Google's Project Glass could be the shape and size of your next mobile device

Google's Google X skunkworks lab has announced a new project: Google Project Glass, which isn't about panes of glass, but which could be about the next design for mobile technology.

Google's Project Glass focuses on designs for a set of eyewear that could, in the future, take the place of the smartphone in your pocket or on your belt. The smartglasses, as you might call them, "can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands. There is also a built-in camera to record video and take pictures," said the New York Times, which first reported on the device in February.

The latest report from the Times indicates that Google has begun actively testing the devices. If you see someone wearing something that looks like eyewear, but doesn't completely cover their eyes, it may be because they are not eyeglasses or sunglasses at all, but instead Google's Project Glass.

Although the New York Times originally said the glasses would perform like smartphones, rather than tablets, meaning they could make phone calls as well as access data, upload images, etc. etc., it's unclear if all that technology and hardware will be embedded directly into the smartglasses themselves.

It's possible that, instead, the glasses will connect to a smartphone or similar device you carry separately. Google has asked, in their Google+ post on the Project Glass project, for suggestions and feedback from their followers.

This could be the shape and size of your next mobile device. If so, Google had better have submitted the project for one or more patents. We can already see Apple edging them out in that fashion, or at least attempting to do so, as they have done with the multiple patent lawsuits against Android.

There are multiple designs being tested apparently. Some of them are designs that allow wearing Project Glass over other glasses, such as prescription eyewear.

You can watch a video below that demonstrates some of the possible uses for Google's Project Glass. If you were impressed by the iPhone 4S' Siri, you will be doubly impressed by the potential of this technology.

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