- By Bill Nolan
Maybe Google just needed a wake-up call to get this project in gear. Possibly fueled by a flurry of recent activity by Facebook lately, Google is escalating its effort to move Glass into the mainstream. Plagued by a high price tag, and quite simply, looking somewhat Poindexterish while wearing them, Glass has yet to catch on. The good news is that Google has announced a partnership with Luxottica which should produce a more stylish and sporty looking version of Glass. For those that don’t know, Luxottica is the parent company of Oakley and Rayban, so we can hope for some cool looking eyewear with the capability of Glass coming soon.
For those of you that may not be familiar with Glass and what it can do, we reference this new technology in our recent blog “2014 : The Year of Gadgets” and here are some of the basics… Glass is basically a pair of glasses with a built in computer. They are “smart” glasses. They can do just about anything your smartphone, pads, etc, can do, but with the convenience of displaying the info right in front of you. This means that you are still aware of your surroundings while retrieving data… no more walking around blindly, or stepping into traffic as you stare down at a screen. Some states have legalized driving while wearing Glass so they can also take the place of gps devices. How about taking a trek through the wilderness? Leave the compass at home and take Glass instead.
What about for business?
There is likely soon to be an app or feature that will make them work for you. Glass can share content to your social media accounts… or create the ultimate training video that lets the employees basically see through your eyes as you complete a task. Apps are available that track inventory or have the ability to transmit what you are discussing during meetings so that colleagues, that are not there in person, can still participate. And that is just a scratch of what Glass can do.This is extremely new technology which means that new uses for Glass will become available in the months and years to come. I have included a link below that describes some apps that are available now.
Of course, people may give odd looks and doubters will continue to question whether they will catch on, but this happens any time there is a breakthrough in technology. Remember the pagers craze? People assumed that if you didn’t look like a doctor, you must be a drug dealer, right? Even when cell phones first became available someone was bound to make a remark such as “oh, you think you’re so popular you need to carry a phone 24/7? When laptops were introduced, the inevitable question… Do you really need to carry a computer with you? Historically, people react this way to change, but given time, the technology wins out and these devices will become accepted.
Sourballpython Studios Social Hour WeBlog: “2014 : The Year of Gadgets”
Google Glass apps list: http://glass-apps.org/google-glass-application-list.