Link: Google Goggles →

It was about time that the software available on Android and the Google ecosystem starting to propagate beyond the phone. A scoop by Nick Bilton for the NY Times:

The glasses will send data to the cloud and then use things like Google Latitude to share location, Google Goggles to search images and figure out what is being looked at, and Google Maps to show other things nearby, the Google employee said. “You will be able to check in to locations with your friends through the glasses,” they added.

Everyone I spoke with who was familiar with the project repeatedly said that Google was not thinking about potential business models with the new glasses. Instead, they said, Google sees the project as an experiment that anyone will be able to join. If consumers take to the glasses when they are released later this year, then Google will explore possible revenue streams.

There looks to be some clever UI and gesture based navigation involved. The best part is that ads will not immediately be prevalent. And they shouldn’t be given the high price tag of 250-600 for the service. If it runs on 3G/4GLTE though, you may expect to have a service charge on the goggles to get the best usage out of them.

I am personally weary about this, for a completely random reason: ever wonder why the virtual boy failed? Giving someone a dedicated screen to wear all day could seem cool, but imagine the strain.

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