Seeing the future Google’s ‘Project Glass’ attempts to marry Internet, eyewear

An early prototype of Google ‘s futuristic Internet-connected glasses.

NEW YORK — If you think texting and walking is dangerous, just wait until everyone’s wearing Google’s futuristic, Internet-connected glasses.

While wearing a pair, you can see directions to your destination appear literally before your eyes. You can talk to friends over video chat or even buy a few things online as you walk around.

These glasses can do everything you now need a smartphone or tablet computer to accomplish.

Mind you, the technology doesn’t actually exist. Google offered a glimpse of “Project Glass” in a video and blog post this week as a way to start a discussion and solicit ideas.

The glasses hint at endless possibilities. But the project also opens up a minefield of challenges around public safety, privacy, practicality, even fashion sensibility.

The glass project brainstorming launch comes about a year after Google cofounder Larry Page reclaimed the CEO post of the search giant. Page opened up in a way that he hasn’t previously with a Thursday dispatch that shared some of his thoughts about Google’s past accomplishments and future possibilities.

The post appeared on the company’s website for investors and Page’s personal profile on Google Plus, a social networking service that has become Page’s pet project as he scrambles to counter the threat posed by Facebook’s growing popularity.

Page promised to maintain “a healthy disregard for the impossible” as Google tries to develop new products to improve people’s lives. He mentioned Google’s ongoing work on driverless cars and pointed out that things people used to believe impossible – such as instant digital maps – are now a fundamental part of online life. “We will enable you to do truly amazing things that change the world,” Page wrote. “It’s a very exciting time to be at Google, and I take the responsibility I have to all of you very seriously.”