Feb 03 AT 3:11 PM Dustin Earley 58 Comments

Is Google ready to test their Android powered wearable glasses?

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Back in mid-December, some information about what Google was working on at their top secret Google X lab made its way online that left us wanting more. According to 9to5 Google, Google has been working on some Android powered smart glasses that would feature a heads up display for relaying information from the cloud. We still don’t know if this is true, or if it is, when the smart glasses would hit retail shelves, but Google has filed a request with the FCC signaling they are ready to test an “entertainment device” that will eventually be available to the masses.

In the original rumor report from 9to5 Google’s Seth Weintraub, Google’s smart glasses were detailed as looking like your average pair of eyeglasses, save for some unobtrusive buttons on the arms. The lenses would feature some sort of transparent display technology, similar to Samsung’s transparent Super AMOLED, that would show information based on several different things. If paired with an Android device, the glasses could very well let you know who is calling when your phone goes off, give a brief description of an email, or notify you of a calendar alert. But Google’s glasses might not have to be used with an Android device at all.

Rumors peg the glasses as capable of running on their own. They’d have some sort of data or WiFi and GPS access for connecting with your Google account, and bringing you location aware information. For example walking into your favorite gelato shop downtown may trigger a notification letting you know Google has a coupon available for this store. We imagine Google Maps navigation is another real possibility.

The reality of the situation here is that none of these rumored features could ever make it to consumers without some serious real world trials. Which is exactly what Google’s FCC request is all about.

Google has sent a request to the FCC to test 252 “entertainment devices” from January 17, to July 17, on home WiFi networks and through Bluetooth. At this point, we have no solid idea on what Google could possibly be testing. But we do know that the smart glasses rumor does have some weight behind it. “Prominent wearables” PhD Richard DuVaul, whose work centered around wearable heads up displays, has been employed at Google for just over six months now, or just enough time for a prototype device to hit the real world testing phases. Then again, we could be looking at something far less revolutionary like a watch.

With 252 of these new entertainment devices in the wild, someone is bound to leak something soon.

Via: 9to5 Google

Source: FCC

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Bryan Stoner

    Mother @)($!@$ shit. My nerd dream come true. Please be reaLL!

    • WarDrake

      Everyone’s nerd dream, not yours, now we just need to make them contact lenses and we’re done!

      tho i read sometime ago about some company working on those…

    • Jeff Pan

      The next would be Android powered mind reader!

      Though can work the reverse too!

      You run into a hot girl and she knows what you are thinking!

      • TimeOut42

        Like she wouldn’t already know what you are thinking :)

        • honourbound68

          lol no kidding. more augmented reality is good. i can imagine a victoria secret app that dresses (or strips down) whomever you’re viewing and clothing them in lingerie.

        • Jeff Pan

          The difference being you actually know if she wants it or not!

    • LukeT32

      How do i sign up to test them!!!!?????!!!!

  • Steve Nutt

    Yes please!!!

  • droilfade

    Awesome! I hope they incorporate this too in the glasses> http://www.ted.com/talks/pattie_maes_demos_the_sixth_sense.html

  • theJP

    I would find it very difficult not to ask everyone if they were Jon Connor while wearing these.

  • spazby

    very cool

  • thekaz

    c’mon, xda-developers! give me an x-ray ROM for these!!

  • cheeseonastick

    Holy moly

  • Warden Chinbach

    Im thinking this is a game system

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    So um, take these rumored glasses, add the Xappr Gun to your phone, and suddenly dystopian high-tech futures like Shadowrun where technology rules all aspect of your life, including sensory augmentation don’t seem so outlandish.

    I hope this is real. Imagine something akin to Shadowrun: The LARP.

    • Billy

      Shadowrun crossed my mind also … its coming.

    • mac08wrx

      Oh shadowrun those where the days lol. Now its gonna be a reality. I’m glad I practiced;-)

  • TURDxSANDWICH

    Umm… any guess on what kind of battery life glasses with an always-on-data connection and GPS connection would last?

