Google to sell heads-up display glasses by year’s end
February 22, 2012
Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time will go on sale to the public by the end of the year, according to unnamed Google employees, the New York Times Bits blog reports.
They will be Android-based and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone’s eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS. They are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones,” or $250 to $600.
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.
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, a Google employee said.