Google Glass: The Future of Us

“I feel like a regular human being who is lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the future of humanity and what the world will look like when it is inhabited by exo-digitally (or cybernetically) enhanced humans.”

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York‘s On-air Tech Expert and the host of Fox Television’s monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He is defending Glass against accusations of it looking like something from Star Trek by stating that Google Glass is the future of technology and the device is allowing a new direction into the connected world. Shelly is one of Googles explorers, someone who entered the lottery and was chosen by Google to measure and develop the product for its release to the general public.

“Glass puts all the information you’ve come to rely on right in front of your eyes. Everything is in a heads-up display. When I tap on Glass, I can do just about anything I want. In the simplest terms, Glass is my phone in a heads-up display.”

Shelly believes we have pushed our lives into our phones as much as possible and that technology has now become a distraction which takes us out of the moments we should enjoy in life. Glass now offers the same technology and allowances as mobile phones but in a heads-up display, allowing us to see the information we crave but without taking us out of the moment.

Industries including fashion events use technology such as mobile phones and tablets to help organise busy lives and schedules, Glass allows for these people to continue with the task at hand whilst being notified of recent information as well as information they can search through voice commands. RoseTinted helps these people involved in running these fashion events which requires their attention, RoseTined functions allows for the wearer to complete these tasks as well as doing the additional things they want to do. Such as, streaming live videos to social media sites or onto the brands website, as well as having their tasks being tracked and counted down for them so that they can measure the importance and priority of each task and the time available. 

“As you are probably aware, privacy is already a concern. Certain politicians have already weighed in, most without actually having used the product.

If you think back to when the first cell phones with cameras came out – there were all kinds of restrictions… this uproar won’t last long either.”

With every new innovation, new threats and controversies arise and one of Google’s main focus is to ensure the publics privacy isn’t invaded. This can be a difficult task as Glass can take a photo or a recording as easily as saying “ok glass, take a photo” even though this may appear daunting, it isn’t any different to people having the opportunity to take photos on their mobile phones. With the growing developments within technology, privacy is an on-going concern for the public which only heightens when an unfamiliar product is created, once Google Glass is introduced into the mass markets, the panic over privacy will inherently simmer down.

“Although Glass has an earbud, it also features a bone-inductive transducer that sits near your ear, which lets Glass talk to you silently. Even if you’re standing next to the person wearing Glass, you won’t hear what it is saying; the transducer vibrates the bones in the head, letting Glass read emails or text messages silently.”

This allows users to keep up to date with their own lives without intruding on others, for example within the cinema it unfortunately has become a common occurrence that someone will bring out their mobile phone and distract another away from the tension or experience of the film, with Glass people can monitor information they need or read incoming texts without imposing on anothers activity.

The use of volume control within Glass is helpful for the fashion industry as those watching a catwalk have to regularly check their mobile phones for incoming messages or information they wish to seek.  With Glass they would silently tap away to find the required information as well as be alerted to new messages without having to take their full concentration away from the fashion show. 

“Glass, in its current form, probably isn’t a consumer product. However, the way it is improving, and the speed at which these kinds of tools are coming to market”

The controversial product has been sold to Google explorers so that they may help create a commercially viable product which can be sold to the general public. There has already been  a release of an improved version of Glass technology to the explorers which has answered their main questions already as well as offering them the chance to help develop the product further. Google chose their explorers to mirror the general publics range of demographics and therefore, the wide spread opinions and wishes made by the explorers would mirror what the general public would like from the Glass. Selling to explorers first, allows for Google to perfect the device before it is released into the mass markets.

“You can bet Glass and things like it are going to be absolutely everywhere within two to three years.”

Whilst Google is currently the industry leader in technological glassware, simply because they are the first to enter the market and therefore will stand to make the most impact on the technology and on the public. If the product is a flop and the public do not accept to make it a part of their technological possessions then the future potential of these products is stinted. Therefore, Google must ensure that every bug and default is perfected before its release to ensure they remain the industry leader and provider or the device which changed how society views technology.


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