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Google apparently is still planning on selling some sort of special Android-powered "head-up-display" type glasses, according to The New York Times' Bits blog. The latest unnamed sources say it'll come sometime this year, and cost roughly the same as a current smartphone, which the NYT pegs as between $250 and $600. Navigation and cellular data would be included.

So, let's recap: There's a 10-month window, and a $450 swing in price -- never mind that a $250 smartphone is subsidized by a carrier. Gotcha. Thank you, drive through.

Gimmicky glasses have been around for some time -- including Android-powered visual displays in the likes of the Epson Moverio. This sounds different, however, so I'm going to do something I rarely do when anonymous sources are involved -- hold out hope that this could actually be pretty cool. But while folks are practically wetting themselves over the possibilty of some sci-fi Termintator type specs, consider the type of market a first-generation product like this might be targeting. Chances are it won't be the typical consumer.

And chances are it'll come in at the high end of that price range for the hardware. And that's not counting whatever the supposed cellular data will run.

Source: NYT; More: 9 to 5 Google
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Google's special 'HUD' glasses to come sometime, cost something, says NYT

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I just hope these companies start putting some thought into waterproofing. All these new products are just more things to have to handle delicately. For instance i want an im watch so i dont have to put my phone at risk at work but at $300+ and not even water resistant whats the point?!

"But while folks are practically wetting themselves over the possibilty of some sci-fi Termintator type specs, consider the type of market a first-generation product like this might be targeting. Chances are it won't be the typical consumer."

Didn't people say that about the iPad? If Apple released HUD glasses, there would be lines out the door. If Google does it right, they too could have a hit.

No, the iPad was preceded by numerous vaporware widely discussed on the Internet, by the Touchbook, Nokia's NITs, the Joojoo, by some 20 'Apple tablet' designs by fans, by all preexisting Windows tablets, etc. The criticism was mainly about the lack of features (cameras, multitasking, ports), NOT about the concept of the product.

Stereoscopic glasses are the best and most cost effective approach to 3D. I hope Google finds a way to market this product.

ah, snarky news..

well it's more important that Google patents every detail of the design, than the actual success of their first release.

I read about something like this a number of years ago in Popular Mechanics. Thought about it once in a while since then, wondering if/when it will come to the real world, and what it will look like.

If I recall, the Popular Mechanics article was focusing it on military/police/search&rescue type application, which makes sense. It would be interesting to see how this looks in a Joe Consumer flavor.