Are Google’s Glasses a Vision of Future Computing?
Operating firmly within the camp of those people challenged by walking and chewing gum at the same time, I don’t think I’ll be in the market any time in the future for Google’s glasses that work just like a smartphone, but are worn on your head.
The whole wearable technology thing has been a bit lost on me, but Google, according to a YouTube page, believes "technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t."
That led a team within the company to start Project Glass and develop a prototype pair of wraparound glasses (described as futuristic or retro, depending on the report) for testing. The glasses can stream information to the lenses and work through voice commands. The display is in front of one eye.
One person who used the glasses, told The New York Times, "They let technology get out of your way. If I want to take a picture I don’t have to reach into my pocket and take out my phone; I just press a button at the top of the glasses and that’s it."
A piece by The Telegraph pointed out that most attempts at wearable technology up to this point have promised to make computing and/or life easier, but have yet to deliver on those promises.
- Project Glass: One day… – Google/YouTube
- Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses – The New York Times
- Why wearable technology is seldom a good fit – The Telegraph
- Google reveals futuristic ‘Project Glass’ – The Christian Science Monitor
Discussion Questions: How much potential do you see in Google’s Project Glass prototype glasses? Are these and/or other forms of wearable technology where mobile technology is going? If yes, how might they be leveraged by retailers and brands?