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Google’s Android Glasses With Built In Screen To Become Reality By This Year’s End?

Recent reports from various sources are stating that Google has plans to release specially designed glasses for consumers by the end of this year. Shown above is a pair of Oakley Thumps with the Google logo crudely shopped onto them. Minus the logo, sources close to the project have stated the glasses could look like Thumps but of course, will have a small screen built into the lenses for viewing by the wearer.

The glasses would be based on Android and even have 3G/4G data connections, plus GPS capabilities. If that isn’t enough, there are also indications that the glasses will come with a low resolution camera, for real-time layering of information on locations and other various things such as navigation. The most impressive part so far is what the price may be for technology like this. Sources state that they should cost no more than a regular smartphone. So we may be looking at about $300-$600 for a pair of these Terminator-like pieces of hardware.

Is this the next big thing, or is this just in gimmick phase? Would you be seen wearing these things and walking down the street? So far, I can only picture Eric Schmidt wearing these around town and thinking he looks awesome.

Via: NY Times

  • iHateiOS
  • This product is out of imagination can’t believe google is into such a good product, if this project comes into existance im sure it would take our world into next generation, what an imagination and what an effort for this wonderful peoduct hats off to google. I got to know the srtucture of this google glass released from this site “http://tech2wonder.com/google-glasses.html” im not sure whether the structure is perfect given by them..

  • Ryan Malaspina

    I would definitely get these if they were in black, and I would scratch off the Google logo if it came stamped on. It’s not that I don’t support Google, I just prefer generic looks.

  • techie_1

    Reminds me of the darknet glasses from the books Daemon and FreedomTM. A darknet app for these would be amazing!

  • Uncle Paul Hargiss

    Dog the Bounty Hunter approves. 

  • TC Infantino

    If they were an addition to the phone I already have, via Blutooth, then yeah, that would be very cool indeed.  I would be an early adopter of something like this.  Imagine if the lenses of the glasses would go from clear to tinted as you needed, plus add some IR sensors to the frames and you would have some great night vision glasses as well.  The possibilities are very broad.

  • LzY

    I’d buy these things on day one. For sure if they have a 4g data connection, although I’d be happy if they just had wifi capabilities. I could slack so hard with these things.

  • Wpc1956

    Mr. English, thou doust protest to much. Two comments, both with deregatory homosexual references. One stating your desire for fashion colors over the white glasses shown because those would make you look like Sir Elton John. Your other post, stating your fear of looking like your in a, “homo day parade”, says more about you than the glasses, which I believe is the point. You just need to come out of that big homophobic, self hating gay closet and be the fabulous Mr. English, you were born to be.

  • Kuboo99

    Picturing eric schmidt in these makes me chuckle

  • I would wear them, if they don’t make me blind. I don’t mind looking like a geek – I’m surrounded by idiots who don’t understand half of what I say anyway.

  • Taglogical

    Oh man, I’ll bet nothing can cause brain cancer faster than THESE sexy specs ^.^

    Attaching 4G radios to your dome… Good idea or bad Idea? Bad idea.

  • MrEnglish

    Hopefully they have some other color options because there’s no way I’m wearing those Elton John looking tragedies. I’m sure Congress is gearing up for a ban so we don’t have a million teenagers driving around playing games on the highway too.

  • Freeidea72

    Does it come with a pogo car dock?

  • If i can see through walls or any material then im sold!!!!!!!

  • KRS_Won

    It would be really cool if game devs could make an augmented reality version of their software.

  • Anon

    X-Ray Vision –there’s an app for that. 😉

  • genetruelove

    Will it have bifocals for us old people?

  • EvanTheGamer

    I’d buy ’em if they aren’t super expensive, but would NEVER wear ’em around town or anywhere where people can see ’em. Would totally wear ’em in my house though. Imagine watching Netflix through these glasses. That would be sick. OR playing a game with your mind. haahah

  • moelsen8

    ya know what, for the right price, I’d buy them.  screw it.  it’d be a neat novelty.

