Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Google to launch ‘Smart Glasses’ this year?

NYTimes today published a story detailing how its sources state that Google will launch augmented –reality (AR) glasses by the end of this year. We have been hearing about these glasses for quite-some time now. While, there is no way to have a direct confirmation about this project but it is certainly feasible with today’s technology.

According to NYT report, these smart glasses will be Android powered and come with a small display that will be used to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time. Glasses will come with 3G/4G connection to get the data from any place along with a number of sensors to help with refining of the data. They will also come with a low-res camera to capture the surrounding in real-time and help in over-laying info, similar to what we do with AR apps on our smartphones.

But everything comes for a price and Google’s smart AR glasses aren’t going to be cheap. As per the Google employees who talked to NYT suggested a pricing in line-with modern smartphones. So, you will have to shell out anywhere in between $250 to $600 for these glasses.

Seth from 9To5Google has been tracking this project for last couple of months, and according to his sources, the glasses would look something like the following.

Google Glasses are part of company’s secret X lab and is much like an experiment and Google is not looking as these as potential revenue generation opportunity and if these become successful then this strategy might change.

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