We can already compute on the go, due to our tablet computers and smartphones. Nonetheless, Google isn’t satisfied. The online search giant is in the middle of testing its Project Glass effort, what you most likely think of as Google glasses. Maybe you’ve seen coverage of Project Glass in the New York Times. You may even have seen the many photos of smiling folks donning 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 difference is that their field of vision is the “screen”.
A Stream of Useful Information
Google glasses are designed to work with voice commands. If you’re donning 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 possibly 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, produced by Google, shows what this may look like. The video highlights one fascinating feature about Google Glasses, if something hinders your plans you can change gears without being too put out. For example, the man in the video tries to take the subway and his glasses inform 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?
One of the possible problems that has been brought up about Project Glass is that the information will become a burden. Google has said that only information users desire will be displayed, and this could be more helpful than a hindrance. For example, wouldn’t it be great to just say, “take a picture” and your glasses execute the command without you fumbling for your camera?
There have been those who think that these glasses will be used for advertisements. A few spoof videos have already been made and posted on YouTube that demonstrate this idea. While it is not clear what will be projected into your field of vision with Project Glass, what is clear is that Google’s latest initiative holds endless potential.