We can already compute on the go, due to our tablet computers and smartphones. Nonetheless, Google isn’t content. The online search giant is in the middle of testing its Project Glass project, what you most likely think of as Google glasses. Maybe you’ve seen coverage of Project Glass in the New York Times. You might even have seen the many photos of smiling folks wearing what looks like futuristic wrap-around Star Trek glasses.
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 real distinction is that their field of vision is the “screen”.
A Stream of Useful Information
These Google glasses are activated using voice commands. By simply speaking out loud, “where is the nearest bus stop” the glasses will access a map and lead you to your destination.
This video, produced by Google, gives you a glimpse of what wearing these augmented reality glasses could be like. The video shows a man making plans throughout his day, without having to trouble with a hand held device. As he heads to meet a friend the glasses alert him that the subway is suspended then maps out walking directions for him to follow. The video demonstrates that these glasses can act as a personal assistant who stays one step ahead and makes your life run more easily.
An Unobtrusive Technology?
Supposedly Project Glass isn’t designed 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 instance, a user might want to take a picture of his girlfriend standing on a bridge over the Chicago River. As opposed to fumbling around for his camera or smartphone, he just presses a button on his Google glasses to snap the shot.
Another concern a lot of 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 search 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.