Google HUD Glasses

There have been rumors floating around about Google’s heads up display glasses for a while, but it looks like the rumors might be coming true by the 2012 holiday season (if we don’t all perish on the 21st…).  So what are they, you ask?

According to reports from 9 to 5 Google, they’ll likely resemble the Oakley Thumps. The glasses are also expected to include a built-in low-resolution camera that could be employed in object and location identification. This would allow the glasses to overlay pertinent information about your surroundings—though there’s are a bevy of privacy implications to be hashed out with everybody wearing, and potentially recording, everyone around them. “You will be able to check in to locations with your friends through the glasses,” one Google employee added.

On the software side, the glasses will reportedly work with a large number of Google’s services—including the Google cloud, Latitude, Goggles, and Maps—while displaying the information in a Heads-Up Display. Navigation will be unique, to say the least. According to 9 to 5 Google’s Seth Weintraub, “The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click. 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.”

Development is happening in the Google X Labs, and they are reported to be Android-based (DUH!), work on both 3G and 4G networks, and have a ton of sensory equipment embedded in them.

Retail price is said to be somewhere between $250 and $600, but hey – a small price to pay for those Hipsters to be able to watch TV while riding their single speed in Portland.