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HUD Google Glasses are real and they are coming soon

February 10, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
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February 6, 2012 by Seth Weintraub via 9to5Google.com -- We detailed the first information about the Google [x] Glasses project in December.

They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that "normal people" wear.  However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface.  There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.  Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display such as the one demonstrated below: In addition, we have heard that this device is not an "Android peripheral" as the NYT stated.  According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the "Google Goggles"  could use a phone's Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0. The use-case is augmented reality that would tie into Google's location services.  A user can walk around with information popping up and into display -Terminator-style- based on preferences, location and Google's information. Therefore, these things likely connect to the Internet and have GPS.  They also likely run a version of Android.

Since then, we have learned much more regarding Google's glasses...

Our tipster has now seen a prototype and said it looks something like Oakley Thumps (below). These glasses, we heard, have a front-facing camera used to gather information and could aid in augmented reality apps. It will also take pictures. The spied prototype has a flash --perhaps for help at night, or maybe it is just a way to take better photos. The camera is extremely small and likely only a few megapixels.

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