Project Glass: Help or Hindrance

We have entered the age of on the go computing. But Google wants to take it a step further. You’ve probably heard about their Project Glass initiative, which many people call Google glasses. These resemble futuristic sci-fi glasses, and take being constantly connected to the next level.

A Computer Above Your Eyes

These augmented reality glasses let people speak with friends, share images, take notes and more all without using their hands. The actions you wish to take, whether to chat with friends or get directions, all display before your eyes.

A Stream of Useful Information

These Google glasses are activated using voice commands. By just speaking out loud, “where is the closest bus stop” the glasses will access a map and lead you to your destination.

According to a video created by Google, the company’s augmented reality glasses would also allow you to check your day’s schedule and revamp your plans if things change. For example, in the video a Google glasses-wearing consumer is heading to the subway. As he hits the entrance his glasses tell him that subway service is suspended. The glasses then calculate a walking path to his destination.

An Unobtrusive Technology?

There has been some debate as to weather the information displayed will be so large that it may hinder a person’s sight. Google has stated that the only data that will be projected into a user’s field of vision is information they’ve requested and they maintain that this will help more then hinder. For example, if a person wishes to text a friend they only have to speak it, instead of find their device and type.

Another concern a lot of people have is that Project Glass could be used as an advertising platform; pulling up ads for companies that are related to the one you are physically in. You can look on YouTube for Project Glass parodies and discover some fairly humorous ones.  But whatever you think the future of Project Glass is, this technology has opened up a world of possibilities.


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