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Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year’s End
NY Times via Kurzweil.net ^ | Feb. 21, 2012 | By NICK BILTON

Posted on 02/22/2012 11:08:09 AM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica

People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time.

According to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. These people said they are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones,” or $250 to $600.

The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone’s eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS.

A Google spokesman declined to comment on the project.

Seth Weintraub, a blogger for 9 to 5 Google, who first wrote about the glasses project in December, and then discovered more information about them this month, also said the glasses would be Android-based and cited a source that described their look as that of a pair of Oakley Thumps.

(Excerpt) Read more at bits.blogs.nytimes.com ...


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Sounds ultra-cool!
1 posted on 02/22/2012 11:08:12 AM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Ghost in the Shell like tech, cool.


2 posted on 02/22/2012 11:09:24 AM PST by GraceG
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3 posted on 02/22/2012 11:09:34 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
I can envision geeks crashing into trees...as a google pop-up ad totally blocks their vision.
4 posted on 02/22/2012 11:13:41 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

” Sounds ultra-cool! “

If “Texting While Driving” is a driving hazard - this could be a nightmare...

Is that guy in the Hummer seeing me, or is he seeing the ball game??

Cool - yeah...


5 posted on 02/22/2012 11:13:42 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
According to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year.

For information on where to find the glasses, simply use your Safari browser with all privacy settings set to 'on'. Google will find you.

6 posted on 02/22/2012 11:14:12 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
Perfect for driving. Hey, they're hands-free.
7 posted on 02/22/2012 11:14:42 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Beagle8U

Just root them and install Ad-Free Android. :D


8 posted on 02/22/2012 11:14:49 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

But that wouldn’t be nearly as exciting.


9 posted on 02/22/2012 11:17:02 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Perfect for driving. Hey, they're hands-free.

Or for porn. And for the same reason.

10 posted on 02/22/2012 11:18:36 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
Will these glasses steal the electrons out of my head?


11 posted on 02/22/2012 11:18:48 AM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

anti driving with HUD glasses laws passed in 5 4 3.....


12 posted on 02/22/2012 11:20:57 AM PST by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Beagle8U

Least the glasses will tell them what kind of tree they crashed into. And the address to call the police to.


13 posted on 02/22/2012 11:20:57 AM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Oh goody, now goo gle can track you wherever you go! Goo gle sux.


14 posted on 02/22/2012 11:21:13 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

“Gee why is Frank smiling all the time he has his new Google Glasses on?”

Because Frank is watching porn and nobody knows.

(Face it...you just KNOW someone’s going to be doing this...)


15 posted on 02/22/2012 11:21:20 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

To me, the need to be connected constantly is a sign of mental illness.


16 posted on 02/22/2012 11:21:53 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

“Least the glasses will tell them what kind of tree they crashed into. And the address to call the police to.”

Well, there is that, a feature I guess.


17 posted on 02/22/2012 11:26:26 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

18 posted on 02/22/2012 11:26:56 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

19 posted on 02/22/2012 11:27:17 AM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
...described their look as that of a pair of Oakley Thumps.

@

They would look much better than the prototypes depicted in this old article from December 2011.
@

20 posted on 02/22/2012 11:29:58 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Michael Barnes

21 posted on 02/22/2012 11:33:59 AM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Google Goggles ?

22 posted on 02/22/2012 11:36:56 AM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

So now google wants to track everything we see and say OFF the internet?

SkyNet.


23 posted on 02/22/2012 11:36:56 AM PST by CaptainKrunch
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
I want a targeting app so I no longer have to look down the sights - where I'm aiming will have crosshairs on the HUD.
24 posted on 02/22/2012 11:37:09 AM PST by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

People will try driving with the glasses on, and then they’ll have a blind spot right in front to them instead of to their left. That ought to make it even more interesting driving with dummies.


25 posted on 02/22/2012 11:40:49 AM PST by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: Beagle8U
I can envision geeks crashing into trees...as a google pop-up ad totally blocks their vision.

Funny, but FYI, Google doesn't do pop-ups. Ever. It's policy.

--proud former Googler

26 posted on 02/22/2012 11:43:00 AM PST by Politicalities
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To: mojitojoe
Oh goody, now goo gle can track you wherever you go!

They'll probably track everything you look at, too.

Goo gle sux.

Truly.

27 posted on 02/22/2012 11:44:11 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Oh, damn. I hate and distrust Google, but I’d LOVE these things!


28 posted on 02/22/2012 11:44:41 AM PST by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica






29 posted on 02/22/2012 11:49:15 AM PST by Spunky
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Sounds like a new rash of cases of vertigo for the neurologists to treat. I can’t wait to see someone driving while wearing a pair of those. Texting swervers are bad enough.


30 posted on 02/22/2012 11:51:37 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: andy58-in-nh

Gross...TMI.


31 posted on 02/22/2012 11:52:09 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Gross...TMI.


32 posted on 02/22/2012 11:52:09 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
Sounds like another road hazard to me.

I drive a short sport car and frequently have to veer away from some inconsiderate dipshit talking/texting on the phone, even though California has outlawed it, which I'm okay with. Their right of free speech is superseded by my right of life.

