HUD-Sporting "Google Glasses" May Hit Streets This Year

Brad Chacos

Is reaching into your pocket to snag your smartphone just too much work? Did you ever want to see the world through the eyes of a video game character? Am I asking too many questions? If you answered "Yes" to any of those, you'll be jazzed by the following sentence. Apparently, the long-rumored "Google Glasses" -- Google-built shades with a HUD and all kinds of cool connectivity features -- could be on track to launch later this year, and for less cash than you might have expected. Game on!

According to the New York Times' Nick Bilton and 9 to 5 Google's Seth Weintraub , the shades reportedly run on some flavor of the Android operating system and should include 3G or 4G integration as well as motion control and GPS sensors, amongst others. The HUD will only be on one lens, and Google Glasses will allegedly sport a low-res front-facing camera, last-gen smartphone-esque hardware specs, and full voice input and output.

Google Glasses should cost somewhere between $250 and $600 and be available for you and me to buy sometime before 2013 rolls around -- if the rumors prove to be correct. Initial productions runs are said to be small so that Google can get a grasp on whether or not there's a market for the technology.

Is there a market for the technology? It's all talk for now, but would you drop a few hundred bucks for a pair of Google Glasses?

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