Google-obsessed blog 9to5google.com has posted that they've received some secret information from deep within the Internet giant's inner sanctum regarding the development of their most futuristic product to date: Head's Up Display (HUD) glasses. According to their anonymous source, the product is still in development, but there's a lot to get excited (or freaked out) about.
First things first, what will Google's HUD glasses look like? According to 9to5google.com, the glasses look like Oakley Thumps, high-tech sunglasses that double as wireless headphones. So basically Google is betting that people want something on their face that's as slick and futuristic as their smartphones are. According to the anonymous source the glasses will have several buttons on the side.
They may look cool, but how do they work? Controlling the HUD glasses is done by moving your head. It may sounds like Google is suggesting that you walk around in public jerking your head in various directions and looking like a crazy person, but according to 9to5google.com the glasses' motion sensors work very well and quickly adapt to each user's head motions so that controlling the display becomes indistinguishable to the people around you.
According to the anonymous tip the glasses have a tiny camera in the front (with a flash) to gather information and aid in augmented reality applications (this is where the future starts to get intense). Apparently the HUD display is just on one lens on the side, and isn't transparent. It also won't be able to project 3D images.
The display will, however, provide up-to-date information based on the wearer's preferences, location and Google's database of information. This means that the glasses will most likely connect to the Internet and have built-in GPS, and possibly connect directly with your smartphone.
Most exiting for the early-adopter in all of us is the rumor that the Google HUD glasses may be available to the public for Beta testing sooner than expected. According to their tipster, google9to5.com says that the designers are worried that the product may not appeal to the masses, and are considering a pilot program.
The NY Times interviewed Michael Liebhold, a senior researcher who specializes in the development of wearable computers at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, Calif., who predicted that a new generation of technology currently being developed by Silicon Valley will begin to blur the line between reality and the virtual world. He thinks glasses (and eventually contact lenses) with built in screens will become the norm in the next ten years.
Until the HUD glasses and other wearable computers become available (rumor has it Apple is working on its own iWatch) check out this classic scene from the Terminator for a taste of the future may look like.