Feb 24, 2012
Google Goggles, the augmented-reality service from Google that scans photographs for related information, is about to come to a new platform: glasses. Yes, it appears as if the term Google Goggles is about to become literal, as the New York Times and 9 to 5 Google are reporting. These glasses, which reportedly resemble Oakley Thumps, would offer a heads-up display with a built-in camera to get augmented reality information. Users could hypothetically put them on and look around their surroundings to get information on nearby restaurants and stores, or to help identify landmarks. The devices would be Android-powered, and have Bluetooth and cellular radios for communication. User head movement would power the device’s user interface, where nods would help move between menus and confirm selections. They’re not meant to be worn all the time, but as something to be put on when necessary. It’s a bold idea, one that Google may be releasing just as a sort of public experiment, and one that hasn’t been revealed to the public yet, but these could be an intriguing new piece of technology.