Google is preparing to launch Terminator glasses

What does the future look like? It might look a little different viewed through these Google glasses, or Google Goggles if you like, which come with a heads up display not unlike that most of us will be familiar with from films like The Terminator.

According to the 9to5 Google blog the glasses are real and they are in at the late prototype stage and look not unlike a pair of Oakley Thump MP3 sunglasses featured here.

The first reports of the glasses emerged in December suggesting they were Android based and could connect to online services.

Now it is being reported that they feature a front-facing camera used that could also be used in augmented reality apps and take pictures. Whatever the case they look very cool and it will literally lay the online world before you eyes. No searching for your phone and struggling to make use of map apps for instance with these, which will also be GPS enabled:

Our tipster has now seen a prototype and said it looks something like Oakley Thumps (below). These glasses, we heard, have a front-facing camera used to gather information and could aid in augmented reality apps. It will also take pictures. The spied prototype has a flash —perhaps for help at night, or maybe it is just a way to take better photos. The camera is extremely small and likely only a few megapixels.

“The heads up display (HUD) is only for one eye and on the side. It is not transparent nor does it have dual 3D configurations, as previously speculated.

“One really cool bit: The navigation system currently used is a head tilting-to scroll and click. We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users,” according to 9to5 Google.

Price wise Business Insider quotes Googlers familiar with the project saying the sunglasses would cost around the same as a smartphone, which makes for a range of roughly $250-$600.

Earlier todayGoogle bolstered its finance site with real time LSE data. Now executives will be able to view that data on the move.

The kind of view you might get with Google Goggles:

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