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Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the paging-manfred-macx dept.

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kodiaktau writes "Google is working to deliver a heads-up display allowing users access to email, maps and other tools through a wearable interface. According to the NY Times' sources, the device will be available later this year, and sell for prices comparable to smartphones. '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. ... The glasses will have a low-resolution built-in camera that will be able to monitor the world in real time and overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends who might be nearby, according to the Google employees. The glasses are not designed to be worn constantly — although Google expects some of the nerdiest users will wear them a lot — but will be more like smartphones, used when needed.'"

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What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122747)

Blind people will be delighted to read this news, and can't wait to buy this new IPad^H^H^H^HGoogle glasses.

Googloid (5, Funny)

Jmanamj (1077749) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122755)

I will be plugged into the Google at all times. I will fear no evil for Google will be with me, and will guide me to safety. The Google provides divine inspiration, and is the light of the world. The Google protects. You should be plugged in to the Google. Otherwise you are a lesser bing. All hail the Google.

Re:Googloid (5, Funny)

game kid (805301) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122771)

Otherwise you are a lesser bing.

I see what you did there.

Re:Googloid (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39124355)

Curse my inner spellchecker, I missed that XD

Re:Googloid (2)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123053)

The Google protects.

As long as the enemies of The Google still draw breath, there can be no peace.

Re:Googloid (2)

mitashki (1116893) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123101)

THis deserves a proper inspirational marching song:

All tilt their head - scroll,
All tilt their head - click.
We will follow our Big leader until death,
Removing those who oppose us from our circles. ...and possible implications http://www.mohrs.org/snowpeaZ2A.jpg [mohrs.org]

Re:Googloid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123139)

First ad?

Re:Googloid (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123381)

Oh yeah? Hail to the king, baby! Shop smart, shop S-mart!

Chak-chak.

Re:Googloid (1)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 2 years ago | (#39124223)

Can't fool me, I've given up believing in Google for Lent.

Perspective (4, Insightful)

StripedCow (776465) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122757)

So now google is able to literally look through our eyes... great.

Re:Perspective (4, Interesting)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123055)

My thoughts exactly. I got exited at the prospect of practical AR glasses finally arriving on the market ("practical" meaning more or less affordable, and well designed so that you can actually wear them in public), but got disappointed when reading that it is Google releasing them. Remember that they will not just be looking, but analysing and interpreting as well.

Give them a few years to develop this further and combine it with their other data (face recognition for instance), and you get something like the following sitting in a Google server somewhere.
SUBJECT: John Doe (Google ID 1312.11.552.874.5)
EVENT: Observation of known person
OBJECT: Jane Doe (Google ID 7823.14.461.551.6)
Identified by tagged photo, 78 hits, average match 87%, confidence after cross-correlation 99.12%
DURATION: 14 seconds total, eye motion analysis breaks down as follows:
- face: 2 seconds
- chest: 5 seconds
- posterior: 4 seconds
- legs: 3 seconds

Re:Perspective (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123145)

So root it

Re:Perspective (2, Insightful)

Captain Hook (923766) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123349)

You are assuming the device has enough horsepower locally to be useful, as opposed to doing the vast majority of the work on servers and just displaying the results.

You could certainly do some stuff locally, maybe have heading and speed information, how much is left in your google wallet etc, but the vast majority of the work will have to be done on the server if only because of storage space.

For example, asking for directions to the nearest ATM, there is no way to store a list of Points of Interest for the entire world, I doubt you could even store all the points of interest for a large city.

Thats not to say it couldn't cache results when you go to a new city so you don't need a constant net connection to use it, but at some point it will have to connect back to a server to get more information and at that point stats can be uploaded as well.

Rooting it would allow you to use some server other than Googles' (maybe) but who else runs a server capable of that sort of detailed information and who wouldn't also be interested in collecting the same sort of information as Google.

Re:Perspective (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123375)

So root it

Sure, just like my Android phone.

No, wait: none of the exploits worked. So what now, smart guy?

