A newly revealed project from Google[x] (a subgroup of Google), GoogleGlass is a AR device (they have experimented with designs going from a standard looking pair of glasses to "Some hideous Borg looking monocle type thing") that handles all the functions of a smart phone using voice commands and eye movement. The group has been working on this for over a year, but still has a lot of work to do before this even goes in to beta. So despite a year's worth of work, this is still more of a concept than a product.
And to go with that, here is the concept video they released this morning:
Okay that's really cool, and it even had the store mapped out too. I can't see it working in every single store out there so maybe only alrge important ones. If that really works this looks like the glasses of the future are very close.
Pretty cool but Goggles or "Googles" would be a bit inconvenient
Well, they are working on getting this integrated into normal glasses, so it wouldn't be any more inconvenient than that, and there would be many people who wouldn't be affected by any inconvenience.
Plus, most of the features of this are normally kept out of sight. Certain things will get put into your normal vision, though only in a corner of it, like text alerts, calls, or directions. Other than that, you have to look up quite far to activate anything. And not looking up like tilting your head back, but like keeping your head still and making your eyes look up as far as you can.
Think about how often you actually do that and if you ever do that without thinking about it. I'd think most people hardly ever do, since it is much more comfortable to tilt your head back to look up that far. So it isn't like most people would ever really do anything with this without meaning to. And while looking up like that isn't as comfortable as tilting your head back and can feel a bit weird since you hardly ever do it (at least it does to me), it isn't particularly uncomfortable to do.