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2012-02-22 10:14:30 AM  
I've used Google Goggles and I must say, they do nothing.
 
2012-02-22 10:19:08 AM  
My business would be revolutionized if I could get my data on a HUD.
 
2012-02-22 10:20:02 AM  
I'm not an expert, but for a device that is 3G/4G compatible, doesn't a cellular service actually have to support and sell said device? Just because the chip is in the hardware, doesn't a service provider still have to support and activate it to work on their network? Are any cell service providers even planning on supporting this? If no, what's the point?
 
das
2012-02-22 10:23:48 AM  
OBEY!!
 
2012-02-22 10:24:15 AM  

taurusowner: I'm not an expert, but for a device that is 3G/4G compatible, doesn't a cellular service actually have to support and sell said device? Just because the chip is in the hardware, doesn't a service provider still have to support and activate it to work on their network? Are any cell service providers even planning on supporting this? If no, what's the point?


Kindle is 3G and not on any specific network. I think it just means that the manufacturers will need some kind of exemption or deal with the cell providers.

Oh, and I hope Google is planning on prescription versions of these things.
 
2012-02-22 10:25:57 AM  
Well, to be fair, reality could use some augmentation.
 
2012-02-22 10:27:26 AM  

WhackingDay: taurusowner: I'm not an expert, but for a device that is 3G/4G compatible, doesn't a cellular service actually have to support and sell said device? Just because the chip is in the hardware, doesn't a service provider still have to support and activate it to work on their network? Are any cell service providers even planning on supporting this? If no, what's the point?

Kindle is 3G and not on any specific network. I think it just means that the manufacturers will need some kind of exemption or deal with the cell providers.

Oh, and I hope Google is planning on prescription versions of these things.


It is on a specific network, but it just doesn't matter to the end user who the carrier is. I imagine that a Google HUD will be far more data intensive than a Kindle, so it's unlikely there will be free 3G with it.

/Kindle used to be Sprint, now it's AT&T?
//too lazy to use teh google
 
2012-02-22 10:30:07 AM  
Do they come with an x-ray mode?
 
2012-02-22 10:32:33 AM  

Slives: Do they come with an x-ray mode?


www.saynotocrack.com
 
2012-02-22 10:34:34 AM  

WhackingDay: taurusowner: I'm not an expert, but for a device that is 3G/4G compatible, doesn't a cellular service actually have to support and sell said device? Just because the chip is in the hardware, doesn't a service provider still have to support and activate it to work on their network? Are any cell service providers even planning on supporting this? If no, what's the point?

Kindle is 3G and not on any specific network. I think it just means that the manufacturers will need some kind of exemption or deal with the cell providers.

Oh, and I hope Google is planning on prescription versions of these things.


I've always wondered how that worked out. Did Amazon just make a deal with all of the service providers to allow Kindles to log onto their networks without being a Verizon/ATT/etc customer? Kindle data usage must be pretty small since it's primarily for e-books which are mostly text. Wouldn't Google glasses use a comparably large amount of data? Would the same sort of deal be worked out?

What about newer devices like Android car stereos that are in the works? Since those are supposed to have Google Maps and the other full Android apps, I would imagine their data usage would be pretty big. How will a manufacturer of a non-phone Android device manage to get that device onto a 3G/4G network without making it an actual Verizon/ATT/etc product? So many more devices are going to be data-capable in the next decade or so. Cellular service providers are the ones who control pretty much all mobile data networks. Seems that anyone making some sort of mobile device that has a data connection will eventually have to deal with them to get it to work.
 
2012-02-22 10:37:18 AM  
So, what, real life is going to turn into an MMO?

Imagine what will happen:

People will have nameplates over their heads.
You can pull up a map that will cover your entire field of view, with your current location.
You will have gigantic green arrows floating in the sky telling you where to go.
 
2012-02-22 10:41:34 AM  
I've never been tempted to camp out overnight to buy a new product. Before.

Assuming that these things are compatible with prescription glasses, I'm all over this. I've been waiting for practical HUDs for decades (ever since I saw Steve Mann's first giant "bearable" displays).
 
2012-02-22 10:41:44 AM  
[POSSIBLE RESPONSE:

YES/NO
OR WHAT?
GO AWAY
PLEASE COME BACK LATER
fark YOU, GOOGLE]


fark you, Google
 
2012-02-22 10:42:16 AM  

imashark: So, what, real life is going to turn into an MMO?

Imagine what will happen:

People will have nameplates over their heads.
You can pull up a map that will cover your entire field of view, with your current location.
You will have gigantic green arrows floating in the sky telling you where to go.