Re:Perspective (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123495)

gp is Australian dummy

Re:AR Glasses (2)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123315)

Sure, your concern is very real, but let's try our hand at sidestepping a marketing trap.

One of the most profound concepts of marketing is to try to convince people that "X Corp's Subset is the only desirable Subset of the overall Set of Products/Services."

So right now we're unnerved at both Google and Apple and maybe even Microsoft if they decide to issue one of these glasses. But it's the Set of AR glasses that I absolutely believe is (part of) the future of computing. So I think I'd trust a company like maybe Samsung, who isn't on my radar of Evil Companies (correct me if they need to be) just making an platform-agnostic set of hardware AR glasses with adaptors to all the phones.

So then for me the question becomes "knowing the very real data sales issues of Google and Apple, if it takes that kind of money to kick this into top gear, then social fashion progress (avoiding the laugh-at-the-nerd factor because "oh, it's okay NOW that *I* do it" might be the TRUE trade off that personal data. Then we just use the Linux mentality and go off the Google-Apple grid.

Re:Perspective (4, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123231)

So now google is able to literally look through our eyes... great.

Listen, troll - stop the mindless Google bashing. Google Interceptors aren't scheduled for beta release until Q2 2016.

Sounds interesting (4, Funny)

pseudofrog (570061) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122761)

And six months after Google releases it, Apple will invent it.

Re:Sounds interesting (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123043)

You are wrong. I think you will find that six months before Google releases it, Apple will have pre-invented it.

Re:Sounds interesting (4, Funny)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123531)

And three years after Apple pre-invents it, Microsoft will re-invent it poorly, call it "innovation", completely botch the marketing and end up having to pull the product within a couple months.

Re:Sounds interesting (3, Insightful)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123555)

Actually, to be fair, Microsoft Research probably had it 5 years ago but the monkeyboy is always too busy exhibiting Tourette's syndrome about Google to notice.

Re:Sounds interesting (4, Insightful)

Sqr(twg) (2126054) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123335)

And everyone will buy from Apple, because "wearing iGlasses" sounds so much more plesant than "wearing a Galaxy HUD".

IANAL (2)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122763)

but I imagine they will be lining up to take the Google-glasses-induced automobile accident cases.

Re:IANAL (1)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122785)

Don't worry, Google flying cars are scheduled for Q1 2013.

Re:IANAL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122873)

And unfortunately we will all get an email (or maybe a pop up in our glasses) saying that Google Flying Cars is being shelved as they focus their attention on glasses.

Re:IANAL (2)

deburg (838010) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122857)

I can just imagine the Police investigating the accident playing back the video from the glasses with the crash trajectory information overlay-ed ... cool

Re:IANAL (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123785)

Download video data of glasses information from involved parties from google. /ducks

Another unnecessary data plan... (1)

narcc (412956) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122765)

They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including [...] GPS.

Why wouldn't this just interface with the users smartphone to access data and GPS?

Re:Another unnecessary data plan... (2)

Mabhatter (126906) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122815)

Because it replaces a smartphone... Why add unnecessary 48 types of networking?

Cell data IS the Internet now!!!

Re:Another unnecessary data plan... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122977)

Because most smart people have a phone with this magical thing called Bluetooth. and a BT connection to the headset would be cheaper and allow it to work as an augmented display with the phone.

I can tell you that there are times I would want my phone in my hands, like when I want to show someone a photo, or a youtube video of a android fanboi getting beat up by a roving gang of iphone gang members.

Re:Another unnecessary data plan... (1)

txoof (553270) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123129)

I wonder what kind of battery life one could expect from such a high bandwidth BT connection. Also, I wonder what the battery pack for these things is going to look like. I hope it's as dorky as a head lamp.

Re:Another unnecessary data plan... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123409)

I can tell you. as I have a 1st gen device. the LooxCie BT headset camera. You get about 4 hours of run time on with full video streaming going. if it's smaller packets of data, a lot longer.

and that is with the tiny battery that is in the LooxCie to make it not a humongous thing. This eyepiece will be at least 12X larger and hang out in front. obstructing your vision on one eye.

