Google Will Beam Information Directly Into Your Eyeballs With New Glasses

Apparently Google doesn’t think smartphones are distraction enough, because they’re reportedly working on glasses that would stream information on the go into wearers’ eyeballs in real time. We foresee a lot of people walking into walls.

The New York Times cites Google employees who say the goggles will cost about $350-$600 and will go on sale by the end of the year.

The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would 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.

One blogger who has been on the case of these glasses says they’ll have a nifty navigation system that will let the wearer tilt their heads to scroll and click. So besides walking into walls, we’ll all be stumbling around cocking our heads like a bunch of fools. Excellent.

It gets even more Jestonsesque — the goggles will have a built-in camera that checks out your world in real time and then overlays information about where you are, friends that might be in the area and other pertinent stuff. You’re not supposed to wear them constantly, but come on, you know you’re going to want to be all Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: Next Generation, all the time.

Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year’s End [New York Times]


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  1. Alan says:

    While this will never be a commercial success… it will pave the way for a lot of other cool technologies in the future. How soon until they will be able to fit this technology into a contact lens?

  2. Cat says:

    $350 – $600 “Googles”.

    Just. No.

  3. Hi_Hello says:

    finallly!! i’ve been waiting over 10 years for these.

  4. Coffee says:

    I can’t wait for the terminator vision app. It will make my sprees so much better.

    • The Porkchop Express says:

      or predator vision. I know, they probably already make some type of eyewear that sees thermal, but it has to cost more than these things.

    • YouDidWhatNow? says:

      Your Sprees? Bah. Shocktarts nee Shockers is the way to go.

  5. EccentricJeff says:

    Will other people see my porn too?

  6. Cat says:

    The Borg smiles.

    “You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

    • mingtae says:

      Sony is currently marketing a 3D visor on their web site. 5.1 surround sound built in. All it needs is to be 3G/4G and I’d never have to visit another strip club again.

  7. clippy2.0 says:

    I remember years ago, seeing advertisements for glasses that acted as a monitor for your pda/laptop. I’m surprised it’s taken this long to advance to this point. To me that always seems to be the natural progression

  8. LiveToEat says:

    I think Futurama did an episode about this.Except it was Apple’s EYEphone.

  9. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    Anyone ever read the Otherland series by Tad Williams?

    One of the characters was a little girl with something like this, “Storytime Sunglasses” that showed cartoon stories with simple reading assistance, or something like that. (Another character hacked into the glasses to send her secret messages.)

    I love the idea of enhanced reality glasses. Been wanting a IRL HUD for a long time.

    • CrankyOwl says:

      Yes! I love that series. Other sci fi authors besides Williams also predicted this technology years ago.

  10. Cat says:

    This can only lead to one thing:

    More and better cybersex.

  11. Sparkstalker says:

    For typical Twitter/Facebook/other junk, these would be annoying. But for AR apps (like iOnRoad –, I can see where this would be pretty useful…

  12. Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

    If it can do alternate reality, then yes. Otherwise, meh.

  13. SiddhimaAmythaon says:

    This just proves Google is the daemon.

  14. CharlesFarley says:

    How soon until an inattentive Goggler walks into traffic and becomes a Darwin Awards statistic?

  15. nbs2 says:

    Pedantic? Yes. But, the title of the show was Star Trek: The Next Generation. You forgot the “The.” A small error, but I suppose it is possible you already have a set of glasses distracting you from editing duties.

  16. The Porkchop Express says:

    Will you be able to send someone a lmgtfy of goatse?

  17. Shorebreak says:

    “Beam me up Scotty!”

  18. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I want some if I can play games on them!

  19. Cicadymn says:

    If they’re glasses. Then consider me already saving up for them holy crap when can I preorder.

    If they’re goggles. Then they can screw off.

  20. physics2010 says:

    Inducing epileptic fit in 5% of the population in 3…2..1…

  21. Anna Kossua says:

    Jeepers creepers! Don’t brainwash my peepers!