The future is finally here. Google Glasses have landed. For those not in the know Google Glass is a wearable device that you can wear like a pair of eye glasses and allows you to ‘augment reality’ by taking pictures or videos which are visible on a small screen above your eyes. It’s basically a computer on your head. The company that can already see you from space wants to get up close and personal. Google have issued a small amount of the Google Glasses to a select number of people to try out and pictures taken from them have just started to appear on social networking sites. Google says that they hope to put them on the market by next year.
The Official Promotion Video.
Google maintains that Google Glass has the potential to save lives and revolutionise how we see the world. For example if someone is trapped in a burning house images taken by the Google Glass can be transmitted online to inform authorities of what is happening. Another example would be if someone witnesses a crime take place. The Google Glass has the potential to identify the criminal and inform authorities immediately.
Demo of Someone Using Google Glasses at an Airport
The possibility of photographing very single thing that happens in the world however hasnot been music to everyone’s ears. Concerns have been raised about invasion of privacy and also the potential for disruption to normal social interactions. Just imagine taking to someone who is recording everything you do and transmitting it to a database somewhere. Don’t we already have camera phones and security cameras to make sure every move we make has the potential to be caught on screen?
Google Glass has an immense potential for changing how we interact with one another. For example if you wear the Google Glass to a bar and meet someone new there is a distinct possibility that the Google Glass will instantly be able to search the internet for information about that person using advanced recognition techniques (much like those used in music recognition apps) which would then be displayed on the little screen in front of your eyes. Google Glass has the potential to be able to categorise everyone you meet pretty much instantaneously. Sure, it could save you a lot of grief in the dating game, but it might also lead to a very boring life. Why make any effort in getting to know someone new if you can find out all you need to know by running their information through a search engine before even talking to them. Then again, who hasn’t already Googled the name of a potential lover to see what the internet throws up! Maybe this is just the next logical step.