Google to Launch Internet Glasses Before the End of the Year? [POLL]

In Life by Kim Muraro , on Thursday, February 23, 2012, 5:21 AM (PST)
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The Google Goggles Would Include a Camera, Sensor Motion and GPS (Right Before Your Eyeballs)

It may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the New York Times reports that Google may be set to release a pair of Internet glasses by the end of 2012.

What, exactly, are "Internet glasses"? Glad you asked. As the Times describes them, they are "glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time."

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According to Google employees who spilled details on the high-tech project to the Times, the glasses will resemble a pair of Oakley Thumps, will cost between $250-600 (roughly the price of a smartphone) and will be Android-based.

The glasses will also have a small screen that will sit a few inches from the wearer's eyes, and will include a 3G or 4G data connection, a motion sensor and a GPS sensor.

More from the Times story:

"'The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click,'" blogger Seth Weintraub writes. "'We are 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."

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From a technology standpoint, the glasses sound ridiculously cool, but there is a glitch … that built-in camera means people wearing the glasses could be recording everything, and everyone, around them.

Privacy issues?

The Times reports, "Internally, the Google X team has been actively discussing the privacy implications of the glasses and the company wants to ensure that people know if they are being recorded by someone wearing a pair of glasses with a built-in camera."

Hmmmm … tell us:

Take Our Poll

Are Google's Internet glasses:

  1. So cool! I want a pair NOW!
  2. Kinda creepy. I don't want to be filmed by someone looking at me through glasses. Plus, aren't we all plugged in enough already?


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