Is Google (GOOG) Making the Ultimate Beer Goggles? You Bet!

February 22, 2012 8:22 AM EST
The hot news item for Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Wednesday morning is the imminent release of glasses which will stream information in real-time to users. Imagine being a pilot with a heads-up display, minus the sweet F/A-18 jet fighter.

Running on the Android operating system, Google's glasses will have a tiny monitor in the lens and connect to a 3G or 4G network. There will also be motion sensors and GPS.

At this point, we're just trying to imagine how big and heavy these "glasses" will be, or whether or not there will be some sort of "hip pack" that houses the CPU, memory, and other items. Will they be solar energy compatible?

Someone has said they will be a pair of Oakley Thumps. Thumps currently house an MP3 player and have earbuds attached to the frames. The best part -- if the rumor is true -- is users will constantly look like they're in a race or playing volleyball.

But sporty frames will be needed as Google's navigation system for the glasses will require users to bob, tilt, and rotate your head more than being at a 311 concert.

There will also be a low-res camera to monitor the world in real-time in order to provide constantly updated info about surroundings.

Google said the glasses aren't designed to be worn all the time, but let's be honest, with a heads-up display, streaming music, navigation capability, and maybe photo-taking capability, who would want to take them off? Think about those times when you're at the bar and: a) can't determine the quality of the person your dancing with/talking to, b) forgot where you've met/seen that person before, or c) you can't think of a good pickup line.

Although the line "I can see the ocean in your eyes" might actually work, because you will be able to see the ocean in their eyes.

Shares of Google are indicated lower Wednesday.

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