Re:BT connection to the headset (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123265)

I'll reply to you.

Maybe if the Big Corps (Google and Apple) produce these types of glasses, hopefully in Sunglass Factor, then we can nudge the fashion sense along away from "Faces". I'm quite happy to have the phone in my pocket doing the computing - I just want the glasses to replace the monitor. And yes, if everyone is wearing them, they're "always on", You can go to a coffee shop and get your beverage, send an email/social post or three, without even changing your expression.

Here's to the Matrix Look!

Re:BT connection to the headset (2)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123345)

You can go to a coffee shop and get your beverage, send an email/social post or three, without even changing your expression.

You'll still need to write the message, which means one of the following:

~A keyboard, which you'll either look at (defeating the point of the glasses, since you might as well have a phone) or keep in your pocket and use blind.

~Voice recognition

~Gaze direction or blink sensing.

So, that would mean you look like you're either wanking through your pockets, talking to yourself, blinking madly or making furtive glances everywhere (or all of the above...)

The Future is Here!

Re:BT connection to the headset (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123439)

Chording keyboards work great.

Some of us have had this technology for well over a decade. MIT Steve Mann(Now Prof at U of Toronto) and Thad Starner invented wearable computing and they have been using this tech for10+ years already. Many of their grad students as well as interested techies also have.

I had a 386 based belt PC, HUD and Handeykey chording keyboard back in 1997 I had a 5 hour run time using pc104 low power useage computer boards and a Nicad pack that was actually a bandolier of batteries designed to run a video light for a camera operator.

when my coat was on, you could only see the hud. Steve Mann made his into funky glasses.

https://www.google.com/webhp?rlz=1C1PRFA_enUS419US419&sourceid=chrome-instant&ix=sea&ie=UTF-8&ion=1#hl=en&rlz=1C1PRFA_enUS419US419&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=wearable%20computing&pbx=1&oq=&aq=&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&fp=4bd463be09dc681c&ix=sea&ion=1&ix=sea&ion=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=4bd463be09dc681c&biw=1626&bih=777&ix=sea&ion=1 [google.com]

for more info into how google did not come up with this but built upon what others have been doing for a while.

Re:BT connection to the headset (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#39124021)

I'm happy to even just take out a normal keyboard and "type into thin air".

Anything to get the Science Fiction Future to arrive here now!

Re:Another unnecessary data plan... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123377)

For me, I'd prefer it had a data plan of its own, as long as it was eligible to get a data only plan. I don't have a cellphone (though I do have a Virgin Moble "phone" that has no current plan as I like the other aspects of it) due to the cost, and the poor service I get with anyone except Verizon in my area. So give me something like this, that can take a Verizon data plan (hopefully), and I'm good.

First design image leaked (5, Funny)

Rhaban (987410) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122787)

Re:First design image leaked (2)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122907)

You jest but imagine the day that we get good brain-machine interfaces (cue the jokes about fingers and keyboards). You don't think people will start linking their minds in various ways? Just imagine sex or drug use while linked in such a fashion (or for the more boring types, imagine working on a project with ha bunch of other developers, all linked directly to each other, no more boring meetings, you'll know instantly that Joe needs that database dump and what changes Steve want made to the invoice module). Sure, initially it's likely to be fairly primitive but eventually I suspect it'll be like cellphones, a few people will absolutely refuse to use them but for most people the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages.

Re:First design image leaked (3, Funny)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122957)

In-the-link-must-control-thoughts-must-not-think-about-hot-porn-with-that-oh-shit-did-he-hear-that-act-cool-focus-on-the-work...

Re:First design image leaked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123477)

Seriously dude, add some facial recognition software and a link to Facebook and PhotoBucket and you have the must have device for the modern perv.

Re:First design image leaked (1)

CryptDemon (1772622) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123397)

Steve will also know all the shit you say behind his back.

Re:First design image leaked (1)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123657)

I'm not worried, I'm sure they'll add some kind of filtering ability in v1.1, it should be working perfectly by v1.6 or so (although I fully expect it to break in random and exciting ways when the all-new 2.0 is released).

