Rumors have been swirling lately about a pair of Android-powered glasses and this week Nick Bilton of the NY Times reports that Google will put them on sale to the public by the end of the year. The glasses are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones” according to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named.
We have already seen smart glasses for the military from companies like Vuzix, but those retailed for around $5k and were not designed for the average consumer. If Google can truly price their glasses around $250 to $600, it will be real interesting to see how they are received by the public.
People familiar with the Google glasses say they look like a pair of Oakley Thumps and will include a small transparent screen that sits a few inches away from someone’s eye. It has previously been reported that there are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but they could be mistaken for normal glasses. They will also feature a data connection and include other sensors like an accelerometer and GPS.
Seth Weintraub of 9to5Google recently reported that Google’s glasses would feature a unique hands-free input method where users would tilt their head from side to side in order to control scrolling and clicks.
I already wear glasses, so I’d be interested to try out whatever Google is working on. I’m a little concerned by the integrated data connection (aka carrier contract), but hopefully there will also be a WiFi or Bluetooth version that just tethers to your mobile device.
Knowing what’s already been revealed, I’m curious how many of you would want to test these out. Participate in the poll below and then let us know what you think about Android-powered glasses in the comments below.