  • Hjwd1

    These look an awful lot like Oakley rip off’s…  just sayin…

    • TC Infantino

      Uhm..did ya read the article at all? 
       “Shown above is a pair of Oakley Thumps with the Google logo crudely shopped onto them. Minus the logo, sources close to the project have stated the glasses could look like Thumps but of course, will have a small screen built into the lenses for viewing by the wearer.”
      That might explain why they look like Oakley rip offs…just sayin…

  • Kyle

    I am buying 3!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I am throwing my money at the screen but nothing is happening, I will take my pair in black or deep blue 

  • tomgillotti

    I’m in. I’m going with next, “must have”

  • Just one more thing for us to worry about people messing around with while they’re driving.

    •  it could also be a heads-up display so you would never have to look down.

  • There should be a screen in each lens with adjustable opacity for 3D display/augmented reality. Eventually it would be good to have cameras pointed inward that can detect eye movements in order to allow control by looking at things.

  • KleenDroid

    II would be real curious as to what these glasses can do. If they are a useful tool I would buy a pair. I see more potential with these than I do a tablet. 

  • Now all they need to do is incorporate kinect type of capabilities and you can bust the minority report all day.

  • KRS_Won

    Can you root them? I need to be able to install black ops apps from overseas.

  • ddevito

    Those ARE NOT what the glasses are going to look like. See attached for the real design.

  • TomAce7

    Until Oakley changes their stance on locked bootloaders, I will pass on all their products.

    • KRS_Won

      Eye can’t see them doing it in the near future.

  • tjpeco

    If there’s a cheap version that doesn’t have cell radios in it that I could pair to my cell phone then I’m all about them.  I’ve already got a 4G phone and tablet that should be a single device with a tablet dock in reality.  I’m not interested in buying a third data plan.

  • huskerhog

    Would look better in black.  Can you imagine people trying to drive while using these?  They’d have to be controlled by voice command only which would be clumsy at best.

  • Austinrgoebel

    Love them

  • ViciousKing1914

    Will they help me get better in Modern Warfare 3 and/or Battlefield 3?  They look more like the optimum home entertainment glasses than for life.

  • Jeff

    This could be a great thing for people with vision impairments like my niece……

  • Duh

    So talking to your phone is dumb but wearing these ridiculous things is cool? hahahahahaha

    • tjpeco

      Well, these would actually be useful.

  • LxMeister

    I too would rather have them as an accessory to my phone, just like I’m waiting for the perfect watch as an accessory to my phone rather than a full-on replacement for it.

    Doesn’t mean I don’t want them.

    Oh, and I couldn’t resist calling them “Google Goggles.”

  • Thanassi


  • Hahaha. It’s great to see Google breaking ground in new area’s it really is, but I don’t think we have the ability to pull off adding that hardware into glasses just yet. But one day if they can somehow fit it into my Oakley Radars without the immediate nerd flag going up I may bite. They should partner with Oakley for this. Great glasses.

  • r0lct

    Surely they would be the official eye-wear of any DL event.  😛

  • Towelie420

    I can watch porn while making awkward eye contact with people during conversation. WIN

  • ddevito

    Ah, blinded – forgot to charge my shades again

  • Jim McClain

    300 to 600   ?   dont think so

    • Considering a good pair of sunglasses will run from $150 to $300, its not that bad.

  • Timineri77

    Now comes the question, who will be the first to the gate in rooting them?  

  • Butters619

    Hopefully they don’t copy those because they look like they come equipped with Apple earbuds lol

  • “What is it Doc?”
    “I thought I just saw a taxi following us in my rear view display.”
    Heck yes.

  • Really Google? stick to tablets and smartphones, oh and that whole search thing you guys do.  hahaha…..sarcasm

  • durangojim

    I couldn’t see myself wearing these often, but I think they would be excellent when travelling.

  • CheeseMcGee

    It’s already bad enough that people driving (including myself on occasion) check their phone constantly for texts and email!  Now we just make it more dangerous by putting the screen right in your viewing range… Brilliant!

    On the plus side… you could be driving in the parking lot watching a failblog video with your sweet shades, and at the same time create an all new failblog video!

  • Dliuzzo110

    Lmfao. Ha ha “thinking he looks awsome” aww shyte I needed that

  • ddevito

    I honestly (still) think this will be a pilot testing program like the Cr-48 was.

    In which case, where’s the link so I can apply 2,397,264 times?!

  • i think id rather it just connect to my current 600+ dollar smartphone and use my data plan then have to pay for a separate data plan. but these look really cool

    • Butters619

      Agreed. An HUD in the glasses connected via bluetooth or wifi tether to the phone.

