Google Glasses

Illustration by Richard Downs for The New York Times

Nick Bilton writes for The New York Times:

What’s next? Perhaps throngs of people in thick-framed sunglasses lurching down the streets, cocking and twisting their heads like extras in a zombie movie.

That’s because later this year, Google is expected to start selling eyeglasses that will project information, entertainment and, this being a Google product, advertisements onto the lenses. The glasses are not being designed to be worn constantly — although Google engineers expect some users will wear them a lot — but will be more like smartphones, used when needed, with the lenses serving as a kind of see-through computer monitor.

Having observed swirling rumors over the past few weeks, I've been hesitant to chime in on the topic of the (apparently) impending 'Google Glasses.'

At first glance, the concept seems fanciful - a product akin to something you might find in Brookstone - its existence characterized by a distinct and lack of substance. Perhaps it's the striking reminiscence to decades of science fiction, but I just can't lend any weight to the prospect of such a product.

But, as with John Gruber, I desperately want to keep an open mind. Fanciful or not, Google Glasses are an innovative concept and, if executed correctly, may well pave the way for some truly new consumer technology in the coming years.

Despite my immediate hesitance, I'll withhold judgment until the product emerges from the ethereal world of blogs and rumor and arrives in a tangible, marketable package. Only then can we really assess the viability (or lack thereof) of the so-called 'Google Glasses.'