    I’m not really seeing the practicality and therefore the market for these bad-boys.

  • virexed

    We’re all turning into Androids… literally.
    First person GPS anyone?

  • Kelly

    At the rate we’re going, I expect to have my Android-powered titanium exoskeleton by 2015.

  • greeny42

    I’m just waiting for the Borg eyeball implants. I’m ready to be part of the collective.

    (Dorky question… do you capitalize The Collective, or would that be presumptuous/individualistic?)

  • Steve Jobs

    Sorry but Apple will let you release them,then we will file a patent on eyeglasses with a HUD, sorry,but we have to innovate somehow…

  • Ray
  • Billy

    That sounds pretty awesome … next I want android powered eyes!!

    A partnership with Oakley, Ray-Ban etc… Bring style, tech, functionality all together into a terminator, matrix, world!

    • Billy

      Hmm … of course Oakley and Ray-Ban are owned by the same people … but whatever .. you get the idea.

  • Billy

    They come pre-loaded with Google Goggles … had to say it ..

  • WlfHart

    I’d pay to be a tester…

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    …Now that we got the glasses, could we please, please get a hover board?

  • Ismael Rodriguez

    I’d rock them. Hopefully, there’d be some deal worked out with a optometry supplier or something so they can be made for prescription sunglasses…but hell, if they work well enough, I’d switch to contacts.

  • clocinnorcal

    Google should name it the “eyePhone” :P No but seriously that is my ultimate nerd wet dream! OMG I want a pair!

  • SnDaa

    I’m getting Deus Ex vibes here :D

  • aranea

    Who are the lucky 252? Can I be one of them?

  • The Omega Man

    I just hope that they are developing the new EyePhone! ;-)

  • Hall Lo

    OMG!! The futures here! :O

  • jamesj0

    Isn’t the “entertainment device” more likely the little media cube things they showed off at google I/O last year as part of the @home project?

  • Josh Schneider

    Google E.Y.E. = Google Entertainment You Enjoy

  • E-man

    Very cool.

  • http://a1.blogspot.com EwanRGR

    A couple thoughts. First off, it would be helpful if this was something where it could be attached or overlay prescription glasses – unless the setup will let you tune the focus of what you are looking at (both the heads up and through the glasses) so you don’t need prescription lenses I suppose.

    Second, I would hope they’d offer a mode where you could make them less or non-transparent for viewing videos and the like.

  • Androidicus_Maximus

    Yes please!!!!

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    COOLEST. THING. EVER.

  • mmitchum

    Ho-ly Shit!

  • Adam Snyder

    i think driving with this would be helpful with android

  • Chris Poulos

    I have been watching Richard DeVaul since he was back at MIT. I know his ideas will be coming to fruition. With Microsoft with the sensecam, Apple with Siri (really Dragon Systems), and now Google with wider applications and wider appeal. I have been using a static reminder glasses with small font print for my daily to-do list for a couple of years. This keeps on task. Go Richard!

  • CP

    I have been watching Richard DeVaul since he was back at MIT. I know his ideas will be coming to fruition. With Microsoft with the sensecam, Apple with Siri (really Dragon Systems), and now Google with wider applications and wider appeal. I have been using a static reminder glasses with small font print for my daily to-do list for a couple of years. This keeps on task. Go Richard!

  • Christopher Poulos

    I have been watching DeVaul since he was back at MIT. I know his ideas will be coming to fruition. With Microsoft with the sensecam, Apple with Siri (really Dragon Systems), and now Google with wider applications and wider appeal. I have been using a static reminder glasses with small font print for my daily to-do list for a couple of years. This keeps on task. Go Richard!

  • chris wilson

    They sound so crazy I can’t wait to actually see them
    http://geekedoutelectronics.blogspot.com/2012/02/google-goggles.html

  1. Mother @)($!@$ shit. My nerd dream come true. Please be reaLL!

  2. I would find it very difficult not to ask everyone if they were Jon Connor while wearing these.

  3. c’mon, xda-developers! give me an x-ray ROM for these!!

