Google To Start Selling Glasses With Augmented Reality By End-Of-Year

Posted Feb 21, 2012

According to several Google employee sources with the New York Times, the company will start selling a pair of glasses that will be able to stream information to the person wearing them in real-time. The glasses will be available to the public by the end of the year. The glasses will cost between about $250 and $600.

The glasses will be Android-based and it will have a small screen that will be a few inches from the person’s eye. The glasses will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and it will have a number of sensors that include motion and GPS. The glasses supposedly look like a pair of Oakley Thumps.

The glasses would also have a unique navigation system that can be controlled with head tilting for scrolling and clicking. The glasses will also have a low-resolution built-in camera to overlay information about locations and surrounding buildings. However the glasses were not designed to be worn constantly.

The Google X team is currently discussing what types of privacy implications of the glasses to consider. For example, Google would want people to know if they were being recorded through the glasses. The glasses are being built at the Google X offices, which is a secret lab run by Sergey Brin. Steve Lee, the engineer that built Google Latitude, is highly involved in the project.