Google is developing a pair of eyeglasses that will have a 3G or 4G data connection and can stream information on the lenses in real time. This is the up and coming technology in the realm of augmented reality, which is the ability to combine virtual data or images into the real world. The “Google Goggles” will include a mapping software, Google+ social network and Android technology. In the retail environment, consumers can browse through copious amounts of product reviews and recommendations. Social capabilities include a face scanner that will scan a person’s face and then checking to see how many friends you have in common and so forth. Many experts are worried this will cause privacy issues.
There are many other companies who are looking in to this same kind of technology. Vizux partnered with DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and plan to supply the military this year and then the public in 2013. Lumus Optics is also developing their own eyewear and are working with top consumer device makers to develop a quality product.
This is truly a hands free device. Navigation is as simple as slightly tilting your head to scroll. These movement will quickly become second nature to the user. The eyewear is expected to come out before the end of 2012, but be prepared to pay a big chunk of money for this technology as the expected price ranges from $250 to $600.
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