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Google 'Terminator' heads-up display glasses incoming

Google is said to be working on a set of heads-up display glasses that you control by tilting your bonce. Weird.

Oh Google. Not content with self-driving cars, the Mountain View company is reportedly working on a set of heads-up display glasses that would project a computer screen in front of your eyes, controlled by tilting your head.

Rumours of these specs, which would presumably let you analyse people's shoe size like Arnie in Terminator 2, first surfaced last year when the New York Times reported that the search giant was working on wearable gadgets in its top-secret Google X Lab (nice inconspicuous name, guys).

The 9to5Google website reckoned that wearable tech was in fact a set of glasses, and now it claims it has info from a tipster who's seen a prototype of the futuristic goggles.

Apparently they look a lot like Oakley Thumps (pictured above), a set of ludicrous Matrix-style MP3 shades, and pack a front-facing camera that takes photos and could be used with augmented reality apps. It's likely got a very low megapixel count though.

The bad news is that the heads-up display will apparently only work on one side, and it's not transparent, so you'll need to stop walking around (or close on eye) while you've got information displayed.

Navigating the system is reportedly handled by tilting your head to scroll and click -- a nugget of information that provokes a frankly hilarious mental image.

The hardware is supposedly roughly on a par with a generation-old Android phone, which would suit us just fine. Google is apparently unsure whether the glasses would have much appeal in the wider world, so it might put the glasses out there as part of a pilot program to see how they fare.

This follows news that Apple was recently awarded a patent for 'smart garment' tech, which could see your clothes telling you when they reach the end of their useful lifetime.

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Image credit: Oakley