Google to launch HUD-equipped 'smartglasses'

Using a selection of smartphone applications to help navigate the world, while undoubtedly impressive, isn’t exactly seamless insofar as it always involves fishing out a physical handset.

However, that seamless interaction could soon be an everyday augmented experience following reports that Google is currently engineering futuristic glasses that boast built-in HUD (heads-up display) technology.

That’s according to an NYT report that cites a loose-lipped employee in its claim the ‘smartglasses’ will include a small lens-mounted screen, a sensor-equipped digital camera, mobile broadband, and GPS functionality—just like a smartphone handset.

The glasses will apparently be powered by a variant of Google’s Android software and provide overlay information through various Google services such as Latitude, Goggles and Maps.

Google’s eyewear is expected to hit the market before the close of 2012 with an accompanying price of somewhere between $250 USD and $600 USD. Google has not yet offered any official comment on the story.

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