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 look like futuristic sci-fi glasses, and take being constantly connected to the next level.
A Computer Above Your Eyes
These augmented reality glasses let people speak with friends, share images, take notes and more all without having to use their hands. The actions you would like to take, whether to chat with friends or get directions, all display in front of your eyes.
A Stream of Useful Information
Google glasses are made to work with voice commands. If you are using 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.
This video, created by Google, shows what this may be like. The video highlights one fascinating feature about Google Glasses, if something hinders your plans you can change gears without having to be too put out. For instance, the man in the video tries to take the subway and his glasses alert him that the subway has been suspended; they then map out walking directions for him. It’s like having a personal assistant that is one step ahead of you.
An Unobtrusive Technology?
There has been some debate as to weather the data shown will be so vast that it may restrict a person’s sight. Google has stated that the only data that will 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 someone wishes to text a friend they only have to speak it, instead of find their device and type.
Another concern a lot of 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 search on YouTube for Project Glass parodies and discover some fairly humorous ones. But whatever you think the future of Project Glass is, this technology has opened up a world of possibilities.