In what once seemed like far-out science fiction, Google is preparing to sell glasses that let users merge the digital world and reality seamlessly.
Dubbed “Terminator-style” glasses for their resemblance to the computer-interface vision made famous in the Schwarzenegger series, the New York Times’ Bits blog reports that the high-tech specs could be available by the year’s end.
Utilizing a navigation system relying on head movement for clicking and scrolling and powered by Google’s Android phone technology, the glasses essentially act as a hands-free smartphone.
But, unlike smartphones, the glasses will also be collecting and analyzing information the user sees. Users will also take in information through an “augmented reality view” rather through a screen.
“The glasses will have a low-resolution built-in camera that will be able to monitor the world in real time and overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends who might be nearby,” the Times blog reports.
While Google has yet to officially release information on the glasses, reports claim the technology is being fine-tuned in the secretive Google X offices along with other futuristic projects.
Surprisingly, the glasses could cost about as much as your average smartphone – from $200 to $600.