We have moved into the age of on the go computing. But Google would like to take it a step further. You might have heard of their Project Glass initiative, which many people call Google glasses. These resemble futuristic sci-fi glasses, and take being constantly connected to the next level.
A Computer Above Your Eyes
These augmented reality glasses are hands off and allow users to share images, make phone calls, and do anything that they can do with their smartphones. The only distinction is that their field of vision is the “screen”.
A Stream of Useful Information
Google glasses are made to work with voice commands. If you’re donning the glasses, you can call for your city’s public transportation schedule. Your Google glasses would then call up your local bus or train schedule. Or maybe you are looking for the new French restaurant in town. You can tell your Google glasses to find it, and when you do, the glasses will provide you with a map and detailed directions.
According to a video produced by Google, the company’s augmented reality glasses would also allow you to check your day’s schedule and revamp your plans if things change. For example, in the video a Google glasses-wearing consumer is heading to the subway. As he hits the entrance his glasses tell him that subway service is suspended. The glasses then calculate a walking route to his destination.
An Unobtrusive Technology?
There has been some discussion as to weather the information displayed will be so huge that it may obstruct a person’s sight. Google claims that the only data that is to be projected into a user’s field of vision is information they’ve requested and they assert that this will help more then hinder. For example, if an individual wishes to text a friend they only need to speak it, instead of find their device and type.
Another worry some people have is that Project Glass could be used as an advertising platform; pulling up ads for businesses that are related to the one you are physically in. You can look on YouTube for Project Glass parodies and see some fairly humorous ones. But whatever you think the future of Project Glass is, this technology has opened a world of possibilities.