Google glasses could give you 'Terminator' vision

MT can ignore the rumours no longer. Is Google working on 'Terminator'-style augmented reality glasses?

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 10 Oct 2014

The word on the grapevine is: yes. And these futuristic specs will be available by the end of the year, apparently. They are called ‘head-up display glasses’ – if you want the official product terminology – and they can stream real-time data onto a small screen embedded into a pair of glasses (or cool eighties shades, like Arnie’s).

Here’s how they work: as the wearer looks through the goggles, an overlay will come up showing further information about what they’re looking at. That could be: film times, if looking at a cinema; reviews, when focused on a restaurant; etc. They could also let you know when a friend is nearby - provided they’ve checked in with a location-based app, like Fourquare or even Facebook.

The specs will probably be controlled by head movements: nod twice to read the review or some such. They will be Android-based, natch, and come with a 3G or 4G data connection, as well as a camera and motion and GPS sensors. This is seriously hi-tech stuff. Albeit just the latest iteration of technology that's been available on fighter jets and top-of-the-range cars for years.

The price of these wondrous specs? Between £160 and £380, comparable with smartphone prices.

Of course, there are some serious privacy implications, and the production lines won’t start rolling until all the legal issues are ironed out. Imagine walking down the street and a stranger pulling up your LinkedIn profile just by using the face recognition software on their Terminator glasses? Scary stuff.

We’ll bring you more on this story as soon as we have it. In the meanwhile, keep your heads up...

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