February 22, 2012
Google Rumored To Be Launching Android Glasses
According to a report by the New York Times, Google is planning to launch glasses equipped with its Android operating system by the end of 2012.
The report, which cited sources familiar with the situation, said the glasses will have a front-facing camera with flash, and a voice input interface.
The high-tech frames will display real-time info about the wearer's surroundings just inches from the user's eye.
The glasses would be capable of connecting to a 3G or 4G network, and could retrieve information about their surroundings through GPS and several sensors.
The report said that the glasses will cost "around the price of current smartphones", which could range anywhere from $150 to $600.
Seth Weintraub, a blogger for 9 to 5 Google, wrote that the glasses (http://9to5google.com/2012/02/06/hud-google-glasses-are-real-and-they-are-coming-soon/) would be Android-based and would look similar to a pair of Oakley Thumps.
Weintraub said the new frames would also include a navigation system that's functions are controlled by how a user tilts their head.
“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," he wrote in his blog.
The glasses will be able to use the user's location to search Google and find out exactly what the user is looking at.
The New York Times report said Google is not planning on launching the glasses as a potential business model, but instead will try it out as an experiment open to the public.
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