Google’s Wearable Computing Android Glasses are Real and Coming Soon
Late last year, it was leaked that Google is working on a stealthy secret project in its Google X labs and it was revealed that the company is working on a heads-up display (HUD) wearable glasses that runs on the company’s mobile Android operating system. Now, it seems that 9to5google has obtained more information about the glasses.
The eyeglasses design, which is now in prototype, and may be coming soon to developers to test and develop for, will utilize a form factor seen in Oakley’s Bluetooth sunglasses of yore, which includes earbuds on the side temples of the glasses to route audio through. The device will have a front-facing camera, which can be activated for augmented reality apps.
The front camera will be an important piece of the package as it is also now known that one of the lenses of the glasses will not be transparent. This means that there won’t be a transparent OLED display, as previously speculated, and instead the covered lens will display the HUD and users will be able to use the camera for augmented reality.
Reportedly, the camera will also be accompanied by a flash or LED light.
Navigating the UI can be done with movements to the user’s head. Sensors will detect tilts to scroll and click. Voice will also be used to control the glasses. The device will probably have a singlre-core 1 GHz ARM A8 CPU, 256 MB RAM, and 8 GB of storage.
The company is still evaluating potential pilot programs to seed these glasses to developers and it is unsure if Google intends on releasing these glasses.
Motorola is also working on its own glasses, which was developed by Kopin and re-branded under Motorola Solutions–not the smartphone division that Google will be acquiring–that is targeted at vertical markets. Called the Golden-i, Motorola’s glasses use a similar approach, but is said to cost around $2,500-$3,000 when released.