Will make the bar scene easier, you will know you can go talk to any girl with a big exclamation point floater over their head.
 
2012-02-22 10:45:10 AM  

Slives: Will make the bar scene easier, you will know you can go talk to any girl with a big exclamation point floater over their head.


[Talk]

"Hey there. I'm thirsty. Will you buy me a drink?"

[Accept]

NEW QUEST: Buy girl a drink {Heroic 4}
 
2012-02-22 10:51:41 AM  
This sounds like a splitting headache waiting to happen.
 
2012-02-22 10:57:38 AM  
th00.deviantart.net
Disapproves.
 
2012-02-22 10:59:09 AM  
I'm waiting for the HUD that can be implanted right on my corneas.
 
2012-02-22 11:08:57 AM  
When do I get my AutoM8s and Razorbacks?
 
2012-02-22 11:25:58 AM  
Who wants to bet that Google will harvest all your location data and what you are looking at and cross reference it with your every Google search, the contents of your Gmail, Google+, Google Docs etc. and store it in a big, juicy database that will never ever be misused, compromised or seized by the government?
 
2012-02-22 11:34:53 AM  

imashark: Slives: Will make the bar scene easier, you will know you can go talk to any girl with a big exclamation point floater over their head.

[Talk]

"Hey there. I'm thirsty. Will you buy me a drink?"

[Accept]

NEW QUEST: Buy girl a drink {Heroic 4}


To be fair, life is already pretty much like an MMO (or the other way around.)

Last time I was going to a concert, I got super stoned beforehand (hey, it was a kickass Floyd tribute band) and was walking down the street towards the venue- and I thought I was inside some sort of hyper realistic video game. As I walked, I put on headphones and started listening to the music on my phone, while messaging my friends (via the built-in, real time friends list/messaging service) to see if they were there yet. As I passed people on the street, most passed by without anything more than a glance, or passive action, requiring no interaction. A couple hit me up for change- I selected the "I don't have any" dialogue option, and kept walking. (Or I could have ignored them and kept walking, and seen what their reaction would have been.) A quick glance at the map on my phone indicated that I was 3/4ths of a mile from my destination. Once I arrived, I realized that "skipping through the dialogue" with my friends would probably irritate them, so I let it play out- without subtitles, you have to pay way more attention. Granted, I could have been grinding out more cash at my "job", but this group was playing at this particular juncture in the time/space continuum of this "world", so if I wanted to hear and see them play, I needed to be there. Afterwards, I used the passive fast travel system (metro) to get back home, where I slept and accumulated rest bonus, but not before eating to refill my health/energy bar.

I suppose life has been like this for a while, but with games like Fallout/Mass Effect/WoW so ingrained in our cultural consciousness, it's hard not to draw parallels. Pip Boy= Smartphone. Perk Screen in Skyrim= Your Education/Skillset. Dialogue Wheel in Mas Effect= what's going on in your head every time you talk to anyone about anything. Mount in WoW= Car/bike/whatever you use.

Also, re TFA; SQUEEEE!!! Been waiting for this pretty much my whole life. Now I'll just need to locate a mod parlor to have my skull gun installed.

/either that or become a gargoyle
 
2012-02-22 11:36:47 AM  
...and I'm aaaall out of bubblegum.
 
2012-02-22 12:03:48 PM  

Ecobuckeye: I've used Google Goggles and I must say, they do nothing.


I can't even figure out what it's supposed to do.
 
2012-02-22 12:05:07 PM  
If these really do look about the size of some Oakley thumps and have some transition lenses i just might camp out over night to get a pair.
 
2012-02-22 12:28:47 PM  
media.giantbomb.com
 
2012-02-22 12:31:27 PM  
As long as they keep the water out of my eyes I don't care who makes them or what they look like.
 
2012-02-22 12:46:16 PM  
Recon instruments have been retailing android powered ski goggles with a HUD for some time now:Link (new window)
 
2012-02-22 12:57:15 PM  

imashark: So, what, real life is going to turn into an MMO?

Imagine what will happen:

People will have nameplates over their heads.
You can pull up a map that will cover your entire field of view, with your current location.
You will have gigantic green arrows floating in the sky telling you where to go.


That would be awesome. I don't do names very well, so if I could have a HUD with that and navigation built in I would pay well for it.
 
2012-02-22 01:01:00 PM  

taurusowner: WhackingDay: taurusowner: I'm not an expert, but for a device that is 3G/4G compatible, doesn't a cellular service actually have to support and sell said device? Just because the chip is in the hardware, doesn't a service provider still have to support and activate it to work on their network? Are any cell service providers even planning on supporting this? If no, what's the point?

