In what seems to confirm our earlier reports, (here and here), The New York Times’ Nick Bilton offered more information today on the Heads Up Display Glasses that Google is building. Some of the new bullet points are as follows:
- The glasses are not designed for constant wear; although, Google expects the nerdiest users to wear them a lot. However, they will be more like smartphones—used when needed.
- Internally, the Google X team is actively discussing the privacy implications of the glasses, and the company wants to make sure that people know if someone wearing a pair of glasses with a built-in camera is recording them.
- One of the key people involved with the glasses is Steve Lee, a Google engineer and creator of the Google mapping software Latitude.
- The other key leader on the glasses project is Sergey Brin, Google’s cofounder, who is currently spending most of his time in the Google X labs.
On a personal note, I think this will be the most exciting technology product release this year.
- Google quietly releases Foursquare-like leaderboards baked into Latitude (9to5google.com)
- HUD Google Glasses are real and they are coming soon (9to5google.com)
- NYTimes accuses Apple of playing “Access Journalism”, claims their coverage of Foxconn conditions got them blackballed (9to5mac.com)
- Google X’s wearable technology isn’t an iPod Nano, but rather a heads up display (glasses) (9to5google.com)
- Google testing mysterious “entertainment device”, is it Google’s glasses? (9to5google.com)