Don’t you hate having to take your phone all the way out of your pocket to check the time? Or even looking down at your wrist watch? HELP IS ON THE WAY. Google will be selling glasses that have built in screens with vital information so that you never have to worry about moving your head again. And best of all, you’ll be less able to focus on things! The New York Times cites anonymous sources within Google as saying that the glasses will be 3G or 4G enabled, run on Android (of course), and cost around the same as a smart phone.
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.
So what would be actually showing up on these things?
One Google employee said the glasses would tap into a number of Google software products that are currently available and in use today, but will display the information in an augmented reality view, rather than as a Web browser page like those that people see on smartphones.
The glasses will send data to the cloud and then use things like Google Latitude to share location, Google Goggles to search images and figure out what is being looked at, and Google Maps to show other things nearby, the Google employee said. “You will be able to check in to locations with your friends through the glasses,” they added.
A thought here, if you’ll indulge me: Are friends really THAT important? I mean for crying out loud, everywhere you go in tech, someone is building some sort of gizmo so you can CONSTANTLY MONITOR YOUR FRIENDS. I like having friends and all but I don’t want them tracking me by way of smart phone glasses.