Google hints at new AR glasses in video

If you’ve ever wanted a heads-up display like the one in Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit that gives you directions as you cruise around the city, lets you chat with your pals, and picks out which terrorists to blast, you’re in luck. Google Glasses, which puts Google functions right in front of your eyes, may soon let you do exactly that – well, except that last part.

A video posted on Google+ this morning by the secretive GoogleX group gives a bit of insight into the product under development (see above). In it, a glasses-wearer goes through his day making appointments to meet friends, buying coffee, and snapping photos of street art with nary a swipe or keystroke to be seen.

On the Google+ page, the developers of Project Glass ask for feedback. “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,”they write. But the project has been in the works for some time; the New York Times reported in February that the glasses will likely go on sale by the end of 2012. They are expected to be priced in the same range as an Android phone: $250 to $600.

The video suggests that the glasses will include GPS, their own video camera, a 4G internet connection, and a music player.A photo of the prototype shows a small display in the upper right-hand corner of the glasses and several buttons on their arms. The blog 9 to 5 Google has heard that wearers will control the device with a combination of voice commands and head tilts to scroll and click.

Best of all, since the display allows wearers to keep their heads up, pedestrians checking checking their email or texting while crossing the street should still be able to see oncoming cars, bikes, and telephone poles. Rest easy, folks: the brief but dangerous period of technological adolescence known as the era of distracted walking may soon be over.



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