If you’ve been living under a rock, you might have missed Google releasing its futuristic fusion computer-glasses, Google Glass.
Glass has a built-in camera, email, video chat and texting capabilities. Wait, so does my iPhone… what’s the big deal?
Glass actually, like, actually, provides an augmented-reality experience for the wearer. It’s not just the stuff of sci-fi movies anymore, it’s happening right in front of your eyes (your right eye to be precise).
The downside? It’s comparable to the Segway in sexiness… scoring a zero out of ten on the ‘things I’d actually wear’ scale. In every promotional photo, the wearer looks concerningly surprised. But, when spectacles first landed on people’s faces a few hundred years ago, people were slow to see past how ridiculous they looked in favour of the new technology. Add catwalk shows – Diane Von Furstenburg showcased models wearing Glass down the runway – and the street cred may rise a little.
With data projected in front of the right eye (in the line of sight) you can understand how professional athletes like cyclists might find this useful. But normal people? Are we so lazy we can’t even look down at our phones anymore?!
At least we can be thankful that Windows wasn’t in charge (parody video here)!
One big surprise plus is that Glass has a huge use for autism sufferers. By installing facial recognition apps, Glass can help with social interactions by detecting smiles, frowns, and angry faces, allowing people with autism to interpret facial cues in real time.
Perhaps when the beta versions have weeded out potential bugs or quirks (see another parody video here!) Google Glass will be a fun lifestyle addition – but for now, we’re still skep(spec)tical!
Thanks to Giuseppe Costantino for the Flickr image!