Google is developing a set of glasses which will double as a social networking and locational information system.
The company said that its Project Glass team would be aiming to create an 'augmented reality' platform which would bring the benefits of Google's mapping and social networking platforms into real-world experiences.
In a YouTube video demonstrating the concept of the project, engineers depicted a glasses-mounted headset system which could combine everyday information such as time and temperatures with calendar functions and messaging platforms.
The aim, said the Google team, was to create a platform which was available for instant use yet still non-invasive in other activities.
"We think technology should work for you - to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t," the developers said in a Google+ page introducing the project.
"We started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment."
Google is not the only company to look at developing an augmented reality platform for daily use.
Executives with Qualcomm have long touted the potential of augmented reality platforms which use a combination of mobile handsets and embedded systems to bring connectivity and control to household appliances.
The US military has also been working to develop augmented reality platforms which could allow soldiers to receive intelligence information in real-time during combat operations and patrols.