Remember Robocop? Terminator? our own desi Chitti? What did they have in common? What did all our cyborg heroes have in common? Their visual devices offered layers of information on what they were seeing - a person's identity, location information, speed and threat notification, and so on. What if you could have it too?
If Google has its way, you can have it too by the end of this year. Google has been working on a pair of spectatcles in its secret Google X Labs for some time now that will take augmented reality to the next level. These pair of spectacles - called Google Glasses, will project information on the spectacles screen on top of what you see. They will function quite like your current-gen smartphones (they are expected to cost quite like them too), only with the touchscreen now being replaced with the glasses. Will you be able to make calls? Google is all quiet about the project till now.
Google is expected to start selling them by late this year, but has been very secretive about the project. The few people who have been able to see these glasses are not allowed to speak about it yet. Though news has been leaking through unattributed sources.
It is said people will find it very strange to observe a person using Google Goggles, since they cant see what the user is seeing, but will see the user respond and react to virtual things.
The glasses will be powered by Android and will be equipped with GPS, motion sensors, cameras and audio devices. Expected to be in a price range as varied as $250-$650, they would cost quite a lot for the functionality, but they do open up the potential for some really innovative applications.
Would you buy them?