Google Glasses: Virtual Reality in Your Face?

The glasses will function like a smartphone and will be Android-based.

THE GIST

The navigation system uses the movement of your head to scroll and click.

The smart goggles will feature a built-in camera.

A pair of futuristic Google spectacles that stream your smartphone from your pocket directly to your eyes will go on sale by year's end, according to reports from the New York Times.

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Google's new Android-powered glasses will allow you to check your email, update your Facebook, or even check-in to your favorite restaurant. The device creates a direct link to your smartphone, providing real-time information in a heads-up display (HUD).

With its 3G or 4G data connection, GPS, and numerous environmental sensors, the glasses could be a boon augmented reality and wearable technology. Integration with Google services and your smartphone means walking to work may never be more productive.

One new feature is an integrated navigation system, as described by 9 to 5 Google blogger, Seth Weinthrub, who first discovered the project in December.

"The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click," Mr. Weintraub wrote on his blog. "We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users."

A Google spokesman declined FoxNews.com requests for comment.

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The project is currently being developed in the clandestine Google X labs, a branch of the company that focuses on futuristic tech and big picture concepts, such as space elevators, robots and driverless cars.

Reports suggest the new smart goggles will feature a built-in camera, cost in the region of $250 to $600, and look very similar to a pair of Oakley Thumps.

The new product looks to be part of a long term strategy to expand the Android platform to as many devices possible. Last year the company announced Android@Home, a push to connect "every appliance in your home."

"As an open platform," said Google director of product management Hugo Barra, "Android was always meant to go well beyond the mobile phone."