We can already compute on the run, thanks to our tablet computers and smartphones. However, Google isn’t content. The online search giant is in the middle of testing its Project Glass initiative, 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 sporting what looks like futuristic wrap-around Star Trek glasses.
A Computer Above Your Eyes
The famed Google augmented reality glasses allow users to read email messages, bring up online maps, take pictures, record video, and video chat with friends and family members – all without the use of their hands.
A Stream of Useful Information
Google glasses are triggered using voice commands. You can simply request a bus schedule and it will be displayed for you. Or you can request directions to a theatre, and a map will be displayed much like how it would be on a smartphone.
According to a video produced by Google, the company’s augmented reality glasses would also allow you to check your day’s schedule and revamp your plans if things change. For instance, in the video a Google glasses-wearing consumer is going to the subway. As he hits the entrance his glasses tell him that subway service is suspended. The glasses then calculate a walking route to his destination.
An Unobtrusive Technology?
Supposedly Project Glass isn’t designed to bombard users with an unending stream of technology. It’s actually meant to make it simpler for them to access the technology they want when they want it. For instance, a user might want to take a picture of his girlfriend standing on a bridge over the Chicago River. As opposed to fumbling around for his camera or smartphone, he just presses a button on his Google glasses to click the shot.
Another issue that has been raised is the potential for being bombarded with advertisements. There are some entertaining spoof videos on YouTube regarding this. Whatever the future of Project Glass may be, one thing is for sure. This technology has a lot of potential.