Steampunk goggles

Rumor has it Google Goggles may become more than just an image recognition app for your smartphone. An anonymous source claims to have seen a pair of glasses being prototyped at Google that will run Android and connect to the cloud either through local Wi-Fi or when tethered to the internet over Bluetooth to your smartphone. Outward-facing cameras would capture the world, and overlay the image with contextual location data, like most augmented reality apps. That final image would then be displayed on a tiny screen over one of the two eyes. Apparently you'll be able to navigate the user interface with head tilting, which will no doubt get you some weird looks in public.

The glasses will supposedly have a decent amount of horsepower, currently running with hardware roughly one generation behind the current smartphones. Of course, whatever the source may have seen was just some crazy skunkworks concept that never sees the light of day; for now, Google is supposedly unsure if it will fly, and will at best be launching a Chromebook-style private beta program to test the waters. 

This is cool, not necessarily because the idea is new (Vuzix already has something in the market), but because Google's doing it. They've got the platform and the reach to turn augmented reality glasses into every dork's wet dream into a thing that real people do. Now, if Google could cram Kinect-style gesture recognition or some pico projector interaction into these glasses, then you'd have something really futuristic.  

Source: 9to5Google, pic

 
There are 13 comments

briankurtz79 says:

Saw this yesterday. From what i read it was close to a for sure thing.

That would be the first useful use of steampunk goggles ever. ;)

Small_law says:

They are. ;-)

kchannel9 says:

Well duh. I immediately foresaw this, soon as I saw the google goggles app

sota767 says:

I can't wait to see what shapes up. Augmented vision glasses have so many possibilities. Combine it with good voice recognition/TTS and a Kinect-like touch interface in the air or on any surface and you give reality a digital overlay.

richardpandy says:

Looks like the glasses utility workers wear when working on gas lines.

ChBtT says:

starting to save money now....

aaronwe says:

Best of all, you'll get approximately 37 minutes of battery life once you cram a 3G radio, camera, and processor into a pair of glasses!

Seriously -- how in the world would you power this for any reasonable amount of time without an external battery pack?

treyrey86 says:

^^^^ "They see me trollin', they hatin'!"

ShiZero says:

LARRY, WHAT DO THE GOGGLES SAY ABOUT GOOGLE'S POWER LEVEL?

h8rift says:

Get ready for "This restaurant's rating is over 9000!!!!". Its coming.

Mac58 says:

I JUST HAD THIS IDEA 2 DAYS AGO!!! Its like Google is reading my mind O_o

zambalis says:

I read this at slashdot.org over a month a go