Google Goggles … they ain’t your father’s Oakleys.

Punch line: Google encourages consumers to go hands free with a beta version of augmented reality glasses. With these wrap around, Star Trek-esc glasses, you can check the weather, look at maps, and take pictures.

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Excerpted from “Google Launches Augmented Reality Glasses In Beta

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Google has began rolling out prototypes of their augmented reality glasses to employees through a somewhat secret initiative called Project Glass. The prototype, pictured above, is the company’s first venture into wearable computing. The wrap-around glasses feature a see-through lens that can stream everything from the weather to maps to text messages, in real-time. The glasses can record video, take pictures and the device sends and receives messages through voice commands …

The prototype model has debunked early rumors that the glasses would resemble a pair of Oakley Thumps, but this is just one of the many variations of the glasses in the works. There has also been speculation that the glasses would interfere with people’s daily life too much but according to the New York Times writer, Nick Bilton:

One person who had used the glasses said: ‘They let technology get out of your way. If I want to take a picture I don’t have to reach into my pocket and take out my phone; I just press a button at the top of the glasses and that’s it.

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