First there were computers, the Internet, cell phones, smart phones and now smart glasses?
Google’s Project Glass is working on a piece of computerized eyewear that everybody can use in their day-to-day life, with technology no longer being in the foreground.
Technology is intended to make lives easier and it seems as if Project Glass is going to do just that. Imagine wandering through the streets of New York City and wondering what skyscraper you are looking at. With these glasses, you will be able to look at the building, and then its history will pop up on a small screen, giving you all the information you need to know. With this technology, it saves someone from having to pull out their phone, finding out the name of the building and then searching it on the Internet and hopefully finding a useful link.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google commented on how easy the glasses make taking pictures. He shared a story of how he threw his son into the air, caught him with both hands, and the glasses were able to capture the entire sequence. While today’s technology is very advanced compared to that of twenty years ago, doing something like Brin described is not possible with today’s devices.
What’s great about this pair of glasses is that when the user does not want them to be a miniature computer, they can be worn like any regular pair of frames. The screen is clear and does not overwhelm the user, because of its location off to the side, thus making technology fade into the background of people’s lives.
Although there is not set release date, google’s newest product is expected to be released sometime within the next few years, taking technology to a level where it has it has not been before.
Sources: The New York Times, Wired