By Ermal Hajrizi
Ever dream of wearing those futuristic glasses that you always see in the movies? You know the ones. They bring up all sorts of information about what your looking at, answer phone calls, record video, take pictures – they do some crazy things. Too bad they’re only in the movies, right? Right. But not for long.
Google has long been rumored to release a “Terminator-style” pair of glasses that would lend the user previously unimaginable powers through the incorporation of advanced augmented reality programs coupled with a cellular reception. Today, Google went a step further, announcing on a new Google+ page that the project does exist, and is currently still in the works to fine tune some details.
The team working on the project had this to say on their page:
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.
Google X for those of you that don’t know, is a “secret” lab full of highly-talented Google engineers who dream up and build products that are usually far ahead of their time. Reported projects include everything from talking refrigerators and socially-connected tableware to completely outlandish aspirations such as space elevators constructed from carbon nanotubes. Exciting, huh?
As for whether or not Project Glass will actually come to fruition as a product commercially available to consumers is still unknown. Back in the New York TImes blog, it was suggested that Google would make the glasses available by the end of this year. The price? Anywhere from $250 to $600. Expensive? Well, that depends on how much you’re willing to fork over to be able to see the world in an entirely new way.