We’ve all seen Terminator and envied Arnie’s spectacular in eye information station. Well if you’ve always dreamed of doing the same, Google Glass may be about to make those dreams come true.
What Is the Google Glass?
Launching in 2013, the Google Glass is worn in place of a standard pair of glasses with a small prismatic screen in the top right corner which provides eye tracking and voice control to access to a wealth of functionality.
The basic term ‘OK Glass’ turns on the product. You can then use ‘Take a Photo’ or ‘Record a Video’ to get an instant picture or 10 second film. The ‘You Are There’ functionality means you can record or photograph exactly what you are seeing. This can then be shared with others or you can ‘hang out’ with pals so that they can see exactly what you can in real time.
However, the Glass is far more than a simple instant recording system. It provides access to a wealth of apps and search facilities directly to your eye. From weather and directions, to the latest market statistics, the Glass has its own WIFI receptor and can be tethered to the iPhone to obtain instant data.
The Benefits of the Glass
It is said that users today are more focused on devices than they are on people. But Google believe the Glass will bring real life back into focus and remove the barrier that technology has created.
Furthermore, this device enables you to record your child winning a race or the view half way up a mountain completely hands free. And you no longer even have to look through a lens, Google Glass records what you can see.
You do not even have to remove your focus or use your hands to discover how to get instant data when using the Glass. Everything is there in front of you without you even having to look down.
The Impact of the Google Glass
In the first instance, there has to be a huge question around privacy. If it is possible to record someone or something without even having to hold up a device, who is going to know when they are being recorded and by whom? And if the link is real time, who else is going to be watching without your knowledge?
Furthermore, would a Glass on the face, really remove the barrier of technology? Surely if someone has a recordable device that provides instant information on their face, wouldn’t you be more concerned than ever that they were focusing on it rather than you?
For early adaptors and those that want hands free photography, the Google Glass will be unmissable especially when headsets are forecast to retail between $200 and $500. However whether it thrives in the mainstream is something only time will tell.