Is it really possible that thin framed glasses can give you smartphone capabilities along with having a functional screen which has its own interface? I mean, ok, we are in 2012, but realistically speaking, do we have the developed technology to manufacture such glasses? Whether we think we’re able to do it or not, Google claims to have made such glasses.
Project Glass: One day...
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In April the 4 th 2012, Google uploaded ‘Project Glass: One day…’ where a downtown New Yorker is shown to go through a day with the proposed ‘Google Glasses’. The man carries out tasks on his glasses such as checking the weather, receiving messages from his friends on Google+, replying to them using speech, adding dates to the calendar, live video streaming and more. In the video we also see the man find out where the location of his friend is and choose to be directed by ‘Google Glasses’ there. Without leaving the obvious, we see the man check in to a mud truck and share a picture he just took, all to Google+.
How are we supposed to perceive this 2 minute 30 seconds video? Prior the upload of the video, nothing even similar to Google Glasses has ever been seen around the market other than in sci-
Robert Scoble pictured left with Google co-
In the video we see as some said "A gaming HUD", but in the pictures released by Google on their Google+ page, we see one small wide screen at the top right corner, MIT Media Lab researcher Pranav Mistry says "The small screen seen in the photos cannot give the experience the video is showing."
Seeing Google maps being used indicates that there is a satellite navigation system embedded somewhere, and this poses the question; how dangerous would this be considering it is that close to the brain? Many other different questions remain such as: how different will the interface appear when it is dark? How heavy are the glasses? What would be the battery life time?
A company as big as Google wouldn’t play around with its worldwide audience, but what does it have to lose? On the flip side of the coin, we need to make room for the possibility of such glasses. We used to only see holograms on sci-
Consumers have responded avidly to what Google proposed, with some shouting "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY" and others amusingly commenting "one step closer to the Matrix"
Away from considering the technical possibilities of these glasses, this is essentially a new piece of exciting technology that people can access. We have used the physical shape of the mobile phone for decades, but the only purpose for using glasses is either for fashion or to improve sight. Google could be working on something revolutionary here. If only we can get in touch with the Google[x] group to find out more…