Google’s Glass product is in the hands of a select few thousand people including four Clevelanders profiled July 28 on the Plain Dealer’s front page and Cleveland.com. That article is well worth reading. This article extends those thoughts with light-hearted speculation on how Google Glass and its wearable technology imitators may impact people in the future.
Google Glass is a smartphone accessory that is worn on a glasses frame. It has a camera, microphone, speakers, storage and a battery. Google Glass interfaces with a smartphone via Bluetooth, the technology used to make wireless headphones work with a smartphone. Google Glass can take photos and videos. It’s controlled by head movements, by voice commands, or by touching the device on the right side of the glasses frame. For fun check out this “Saturday Night Live” parody of a Google Glass user, via The Verge.
Google Glass isn’t the first to offer a glasses-based camera. This article covers a camera glasses offering that Lady Gaga helped design for Polaroid and launched in 2011. The Polaroid camera glasses were just cameras, not smartphones.
So imagine it’s 2023 and as many people as had smartphones in 2013 now have Google Glass or a more advanced wearable tech follow on product. You’re walking down the street and instead of looking down to see messages transmitted from friends and business contacts, you can see them in the corner of your glasses. Instead of typing into something you hold in your hand, you either talk, or touch something worn on your face. As you walk through town you see a other people using similar motions.
Imagine you’re driving. Maybe you’ll be able to use the glasses to get driving directions without taking your eyes off the road. Maybe you’ll have an easier way to contact family or friends while you drive. Or to access content more easily than you can today with satellite radio and compact disk drive. Questions about what the driver can and cannot do while driving are bound to arise: What activities are acceptable and which ones, like texting, are too distracting to do while driving?
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