In a blog post, the NY Times revealed a secret project related to a Heads-Up display eyeglasses is underway in Google X Offices. Key developers on the project include Steve Lee, a Google engineer and creator of the Google mapping software, Latitude and possibly Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder. The project will come to fruition by year end reportedly.
The project is to build a pair of Web-connected untethered eyeglasses with streaming images from the Web ranging from navigation aid to various augmented reality application. Images are overlaid the normal vision to provide useful information from the Web. Thanks to 3G/4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion, GPS and camera. The look of G-eyeglasses is said to be similar to the Oakley Thumps. (unlike the photo shown here).
Google already has many apps that might see fit to this project including Latitude, Goggles, Map, Navigation, Place, etc…
The navigation will be total hands-free and will rely on head tilting to scroll and click. The source ensures that “it’s very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.”
Hopefully Google legal team is working feverishly to cover privacy and safety concerns prior to the commercialization. [Via the NY Times]