Exploring Google Glasses

We have entered the age of on the go computing. But Google wishes to take it a step further. You’ve probably heard of their Project Glass initiative, which many people call Google glasses. These look like futuristic sci-fi glasses, and take being constantly connected to the next level.

A Computer Above Your Eyes

The famed Google augmented reality glasses allow users to read email messages, access online maps, take pictures, record video, and video chat with friends and family members – all without having to use their hands.

A Stream of Useful Information

Google glasses are activated using voice commands. You can just request a bus schedule and it will be displayed for you. Or you can ask for directions to a theatre, and a map will be displayed similar to how it would be on a smartphone.

According to a video created by Google, the company’s augmented reality glasses would also allow you to check your day’s schedule and update your plans if things change. For example, in the video a Google glasses-wearing consumer is going 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?

Supposedly Project Glass isn’t made to bombard users with an unending stream of technology. It’s actually meant to make it easier for them to access the technology they want when they want it. For example, a user might want to take a picture of his girlfriend standing on a bridge over the Chicago River. Instead of fumbling around for his camera or smartphone, he just presses a button on his Google glasses to take the shot.

Another worry many people have is that Project Glass could be used as an advertising platform; pulling up ads for companies that are related to the one you are physically in. You can look on YouTube for Project Glass parodies and find some fairly humorous ones.  But whatever you think the future of Project Glass is, this technology has opened a world of possibilities.

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Posted on: 05.30.12