This post is admittedly veering away from this blog’s typical range of topics. However, I was surfing the web and found something really interesting concerning new media frontiers and thought I’d share. Just think of it as something you could potentially buy online in the future–maybe by the end of this year??
What I’m talking about is Google glasses. A number of anonymous Google employees have reported that the company is currently developing Android-powered glasses. The glasses will supposedly resemble a design similar to the Oakley Thumps (below) but with a few extra buttons on the sides.
.So why is this cool? Using wireless connection or 3G/4G connections, these glasses will tap into Google’s cloud and inform the user on their environment, including locations or friends nearby, and objects that they look at. These glasses will also work as a smartphone, with the ability to make calls, use certain apps, and connect with friends. Using GPS and motion sensors these glasses will be able to provide real time information on user’s location.
The glasses will feature a low-resolution camera on the front for gathering information to relay to a small screen built into one side of the lenses. You will not be able to see through this screen but it will be located to the side so your vision will not be obscured. This camera will also be able to take pictures and will include a built-in flash.
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.
When I first read this, I was confused about how the glasses would work. What I’ve gathered is that as you’re reading through the information you will have to tilt your head to scroll and click. I’m not exactly sure how or what that means but sources at Google have noted that this function is a lot eaiser to use than it sounds and that these movements will hardly be noticable to others. That’s comforting to hear but I’m a little doubtful that random jerks of the head will not seem like odd behavior.
Unnamed employees told the New York Times that the new Google glasses are expected to be priced much like a current smartphone (around $250-$600) and are aimed for a 2012 release date.
This post reminds me of Lauren’s post iContacts. Instead of contacts these are glasses and seem to be almost done with their design period. Something that immediately came to mind was how little I’d have to carry around if these became successful. Years ago, before leaving the house people would have to grab their cell phones, mp3 players, and planners. These days the only thing I ever have to carry with me is my iphone. Maybe one day people would only have to carry their glasses.
Personally, I think that these glasses seem really cool. I’m still a little confused about how easy they will be to use and I’m not aware of all of their functions. I’m excited to see what becomes of them if Google does release them by the end of the year.