Five Things We'd Like to See from Google's Heads-Up Display

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Talk about Google Goggles: Google is reportedly working on a pair of Android-powered glasses that will have a heads-up display, and respond to head movements, according to a report by 9to5google. The glasses, which reportedly look like a pair of Oakley Thumps, will have the processing equivalent of a first-gen Android phone, which 9to5google speculates could be a 1GHz ARM A8, 256MB RAM and 8GB of storage. A front-facing camera will be able to take pictures  and be used with augmented reality apps. 

 Not much else is known about these specs, but, based on what we think we know, here are a few things we'd like to see implemented in the glasses. 


1. Augmented Reality Games

 When we played around with the Appfinity Appblaster, we literally had a blast shooting aliens as they floated around our office. Being able to use our iPhone's camera in a three-dimensional space added an extra layer of excitement when gaming. Now, imagine turning the world into your own virtual first-person shooter using the glasses' camera. What better way to prepare for the zombie apocalypse?

2. Enhanced Reading

 A neat feature on the LG Ally let us point the phone's camera at an "Iron Man" comic book, and have a virtual Iron Man appear and then fly off the screen. While gimmicky for a phone, it can be much more useful in a pair of glasses. Imagine reading a newspaper or magazine with the Goggles, and a video featuring additional content pops up on the screen. We can also see this as a way for advertisers to get additional info about their products to consumers, though it may be unsettling for the Jolly Green Giant to suddenly appear when you reach for a can of green beans. 


3. Friend Finder 

Ever lose your friend in a crowd? Provided they have some sort of tracking enabled on their smart phones, you could simply swivel your head to see where they are in relation to you. Ideally, it would work sort of like Yelp's monocle feature (pictured). 

4. Hands-Free Calling and Messaging

It's already in watches and cars (and, goggles), so why not glasses? Instead of having to fish your phone out of your pocket every time someone texts or calls, it would simply pop up on the display. You could then choose to answer the call or let it go straight to voicemail.  

5. Driving

The biggest problem with in-car navigation systems is that you have to keep looking down to make sure you're on the right road, but what if the path was laid out right before your eyes? While it might be a bit too distracting, having the correct route illuminated would certainly cut down on u-turns.

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  • Tom Hunt Says:

    For me, I would like option three the most out of all of the list. To me the list is a bit meh however and not imaginative enough. The KILLER app for me would be 'speech to text'. I am deaf and this would be life changing for me. While I have good speech recognition, there are times when I cannot understand normal conversation on the phone or in real life. I do recognise that this for now will be flawed but this will be life changing for me and I would buy it now if I could.

  • Johnny Says:

    The possibilities these "Googles" can potentially offer are exciting!
    Google is already in a perfect position to align these with their other android device's to improve gaming, apps, continue their quest to supply us with our endless hunger for information, countless benifits to consumers, instant marketing for business owners nearby (Groupon look out!), Considering 3 restaurants in the area? 1 is having a special & has a 5 Star rating!! Everybody wins.
    Google's Social Networking can be taken to a whole new level if it utilizes facial recognition technology & display profile's of those around us. Imagine running into an attractive person at starbucks or on the street and be able to see their profile right on your Googles? Single Status? Ability to send a msg or wink to those who subscribe?
    Improved marketing strategies for big or small businessess being able to actually see what type of consumer's are passing through.
    Sure there will always be negative's with such a positive new radical idea being implemented & frivalous lawsuits, but thats what disclaimers are for and thats why the challenges are already recognized as how to display the information while walking or driving so it compliments our surroundings not disrupt them.
    I would definitely buy these if they managed to get it right.

  • Chris Poulos Says:

    Since I have used a HUD on my glasses while driving I find it can be distracting. This could be a real problem and lawyers are going to have a field day with this one. If the HUD goes blank or flashes uncontrollably an accident could happen. You think texting is a problem while driving.

  • Fauzul Says:

    I would buy it for the fifth feature. It would be really helpful during night time driving where vision is quite limited. Plus the glass looks awesomely cool.

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