Kindle is 3G and not on any specific network. I think it just means that the manufacturers will need some kind of exemption or deal with the cell providers.

Oh, and I hope Google is planning on prescription versions of these things.

I've always wondered how that worked out. Did Amazon just make a deal with all of the service providers to allow Kindles to log onto their networks without being a Verizon/ATT/etc customer? Kindle data usage must be pretty small since it's primarily for e-books which are mostly text. Wouldn't Google glasses use a comparably large amount of data? Would the same sort of deal be worked out?


I believe that the kindle has a "home" 3g network (AT&T for US ones and Vodaphone for international variants), so you are basically relying on the roaming peering coverage between each of these companies and whatever local GSM network pops up

What about newer devices like Android car stereos that are in the works? Since those are supposed to have Google Maps and the other full Android apps, I would imagine their data usage would be pretty big. How will a manufacturer of a non-phone Android device manage to get that device onto a 3G/4G network without making it an actual Verizon/ATT/etc product? So many more devices are going to be data-capable in the next decade or so. Cellular service providers are the ones who control pretty much all mobile data networks. Seems that anyone making some sort of mobile device that has a data connection will eventually have to deal with them to get it to work.

The Android car stereos I have seen so far basically connect using a 3g dongle via USB. Those are pretty standard across the board and will work with any network. All you need is a SIM card in them for whichever network.
 
2012-02-22 01:20:11 PM  
So there will be a bunch of moops in Oakleys nodding and and shaking their heads walking around looking at their display and not the bus heading for them. Smart.
 
2012-02-22 01:53:49 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

/hot like Ashley Judd
 
2012-02-22 02:00:08 PM  
But will it tell me my opponents power level?
t2.gstatic.com

OVER 9000!
 
2012-02-22 02:05:59 PM  

stevetherobot: Who wants to bet that Google will harvest all your location data and what you are looking at and cross reference it with your every Google search, the contents of your Gmail, Google+, Google Docs etc. and store it in a big, juicy database that will never ever be misused, compromised or seized by the government?


I hear your concern - but speaking for my own tiny corner of the data mining universe (finance) - there is already a huge gap between how much information we have available and how many ways we can come up with to use it.

One hopes that the folks at Google are way ahead of us - but I take some solace from the knowledge that while knowledge may be power, data is not necessarily knowledge.
 
2012-02-22 02:38:52 PM  

grinding_journalist: Now I'll just need to locate a mod parlor to have my skull gun installed.

/either that or become a gargoyle


^ This.

/need popcorn
//no, no... not the explosive kind
 
2012-02-22 02:56:21 PM  
HUMAN CASUALTIES: 0.0
 
2012-02-22 03:21:07 PM  

soopey: When do I get my AutoM8s and Razorbacks?


Damn, I thought I'd be the first one here to reference Daemon.
 
2012-02-22 03:40:02 PM  
Think of the pop-up ad possibilities!
 
2012-02-22 04:01:59 PM  

Doctor Jan Itor: Think of the pop-up ad possibilities!


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-02-22 04:28:57 PM  
Because this worked so well for the last race to have them...

www.nightmares.com
 
2012-02-22 04:35:41 PM  

Ecobuckeye: I've used Google Goggles and I must say, they do nothing.


My eyes! The goggle do nothing!

The word "they" does NOT appear in the line. You can find the YouTube clip your damn self.
 
2012-02-22 04:55:03 PM  
Isn't there an android app that does this already?
 
2012-02-22 05:07:51 PM  

apeiron242: Ecobuckeye: I've used Google Goggles and I must say, they do nothing.

My eyes! The goggle do nothing!

The word "they" does NOT appear in the line. You can find the YouTube clip your damn self.


That's great. Thanks for sharing.
 
2012-02-22 05:33:01 PM  
i375.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-22 05:36:31 PM  
springfieldfiles.com

possible hotlink
 
2012-02-22 06:20:14 PM  
Amazing.

I don't like lines and so have never waited for any technology .... but these I would.
 
2012-02-23 11:17:22 AM  
Clearly these can't be used while driving. I miss radios and phones
with knobs and buttons so I can change the station or call a friend
by touch and not take my eyes off the road.

That is the ONE flaw with touchscreen car radios - you have to actually
look at the screen to change stations. Dumb.

/wait, I just remembered I have buttons on the backside of my steering wheel.
 
2012-02-23 03:05:48 PM  
I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle.
 
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