According to tech news site 9to5Google one of their tipsters has recently seen a prototype of Google’s previously rumoured HUD (Heads Up Display) glasses and they supposedly resemble a pair of Oakley Thumps. It has been reported that these glasses have a small front facing camera sed for gathering information, aiding in augmented reality apps and taking pictures. The camera, that is likely to have only a few megapixels, also comes with flash, either for night photography or just to assist with taking better quality pictures.
The display is for one eye only and on the side. The navigation system currently used is a head tilting movement for the purposes of scrolling and clicking. It is believed that its very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and is almost indistinguishable to outside users.
I/O on the glasses will also include voice input and output, and it is likely that the CPU/RAM/storage hardware is near the equivalent of a generation-old Android smartphone.
Even though the product is a long way from being completed, Google is still in discussions over how it will be marketed and sold. There are rumours circulating that Google is apparently unsure if the glasses will ever have mass-market appeal and is therefore considering making this a pilot program, like the Cr-48 Chromebooks last year.
It seems that wearable technology is on the rise and its not just Google working on these kinds of products. Apple, Motorola and Recon Instruments are also working on bringing the technology to the public.