Re:First design image leaked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123085)

You can spot the utopian a mile away.

*This* is what reality will be like in 10 years:
http://pyxelated.deviantart.com/art/Reality-1920x1200-25788628

Amusing gadget (1)

sosume (680416) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122791)

Can't wait to see people on the street wearing and using this, it will be too funny seeing them making gestures and talking to their goggles.

Re:Amusing gadget (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123405)

Amusing? Like how cell phones were amusing when they first hit the streets and we saw people talking into a phone while walking down the block, or even funnier, when dorks started wearing the ear pieces and looked like crazy people talking into thin air?

I almost shit myself the first time I saw a teenager talking on a cell while riding a bike. Now it's common.

Yeah, the unusual and novel, that sure is funny.

HouseView (2)

Dave Whiteside (2055370) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122797)

so now you can virtually walk round other peoples houses.
I need never leave the comfort of my panic room

Re:HouseView (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123239)

"so now you can virtually walk round other peoples houses.
I need never leave the comfort of my panic room"

Welcome to Solaria.

Seen this movie? (1)

Mabhatter (126906) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122839)

Ok, just make sure these new. "Connexis" glasses aren't made by a crazy robot factory bent on mind control....

At least they won't be advertised with the Applseed family...

Virtual Light (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122851)

Less than 20 years from science fiction [wikipedia.org] to reality. Not bad.

As William Gibson said, "The future is already here, it's just not very evenly distributed."

Re:Virtual Light (1)

txoof (553270) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123093)

This sounds a lot like the glasses that Manfred Macx uses in Stross' Accelerando [wikipedia.org] .

Though after trying a couple of the glasses mounted screens and getting some serious motion sickness, I'll wait for the brain implantable version.

Cue the brain tumor posts... (3, Funny)

rbrightwell (932570) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122867)

I guess cell phones just weren't radiating close enough to our heads.

Re:Cue the brain tumor posts... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123021)

Mod the parent up. I suggest Brin and company should put their heads into the microwave oven before uncovering such hazardous gadgets. What is NEXT, I wonder? Tattooing microchips in the form of "666" on our foreheads?

I'd rather have the glasses only ... (4, Interesting)

Lazy Jones (8403) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122879)

... connected to my smartphone. Perhaps even one without maximum privacy impact. Existing designs: terminally-incoherent.com blog [terminally...herent.com]

Re:I'd rather have the glasses only ... (1)

Zouden (232738) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123045)

That makes more sense too. I like the idea of a HUD for reading emails while doing other things, or even better, a map overlay of my current location - but for interacting with the device I'd like a touchscreen. Seems better to have a HUD that connects to a smartphone via bluetooth.

selling off cia wear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122891)

yup america is broke its all up for sale....ONLY the f35 they just cant make it work can they....

sporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122911)

I hope it comes in sporty sunglaces. I have wanted to have this for cycling for quite some time. Just display a small map, directions, speed, cadance and hart rate.

Re:sporting (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122939)

Actually might consider gps for the motorbike i f I had this - I actually expect sporting/outdoor pursuits to be the first major market for these, activities where your hands are doing other things and the added data layer adds to safety/enjoyment - imagine mountain biking or off piste sking with a map overview showing dangerous directions to avoid

Re:sporting (2)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123759)

Hart rate? Are deer really that much of a problem on your bike rides?

ReconInstruments MOD Live (1)

unholy1 (764019) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122947)

This sounds very similar to a gadget I read about recently: The MOD Live from ReconInstruments [reconinstruments.com] . /me wants.

Re:ReconInstruments MOD Live (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123007)

Why the hell is this not sold to motorcyclists? Instead they sell it to a far smaller group, ski and snow board.

Having GPS, speed, and engine data, radar detector, and a REAR FACING CAMERA view in that on a bike would be invaluable instead of looking down at the display or having to turn my head and look completely away from the road to see if some idiot in a SUV is riding 12 inches from me in my blind spot.

