Do you ever feel that by constantly looking down at your smartphone you’re missing the world around you? Google is rumored to be releasing their heads-up display (HUD) glasses later this year, allowing you to literally keep your head up while still receiving the steady stream of information we’ve become accustomed to.
The glasses are said to be Android based with data received through a 3G/4G connection. The glasses will collect information about the wearer’s surroundings through GPS and various sensors. Through these connections, the wearer can receive real-time information about their surroundings. Sources don’t specify the type of information received or how it can be filtered or controlled, but I’m guessing the wearer can easily identify historical locations, transportation hubs, restaurants, traffic routes, etc. The glasses are also said to have a forward-facing camera and earpiece.
According to rumors, the glasses will be priced the same as a smartphone- so anywhere from $150 to $600. Pricey, yes, but still within an affordable range for the masses. The question is, do the masses need it, or even want it?
This is the stuff sci-fi dreams are made of and something tech nerds can totally geek out over. However, do you really need GPS based vision? And do you want the constant tracking that goes with it? And ultimately, do you want to be bombarded by ads everywhere you go? Because you know that would be the next step. Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned the creepiness factor with being able to discreetly take photos of people and potentially look them up online at the same time….
These glasses are definitely a cool, futuristic gadget that some people are probably itching to get their hands on. But personally, I’d rather take in the view without getting a constant stream of data to go with it.