We have to give you fair warning – get ready to have most of the neurons in your brain fried by the pure, unadulterated coolness which is Google Glasses. Depending on what you’ve already read or heard, you may also know this delicious bit of techie goodness as Google Goggles or Project Glass. Regardless of what you call it, those in the know are speculating sky-high possibilities for something that, at first glance, seems extraordinarily…well…weird.
Wearable computing sounds like something out of the latest sci-fi blockbuster. However, if you think back about twenty years (provided you were alive back then) carrying around a tiny computer which delivered all the information in the world, let you keep in contact with your friends without even talking to them and made phone calls to boot sounded pretty damn far-fetched. We’re fairly sure that in another twenty years, technology like Google Glasses will have reached the same level of everyday usage.
Simply put, Google Glasses involves wearing your smartphone. Not in your pocket, like you do already. Wearing it on your face. Or, as some researchers are suggesting, wearing it – hold your breath – in a contact lens.
We know – a computer on your eyeball – this can’t be real, right? Wrong. Google just unveiled their first version of the technology. While the current design takes dorky to a whole new level and carries a price tag higher than our first car, it’s a monumental leap in the world of personal technology.
Google Glasses Now and the Future
As it sits right now, Google Glasses involves a tiny computer affixed to one side of a pair of regular glasses. Google is reportedly in talks with eyeglass companies to discuss sleeker integration and the aforementioned uber-cool contact lens possibilities. Currently, however, if you want wearable computing, you’re going to look like a geek. Get over it.
Google Glasses projects directly into your eye, using eyeglass lenses. Operated by a pad that seems weird and awkward at first but is apparently very adaptable, these tiny computer/smartphones deliver content right in front of your eyes. Apparently they’re much easier to get used to than they sound.
Imagine you’re walking down the street. You’re in a new city. At each turn, directions are popped in front of you – no looking down and screen-tapping necessary. Obviously, this is just a tiny taste of what Google Glass can do – but it sparks the imagination for the incredible potential of this technology.
Wearable Computing – Not as Geeky as it Sounds
A big argument against Google Glass – and any technology of the kind – is that it will ultimately leave us all in our own little virtual bubbles, completely cut off from the real world. After all, how many hours do we currently spend with our eyes fixed on a tiny screen, unaware that our date is tapping her fork in annoyance?
Instead of the head-down, cut off current usage of technology, Google Glass will, quite literally, bring the real world into sharper focus. Heads up and focused on what’s really right in front of us, we’ll still be able to look up, text or call anybody or anything we desire. Google Glass aims to bring people back together with technology – not push us further apart.
Project Glass: One day…
Google Glasses – Your Bottom Line
For the vast majority of us, this technology will simply not be affordable. Even if it was, we’ll be honest and say that personally, it’s just too unattractive for everyday wear. However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that technology moves fast. Faster than we expect, always taking us by surprise with the latest and greatest. For this reason, we are ridiculously excited to see the future of Google Glass. Whilst only only sale to developers right now for $1,500.00, you can expect them to be available to the consumer at some point in 2014. We just hope that the geek-dreamer glasses as they’ve been dubbed don’t cost the earth.
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