That company needs to pair with a helmet maker and make more money than they ever dreamed of by selling to motorcyclists.

Re:ReconInstruments MOD Live (1)

hawkinspeter (831501) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123179)

I imagine they'd fall foul of the law initially until they'd provided a few years of safety tests to demonstrate that they reduced accident rates rather than increasing them.

Re:ReconInstruments MOD Live (1)

unholy1 (764019) | more than 2 years ago | (#39124215)

Check out this review by mgerardy [reconinstruments.com] . Apparently he's a bit of motorcyclist as well as a skiier, and it sounds like he has used the goggles while biking.

Only A Slasdot/Redditor Could Love (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122951)

Finally - a product on a true Slashdotter/Redditor could love.

And you wonder why women won't sleep with you.

Finally. (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122963)

I can chat to friends on IRC and watch TV while at work!

Google Tainted Glasses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122969)

Will it warn me away from shops and buildings of ill repute where I may catch nasty viruses?

I can imagine whole car-boot-sales being wiped off the face of the earth...

Missing an important feature. (3, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122981)

I don't see where they turn completely black when they sense danger.

Re:Missing an important feature. (1)

rust627 (1072296) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123161)

I don't see where they turn completely black when they sense panic.

Re:Missing an important feature. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123429)

I don't see where they turn completely black when they sense danger.

There's (will be) an app for that.

PERIL, you idiot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39124207)

Get it right!

Woop! (1)

DomHawken (1335311) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122983)

Epilepsy, migraines _and_ much longer spent with microwaves next to my head? No doubt I'll still buy one. Maybe this will be the kicker that finally pushes 3D TV take up past the post?

Time to regitster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122985)

I suppose then I won't be able to put off registering for a Google account any longer.

Yay! I can further my Gargoyle transformation! (2)

TribeDoktor (629092) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122987)

All I'll need to do next is get my "POOR IMPULSE CONTROL" forehead tattoo, a RadiKS deck, a couple of swords, and wait for the world governments to finally slide into micro franchises...

One step closer to the Darknet (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122989)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(technothriller_series)

Re:One step closer to the Darknet (1)

BlahSnarto (45250) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123433)

I was thinking the same thing when i saw this.

Side note, the author consulted with a few people from Google and a number of other tech companies based in the bay area so i wouldnt be too surprised if he or they gleaned the idea .. ...

To be honest i would love a pair if they werent being release by google.. Would be perfect for those late night rides..

Re:One step closer to the Darknet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123609)

Awesome books. First thing that came to my mind as well.

Interesting (3, Insightful)

lucian1900 (1698922) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123041)

I've often wished for a HUD to allow me to read while walking around.

But why would this be an Android device of its own, rather than just an input/output device for my existing Android phone?

wearable eyewear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123103)

How about an image projected from the wrist watch rather than having spectacles for those who don't like/need them?

iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123147)

Yeah but does it work with my iPhone?

Lenses (3, Interesting)

Bensam123 (1340765) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123153)

I'm actually quite interested in when these will be available as normal prescription glasses lenses. I think this is a lot of geeks wet dream. Heck you could even possibly replace the lenses themselves with a modified display that uses a camera and alters the image to your prescription. Given the imaging resolution would have to be high enough and it would have to have a fast enough response time. This is like the holy grail of all technology beyond being directly connected to your computer via your brain.

Honestly, just using a modified pair of prescription lenses would work... for now.

Re:Lenses (1)

SpaceCracker (939922) | more than 2 years ago | (#39124075)

normal prescription glasses lenses.

Why stop there? ask for contacts.
Better yet, use laser to etch the device on your natural lenses.
Next thing is bio-engineering your genes to hook your brain directly to Google.

Finally, a safety feature ... (1)

garry_g (106621) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123187)

This should make texting & driving a lot more safer ... just add a full-size keyboard to the steering wheel, and all's good!

Something missing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123189)

overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends

.... and context-sensitive advertisements.

