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It might as well be a device from a science fiction movie. In fact, it is, but instead aiding the Terminator search for John Connor, Google’s augmented-reality glasses will project entertainment, information and advertising on the lenses of high-tech glasses.
The rumor mill has left many tech junkies abuzz about what Google’s new optical eye-covers will offer and mean for the future of Android devices. Seth Weintraub confirmed in December that the rumors about Google’s glasses’ research and development were true. He said scientists were in a late stage of the glasses’ prototype.
Rather than conducting searches using words, the glasses conduct searches through images, according to the Los Angeles Times. A tiny, low-resolution camera will take the pictures and monitor users’ surroundings.
The main reason no one knows much about Google’s glasses is that the product is being developed in the a secret laboratory called Google X – cue the lightning and ominous music – in Mountain View, Calif., where engineers and scientists are apparently also working on robots and space elevators. Or maybe they just claimed this to piss off the late Steve Jobs and his admirers.
According to PCWorld, Google will market the glasses like other Android devices; users will subscribe to a 3G or 4G service through an independent provider. Other than a few rumors that were turned to apparent truths by bloggers and The New York Times through their anonymous sources, not much is known about the device. ABC tried to squeeze more information out of a Google spokesperson, who said he was “not going to comment on rumor or speculation.”
Those rumors and speculations, in which Google will have no part, are creating quite a conversation.
For one, users might have to shake or tilt their head to control the scroll menu on the lens. This is a bad recipe for neck cramps.
Second, Damon Brown at PCWorld considers the product to be Google’s final step in its Orwellian project to aggregate and organize information on everyone about everything. When wearing the glasses, Google can track an individual’s location, interaction, companions via facial recognition and other preferences, including favorite restaurants and stores.
The software would be invaluable to advertisers. And if the facial recognition software works, dating sites could even compile ideal dating companions based on the amount of time someone spends gazing at his or her “type” from across the bar.
According to Mashable, the glasses could cost “around the price of current smart phones,” which could mean spending anywhere between $150 and $600.
Rebecca Rosen says the glasses’ facial recognition will force those who don’t leave online imprints into the Internet realm, which sacrifices the privacy they tried to maintain. But for the time being, we should be happy Google isn’t developing these glasses. I’d rather lose my privacy than be blown up.
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