Remember the Terminator movies – how “Arnold” (the Terminator) would look at stuff and get all kinds of dials and gauges and instructions that appeared in his field of vision? But they didn’t block his vision in any way? Wasn’t that cool?
Google is announcing “Google Glass”, and implementation of this kind of technology, will be available before the end of 2013. And, even though it is Google and not Apple who is announcing it (right now, anyway), the technology will work with iPhones as well as Andoid devices via Bluetooth.
So, what does it mean for you and me and everyone? Well, first, you could be reading emails, texts, talking on the phone, browsing the ‘net, watching porn, recording whatever you see – all while taking a stroll down the street. If you think people (kids especially) are becoming more anti-social because their attention is always on their smartphone, this will create a little bubble of isolation for people, even when they are in large crowds.
Here’s some more thoughts…
According to FastCoDesign.com and the New York Times…
Google Glass is cutting-edge tech, driven by a high-speed wireless infrastructure that didnt even exist a few years ago…. Googles design team has made Glasss look and comfort a priority, according to a person briefed on the companys design process. Designers first made it in black, thinking it would flatter everyone, but they added colors because black frames can look heavy on a fair person. The glasses, which 18 months ago weighed eight pounds, are now lighter than a typical pair of sunglasses. Engineers have worked to shrink the components so wearers look less like cyborgs.
But, it’s not going to be just a fashion statement for the cutting-edge crowd.
“I think the utility (of Google Glass) to policing should be obvious,” (Charles) Stross (author of Halting State) says, reminding me that fellow science fiction writer Vernor Vinge (the inventor of “the singularity”) has proposed contact lenses doing the same thing in a slightly more distant future.
Can you imagine? Every cop (whether real or rented) you see with Google Glasses could easily be recording and broadcasting you every move you make. Watch out shoplifters.
- What it is like to wear Google Glass [Video](9to5google.com)
- How the World Feels Through Google Glass(itsabeautifulearth.com)
- Google Glasses Tested(theverge.com)
- Zuckerberg ‘can’t wait’ for Google Glass(telegraph.co.uk)
- Can Google Glasses ever look cool?(wired.co.uk)