Lasik (1)

EliSowash (2532508) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123193)

I wore glasses for 20 years. About three years ago, I had my vision corrected so I wouldn't need them anymore. Now Google's made me want to wear them again.

Contact lenses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123211)

A HUD with contact lenses is a neat idea, That way when the app we have running on the HUD pops up with the an annoying commercial like Head-On we can't even turn it off by shutting our eyes.

That's nice. (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123263)

So what about those of us who wear prescription glasses?

Re:That's nice. (1)

Jesse_vd (821123) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123395)

Get contacts?
But seriously, they should still be able to apply your prescription to any lens

I see what you did there (3, Funny)

e.coli (131048) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123437)

"The glasses are not designed to be worn constantly — although Google expects some of the nerdiest users will wear them a lot — but will be more like smartphones, used when needed.'"

Great, now there will be idiots driving AND wearing these. And at restaurants, theaters, and everywhere else cell phone users abusers currently annoy people.

Still, I would love to have one, or two.

for how long? (1)

zephvark (1812804) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123499)

Google has a nasty habit of dropping projects, including even such wonderful and heavily-advertised products as its Nexus One android phone. I'm more than a bit leery of developing products that rely on their work. These glasses sound like a fascinating toy but... from Google? Meh. When can I get one from a reliable company?

Re:for how long? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123991)

You're looking for a company that doesn't end the line on any of its consumer products? I think you're just going to have to go without.

Exams! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123517)

I was praying for a gadget like this since I started writing exams! Thank god google! No more studying!!

all HUD no phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123577)

This is awesome, I've often thought of cool gadgets i'd like to make that would use a HUD. I'd might get one and adapt if tor use in other projects as well.

The Google Scouter (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123591)

“Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his restaurant?”
“It’s over NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!”
“WHAT?! NINE THOUSAND?!

Look Out! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123661)

Of course, it's "head up", not "heads up", a frequent error. Ironic that perhaps the warning "HEADS UP!" will be more appropriate when the wearer becomes so engrossed in the streaming content that they are walking into lamp posts, despite apparently looking right at them.

Accessibility (2)

Deorus (811828) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123721)

How many people wanna bet that they'll have ZERO accessibility utility and require people with near perfect sight to use? This is the ONE place where Google could actually beat Apple at something related to human interfaces (Apple is in a league of their own when it comes to accessibility right now), and I bet they won't even give it any thought, which is common of them.

Let us hope that someone out there actually reads this and thinks: Hey we could actually use this to help people see while at the same augmenting the abilities of people who already have perfect sight!

I am 95.2% disabled thanks to a congenital open angle glaucoma, and my iPhone 4S' 8MP camera as well as iOS' accessibility options have exceeded all my expectations to the point where now anything that's not Apple feels clunky and obsolete to me. My cell phone can literally see better than me, especially in the distance, and Apple makes that kind of use even more convenient with subtle changes to the way apps work such as by increasing the zoom cap in the Pictures app when accessibility Zoom is enabled, even if it's not active, because they actually KNOW that SOME people have a use case for this kind of thing, and yet this has absolutely no impact in the way normal people use their iPhones, most are completely oblivious to these details.

Getting closer... (1)

FunPika (1551249) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123845)

...to what M.T. Anderson envisioned in Feed [wikipedia.org] .

Head bobbing (3, Funny)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123865)

"The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click," Mr. Weintraub wrote this month. "We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users."

Like this [youtube.com] ?

WHY? (1)

Skal Tura (595728) | more than 2 years ago | (#39123923)

WHY was my first reaction that of total fear, being fed subliminal images by our data overlord?
That surprised me.

I immediately imagined after reading the title a wearable glasses type display which is displaying information in cyberpunk fashion and feeding subliminal images for brainwashing. Huh.

Slashdot icons (1)

Guignol (159087) | more than 2 years ago | (#39124033)

Well it has been asked for many times before but this time, Slashdot will really have to rethink their Google and Microsoft icons

Sounds a lot like (1)

SLot (82781) | more than 2 years ago | (#39124053)

what Kopen is doing with Motorola: Golden-i [mygoldeni.com]

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