone get infected. But believe what you want to believe. I don't want to disturb your tiny little bubble you live in.


^this, every OS has exploits, drive-by's and what not. Linux aint safe, even Unix isnt. All OS's can be infected without user input. Remember Anonymous hacking loads of linux servers not to long ago? OSX is mostly the easiest in the contests (altho they might be biased, as they had time to prepare before the contest). And Win7 is doing quite a good job, Vista aswell actually. Especially compared to WinXP and the Win9x series. But within a LAN, Win7 is unsecure as hell (as it depends on your modem mostly, or set your internet connection to public place ) someone gets past your modem, or into your WLAN or something, and its relativly easy to break Win7

Shadowzz said,

Only experienced get them? its a lie if anyone claims they NEVER got any malware/spyware or other cr*pware! Unless ofcourse, you do not connect your pc to the web, or boot your system loaded with anti-cr*pware software.

its been 1,5-2 years since last time i noticed i had cr*pware (downloading torrents with no comments, was a good reminder ) but it happened before just by visiting a webpage (in all fairness, thats back in Win98 days, but still). And many IT guys around me have the same stuff, they get some cr*p every few years, but its not as some claim here 'never'. Altho its for windows and to lesser extend, OSX.


^this, every OS has exploits, drive-by's and what not. Linux aint safe, even Unix isnt. All OS's can be infected without user input. Remember Anonymous hacking loads of linux servers not to long ago? OSX is mostly the easiest in the contests (altho they might be biased, as they had time to prepare before the contest). And Win7 is doing quite a good job, Vista aswell actually. Especially compared to WinXP and the Win9x series. But within a LAN, Win7 is unsecure as hell (as it depends on your modem mostly, or set your internet connection to public place ) someone gets past your modem, or into your WLAN or something, and its relativly easy to break Win7

I honestly never did get any viruses, trojans, malware,etc. I know how to surf the web. I know how to download torrents the right way. I know how to read (biggest failure with a lot of computer users why do you think people have so many toolbars on their browser?) It's actually not that hard not to get infected if you have half a brain.