HUD Google Goggles function similarly to that of the Terminator’s vision, which scans things within its visual periphery. The prototype looks like Oakley Thumps with a small front-facing camera that’s likely only a few megapixels, and a flash perhaps to help it take better pictures even if it’s dark. It will be highly utilized in developing augmented reality apps.
The model is only for one eye and not transparent. It doesn’t have dual 3D configurations either, as opposed to what previous rumors suggested. A head tilt to scroll and click serves as a navigation system, and will also support voice input and output. The CPU/RAM/storage hardware almost equals that of a second generation Android smartphone.
But the product is still far from complete. It’s a must-see how Google’s going to release it, and whether or not the public will find it to their liking. The device is reportedly being developed in secret, with only a few developers having access to the real thing. The company may consider a pilot program outside Google, like it did with Chromebooks.
Google’s new entertainment device
Meanwhile, Google is also reportedly working on an unnamed entertainment device that accesses WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled devices. They are currently testing in employees’ homes. In their FCC paperwork, Google is asking permission from FCC to test it in 4 US cities, launching 252 devices.
“Users will connect their device to home WiFi networks and use Bluetooth to connect to other home electronics equipment.”
No further word from Google, so we can only speculate as to what it is exactly, and how it works. It may have something to do with the company’s Android@Home tech which launched last year, or even the Google Goggles mentioned above.