Sheese, I see the soccor-mom's on the phone in my own neighborhood just a yacking away to this day. Really? They couldn't have made the call before they left home or when I see them heading into our cul-de-sac and get home?

Just what us fwy people need, another distraction. /s

33 posted on 02/22/2012 11:52:09 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Beagle8U
I can envision geeks crashing into trees...as a google pop-up ad totally blocks their vision.

It's bad enough dodging teenagers text messaging...

34 posted on 02/22/2012 11:59:21 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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Google's glasses sounds like the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Game: where the plot involves Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) saving the crew from an addictive game that is played while wearing special glasses. Google is evil.
35 posted on 02/22/2012 12:04:32 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

I thought about the issue of “driving hazard” as well. But don’t Air Force fighter pilots already use something along these lines? I’m honestly not sure. But if they can do it at 500 mph (or whatever) then it may not be as big a problem as we imagine.

But as a pedestrian I’m not looking forward to the guinea pig stage.....


36 posted on 02/22/2012 12:07:18 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

The Star Trek: TNG episode where a computer game is played through a visor worn by the player springs to mind. Hmmmm.


37 posted on 02/22/2012 12:10:52 PM PST by Jemian
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To: bravo whiskey
"...anti driving with HUD glasses laws passed in 5 4 3....."

Hopefully. My right to life supersedes their right to watch crap and drive. Screw them. I hope these glasses are outlawed. Do you have any idea how many accidents are caused by kids while talking/texting while driving even when handling their smart phones at steering wheel level, which most don't? I just read a large percentage. Great, give them another tool to distract them from paying attention to the road so as to kill or maim someone else. /s.

Hell, let's make alcohol legal down to learner permit age./s As if teens and others are not killed enough every year on our hwys because of stupidity.

As I mentioned above, your rights stop at the point they infringe upon my rights. People talking/texting or future viewing while driving are a hazard to my and my wife's health. Too bad. Wait till you are frigging home, or pull over!

5...4...3 until these dumb as glasses are outlawed. I say good.

38 posted on 02/22/2012 12:12:36 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

That sounds fantastic...I want it now.


39 posted on 02/22/2012 12:41:54 PM PST by FreedomFighter1013 (Obama: President Zero)
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To: JoeDetweiler

The stuff in the Air Force’s HUD is flight related, basically a bunch of the information on their dash board so they don’t have to look away from their flight to see it. Not youtube videos.


40 posted on 02/22/2012 12:46:16 PM PST by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
These glasses won't be a driving hazard as long as you're in a google driverless car!
41 posted on 02/22/2012 1:20:46 PM PST by LimitedPowers (Citizenship is not a Hate Crime!)
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To: JoeDetweiler
I think a lot of people in this thread are looking for a reason to be offended.

Just as well say that they were going to have an accident cause they were studying something in their rear view mirrors for a few seconds.

If someone is going to have an accident because they can't focus their eyes, glasses aren't going to help or hurt in the long run.

42 posted on 02/22/2012 1:54:33 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: JoeDetweiler
"But don’t Air Force fighter pilots already use something along these lines?"

Yes, in one eye IIRC, but they are highly trained. Big difference with some kid looking into stereo glasses or trying to focus on one eyepiece.

43 posted on 02/22/2012 2:37:37 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
"Just as well say that they were going to have an accident cause they were studying something in their rear view mirrors for a few seconds."

You're kind of missing the point/benefit of the glasses - streaming. Much different than a glance in the mirror or quick change of channels on the radio. Youngsters (others) already get side-tracked by their smart phones and cause many accidents. They don't need something else to kill my wife because they are so obsessed with surfing YouTube. Let them sit in their bedroom and stream/network to their little hearts' content.

Pay attention to the damn road. This is a bad idea. Will be doubly bad after they leave the latest rave, niteclub, or party while buzzed/drunk and need an on-line fix.

I'm not looking to be offended. However, I WILL be offended when some dipshit is watching some stupid video or chatting (probably will have voice capability)and runs me over.

Just because something is doable doesn't make it a good idea. If that were the case, let's lower the drinking age to 16 for those with new licenses. Let's make sure every young kid and their stupid GenX parents can browse away while operating a ton of steel next to us. /s

44 posted on 02/22/2012 2:57:19 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: A Navy Vet

“Just because something is doable doesn’t make it a good idea.”

Sure, but you’re can’t hold back innovation because someone will misuse it. You can try, but it just won’t work. If you think this is bad, wait 20-30 years and they will be implanting a miniature smart phone into your skull with a direct connection to the brain, and the HUD will be in a contact lens or tapped right into the optic nerve.


45 posted on 02/22/2012 3:13:23 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
Everyone can walk around with these glasses in their eyes and headphones on their ears. We'll all be "switched-on" at all times.

Perhaps they can come up with something that plugs into our anuses too, this way every orafice will have type of electronic interface in it.

46 posted on 02/22/2012 5:59:38 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

“Sounds ultra-cool!”


Does it?

Well, Let’s see how “ultra-cool” it’s going to be when these ‘glassholes’ start taking pictures of you without your CONSENT?! And then...do anything they WANT with them.


47 posted on 12/25/2013 11:21:02 AM PST by ourworldawry
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