Google’s augmented reality eyeglasses are going to include a camera and information pulled from Google’s location-based services, like Maps and Latitude.
The basic idea is that people will wear the glasses to see a computerized overlay on the world around them — just like the Arnold Schwarzenegger character in The Terminator movies.
Here’s what’s new, according to Bilton’s report.
- They’ll cost about the same as a smartphone.
- A built-in low-resolution camera will look at what the user is seeing, and overlay information about buildings and nearby friends. Google wants to make sure that customers — and the people being watched — are aware of the privacy implications of this.
- It’s being led by Steve Lee, who created Google Latitude, a service that lets Google users check in to locations and keep track of other Latitude users on a map (with everybody’s permission, of course). That service never really took off, and at last year’s Google I/O conference it was pushing Foursquare instead. Sergey Brin is also leading the project, as has been previously reported.
- It’s just an experiment, and Google isn’t really thinking of ways to make money from it.
All in all, Project X sounds a lot like what Google Labs used to be — a catch-all for kind of weird and ambitious projects that might someday become actual commercial products. Google shut down Labs earlier this year as part of Larry Page’s streamlining effort.
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