    • Raven

      Exactly!  These suffer from the same failure as the Android watches.  I don’t want another full Android device.  But, I would love something to extend my current phone with these capabilities.  Whether they pair via bluetooth or something higher bandwidth, the ability to add a HUD from my phone to my glasses would be very cool, but I would never pay for a whole other phone (not to mention data plan) shoved into my glasses making them way bulkier than necessary.  You think the battery life in your current Android phone is bad now, imagine what would it be with the small battery they would have to use to cram it into some glasses.

    • KRS_Won

      Maybe they use Eye-Fi?

  • Bewara2009

    All that crap with 3D is a gimmick and I am sure this will be a gimmick too! 

  • LaCokaNostra

    People should read the NYT article before they make ignorant comments. These sound revolutionary.

    • Thanassi

      I don’t care if they also make coffee and give BJ’s. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing those things. Especially with “Google” on the side.

      • TC Infantino

        Eh, I ceretainly would strongly consider them if the BJ part were true.  Even better if you got frequent updates that enhanced the ‘technique and skill’.  lol

        • Thanassi

          I hear the “technique” upgrades will require more RAM and wont be available until Android 5.0

  • JaySee08

    : I certainly would! However, I don’t think many would. I don’t even think Eric would be caught wearing them… in some of his dialogues that I’ve heard it seems like he isn’t even the biggest enthusiast of Android. Like his attitude is just ‘whatever’ about the platform.

  • baniels

    Kinda of narrow sighted to only market these at beach volleyball dorks.

  • poeddroiduser

    Right and I want a 4G radio and GPS next to my brain why? 

    • Do you not answer your phone? PS: You are surrounded by radiation at all times.

      • jayluis100

        Also very true though.

    • idiot

    • WTF? LOL! Dude you stick a PHONE next to your FACE.

    • jayluis100

      Now this is among the two most important issues to be concerned with, the other being use while operating a vehicle or other type of machinery. Great observation.

  • Anon

    i would rock these

  • Thelegendofdavid

    Mmmm sounds kinda cool…as soon as more info is available…”i’ll be back”

  • Jdstell

    It will just be a gimmick. But, as soon as Apple comes out with iGlasses, it will be the greatest innovation known to mankind.

    • pezjono

      I “like”d your comment, but I dislike it because it is totally true…

    • They already patented the design for a device that sits on your ears and nose and shades the sun..

    • Michael Forte

      Sad, but probably true. And then they’ll sue Google even though they had it first.

    • Thanassi


    • john0214

      eye phone 😛 

    • KRS_Won

      Lol. O gosh. Half the country won’t be able to see and have to call anything not iGlasses spectacles, or get sued. I’LLC be surprised if they haven’t already filed a patent for it like they did for face unlock, even though they don’t have the tech yet.

    • MrEnglish

      Yea, cuz it’ll be designed right and not look like a homo day parade.

      • TC Infantino

        Yep, you are right, Apple would design it perfectly…perfectly to what Apple wants, meaning that the screen would be too small, you could only put apps that were approved on it, and it would still only have 3G.  Move along iFanboi, the glass case enshrining SJ isn’t here, it is in the Grand Central Station Apple store.

    • Omar Ibrahim


      sigh i would prefer these…

      /laser eye surgery here i come

  • bakdroid

    First…….not to buy! 😛

  • LaCokaNostra

    Im ready to ditch my smartphone if these can make calls. Omg I want

    • You would want to wear dog the bounty hunter styled oakley’s? Am I the only one that hopes these don’t look like those trashy redneck glasses?

      • LaCokaNostra

        Early adopters pay the price eh? These sound amazing tho. They can display information from the web, use images from the low res cam to identify objects. You control them with head gestures.

        • DroidzFX

          dude do you have tourettes?

          Nah I was playing angry birds. 

      • TC Infantino

        I would take that as long as I didn’t have to ever look at Dog’s wife.  Ugh, I feel sick just remembering.

    •  That should be fun while driving at night…

      • LaCokaNostra

        Why would you be stupid enough to use them while driving?

        • You said you would ditch your phone for a pair of these…

          • yeah…….. and?

          • justincase_2008

            what if he has to make a call at night.