  4. Warden ChinbachGuest 3 years ago

    Im thinking this is a game system

  5. So um, take these rumored glasses, add the Xappr Gun to your phone, and suddenly dystopian high-tech futures like Shadowrun where technology rules all aspect of your life, including sensory augmentation don’t seem so outlandish.

    I hope this is real. Imagine something akin to Shadowrun: The LARP.

  6. Umm… any guess on what kind of battery life glasses with an always-on-data connection and GPS connection would last?

    I’m not really seeing the practicality and therefore the market for these bad-boys.

  7. We’re all turning into Androids… literally.
    First person GPS anyone?

  8. KellyGuest 3 years ago

    At the rate we’re going, I expect to have my Android-powered titanium exoskeleton by 2015.

  9. I’m just waiting for the Borg eyeball implants. I’m ready to be part of the collective.

    (Dorky question… do you capitalize The Collective, or would that be presumptuous/individualistic?)

  10. Steve JobsGuest 3 years ago

    Sorry but Apple will let you release them,then we will file a patent on eyeglasses with a HUD, sorry,but we have to innovate somehow…

  11. RayGuest 3 years ago

    …yawn

  12. That sounds pretty awesome … next I want android powered eyes!!

    A partnership with Oakley, Ray-Ban etc… Bring style, tech, functionality all together into a terminator, matrix, world!

  13. They come pre-loaded with Google Goggles … had to say it ..

  14. I’d pay to be a tester…

  15. …Now that we got the glasses, could we please, please get a hover board?

  16. I’d rock them. Hopefully, there’d be some deal worked out with a optometry supplier or something so they can be made for prescription sunglasses…but hell, if they work well enough, I’d switch to contacts.

  17. Google should name it the “eyePhone” :P No but seriously that is my ultimate nerd wet dream! OMG I want a pair!

  18. I’m getting Deus Ex vibes here :D

  19. Who are the lucky 252? Can I be one of them?

  20. The Omega ManGuest 3 years ago

    I just hope that they are developing the new EyePhone! ;-)

  21. OMG!! The futures here! :O

  22. jamesj0Guest 3 years ago

    Isn’t the “entertainment device” more likely the little media cube things they showed off at google I/O last year as part of the @home project?

  23. Josh SchneiderGuest 3 years ago

    Google E.Y.E. = Google Entertainment You Enjoy

  24. A couple thoughts. First off, it would be helpful if this was something where it could be attached or overlay prescription glasses – unless the setup will let you tune the focus of what you are looking at (both the heads up and through the glasses) so you don’t need prescription lenses I suppose.

    Second, I would hope they’d offer a mode where you could make them less or non-transparent for viewing videos and the like.

  25. i think driving with this would be helpful with android

  26. Chris PoulosGuest 3 years ago

    I have been watching Richard DeVaul since he was back at MIT. I know his ideas will be coming to fruition. With Microsoft with the sensecam, Apple with Siri (really Dragon Systems), and now Google with wider applications and wider appeal. I have been using a static reminder glasses with small font print for my daily to-do list for a couple of years. This keeps on task. Go Richard!

  27. CPGuest 3 years ago

    I have been watching Richard DeVaul since he was back at MIT. I know his ideas will be coming to fruition. With Microsoft with the sensecam, Apple with Siri (really Dragon Systems), and now Google with wider applications and wider appeal. I have been using a static reminder glasses with small font print for my daily to-do list for a couple of years. This keeps on task. Go Richard!

  28. Christopher PoulosGuest 3 years ago

    I have been watching DeVaul since he was back at MIT. I know his ideas will be coming to fruition. With Microsoft with the sensecam, Apple with Siri (really Dragon Systems), and now Google with wider applications and wider appeal. I have been using a static reminder glasses with small font print for my daily to-do list for a couple of years. This keeps on task. Go Richard!

  29. chris wilsonGuest 3 years ago

    They sound so crazy I can’t wait to actually see them
    http://geekedoutelectronics.blogspot.com/2012/02/google-goggles.html