Google’s goggles: The glasses that take a photo, give you tube updates and much more


How would you like to own a pair of glasses that on your command click a picture, tell you what the weather is like, give you tube updates and alert you when a friend is nearby?

Google is launching a pair of thin wraparound shades that put the company’s web services literally in your face. The glasses are voice controlled, and can check tubes and buses for delays as you approach stations. They also show directions to alternative routes with a 3D map that appears in front of you.

Google’s goggles, (officially called Project Glass), use augmented reality: a technology which fuses the virtual world with the real world by adding graphics, sounds and even smells to the natural world as it exists.

The prototype digital glasses, unveiled on the company’s Google+ social network yesterday, are still being tweaked and tested, and are not available in stores yet.

“We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” Google wrote in a post on the Google+ page devoted to Project Glass.

The prototype glasses are being developed at Google’s ‘X’ laboratory – a secretive lab where sci-fi like concepts including robots, self-driving cars and space elevators – are developed.

The glasses will not go on sale until later this year, but Google employees will be testing them in public over the next few months.

The New York Times suggested they could cost between $250-$500 (£160-£320).