Many people spend their days with their heads down looking at their devices. Google hopes to pick our heads up and still permit us to be constantly connected. Enter Project Glass; this is Google’s recent initiative that let’s users have their data projected before their eyes, you might have heard it called Google glasses. You may also have read an article or two about this or have seen pictures of people wearing glasses that look straight out of Star Trek.
A Computer Above Your Eyes
These augmented reality glasses are hands off and permit users to share images, make phone calls, and do anything that they can do with their smartphones. The sole difference is that their field of vision is the “screen”.
A Stream of Useful Information
Google glasses are triggered 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 a lot like how it would be on a smartphone.
This video, produced by Google, gives you a peek at what wearing these augmented reality glasses could be like. The video shows a man making plans throughout his day, without having to hassle 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 shows that these glasses can act as a personal assistant who stays one step ahead and makes your life run more easily.
An Unobtrusive Technology?
One of the potential problems that has been raised about Project Glass is that the information will become a hindrance. Google has said that only information users need will be shown, and this could be more helpful than a hindrance. For instance, wouldn’t it be great to just say, “take a picture” and your glasses execute the command without you fumbling for your camera?
Another worry 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 see some fairly humorous ones. But whatever you think the future of Project Glass is, this technology has opened a world of possibilities.