More rumblings about Google's Heads-Up Display Glasses materializing sometime in the near future were heard today. According to The New York Times, the public will be able to buy these high-tech glasses by the end of the year and they will cost somewhere between $250 and $600.
Rumors that the HUD Google Glasses were in the works have been brewing for the past couple of months. After accounts that Google was finishing up the prototype in December, tech news site 9to5Google reported that a tipster actually saw the glasses.
The prototype apparently resembles Oakley's Thump glasses but functions much more like a smartphone than reading spectacles. According to 9to5Google, the glasses will be Android-based and have the capability to tap into Google's cloud-based location services and detail users' surroundings. This information will then appears as an augmented reality computer display.
The navigation system is used by head-tilting to scroll and click on features such as a small built-in camera with a flash and I/O for voice input and output. The glasses will also reportedly come equipped with CPU/RAM/storage hardware.
The New York Times reports that the HUD glasses will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and motion and GPS sensors. They will also use Google's software products, such as Google Latitude, Google Goggles, and Google Maps.
"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," wrote The New York Times reporter Nick Bilton. "Instead, they said, Google sees the project as an experiment that anyone will be able to join."
Google did not return request for comment on this article.