With Google’s Explorer program round the corner few lucky people will get a chance to try Google Glass hands on. We have heard of various Glass’ features like Google Translate, picture and video recording and storing on the cloud, using Google’s Search feature, Messaging, Navigation, Google Now, and so on. What other applications can you use (if granted a chance) the Google Glass?
Eric Schmidt talking about his new book Dive into Mobile and talking to All Things D mentioned that his favorite thing is the fact that he can talk to Glass and it talks back. The voice recognition is evidently up to par with touch and type and we could see much more or what we do and see using smartphones on wearable gadgets like Google smartwatch and Google Glass. One could even hypothesize by saying that touch enabled devices will one day be replaced with voice command enabled devices.
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When iPad was introduced people wowed and turned their heads in disbelief, but when apps flooded the market and people got a chance to try it out, they soon discovered, that they really wanted one. Few short years later we’re reading that there are more tablets sold than computers. Likewise, when apps are created for the Google Glass platform, people will come around. Devices that listen? What’s not to like?
In auto industry for example, no matter how advanced or new the car is, the wearable, always-up-to-date technology will always be superior to in-dash navigation and controls. Month old maps in Cadillac’s GPS are just too old when compared to any map app that is constantly updated. Damon Lavrinc wrote in Wired about replacing the entire dashboard electronics with functions of voice activated wearable technology… “everything from speedometers to music controls”. All car functions can be tapped into via on-board diagnostics, but you have to have the equipment and software to make some sense of it. What if you could check your diagnostics while driving? You spot a clunking sound coming from under the hood and send that info wirelessly straight to your mechanic. Or for that matter, send the info to some car diagnostic app that gives you an instant feedback into whether you should pull over, or head to the shop. Google Glass should soon be able to tap into driving variables to let you know, just how safe, or fuel-efficient your driving is.
Scrawling up and down the lists in Google Glass happens to the commands of head gestures. What if similar functions was made possible to detect sleepy drivers? Of course, Glass and all wearable technologies would first have to be legal to wear while driving a car. Laws are already being drafted to ban Glass while driving.
Friend of mine got a camera installed in his car after being involved in a lawsuit over an incident involving a car. The camera simply records everything in 24 hours cycles. In most developed uncensored countries, this is of course admissible in the court of law. Press a button, say “OK, Glass” and all you see is posted on your Facebook almost as it happens.
What if you could spend a day with Uma Thurman? How about witnessing Reese Witherspoon’s telling off a cop for arresting her husband yesterday? One does not get the dimmest of chances to see that live, but what if (or rather when) Glass becomes a must-have? You’ll see millions wearing them, talking to their friends (or to themselves… for all you know) and socializing. Celebrities will be paid large mula to wear these on parties, social events, or in day to day lives.
New civil laws will have to be written to protect workers in their workspace. I imagine there will be some ass making his employees wear Google Glass to spy on his/hers workers.
For the most part though YouTube (, well Google) and other video sites will experience another upheaval once Glass becomes common. Recording all the silly wacky things while wearing Glass will be extremely addictive. For one, the person behind the camera doesn’t have to hold the camera to record.
What would you record or how would you use your Glass? Roller Coaster? Skiing? Paragliding? How about your bud tripping after having one too many?
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