Not long after we reported on Epson releasing a pair of Android powered glasses, Google has revealed a concept video and images of their own solution, and they're nothing short of uber cool!
The concept reveals a standard pair of glasses without the lenses. Instead, the left arm wraps around with what looks like a tiny transparent OLED display attached.
Controlling the glasses appears to be entirely by voice, and can gauge what you want using live video for context. If Google has its way, the glasses will essentially be a wearable smartphone capable of playing back media, providing directions, making video calls, and updating social sites.
There's no mention of whether Google has considered the awkward aspect of talking to a pair of glasses. What we do know is that they considered the visual aspect - the glasses don't look any more crazy the crap designers put out at fashion shows. In fact, they're quite tame.
The glasses are currently under development as part of the secret Google X labs, and will be publically tested within the coming months. Other projects that have come from this lab include the self-driving car, which recently celebrated 200,000 accident free miles. The project is going so well, they let a blind man drive it.
Google is working hard to keep users connected to the internet, their home turf, where they can display ads for revenue. This might sound terrible, but imagine being informed about deals for stores near your location, or having alternate brands get displayed for your consideration. If that's not your type of thing, we're sure it won't take long for ad blockers to come along. Whatever the case is, hopefully we'll get to see the thing in action soon!
Update! Robert Scoble has spotted none other than Google's co-founder Sergey Brin wearing a prototype at a charity dinner!
Sergey Brin wearing a Google Glass prototype. Credit: Thomas Hawk