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Google’s Project Glass

by Martina Wormuth on April 10, 2012

So, I was looking through my newsfeeds the other day, and they were exploding with news about this new thing that Google was doing. Naturally, I was curious, because I think that Google is awesomely innovative and that they have really different ideas that other people may never have thought of.

Suddenly, Google’s Project Glass was taken out from under wraps.

I was taken aback at first. It reminded me of a visor worn by Geordi La Forge (played by Lavar Burton) on Star Trek. The item appears to be a half visor that fits over your eyes and has a nose piece like glasses. I believe it wraps around the back of your head as well; I couldn’t tell very well from the prototype images that were supplied by the article.

In short, this is Google’s attempt in what they’re calling “augmented-reality” glasses. In a sense, instead of altering reality (like those “virtual reality” glasses or experiences most of us know about), they make reality better. It would work with the Android platform, and you could do everything you’d do with a smart phone. Take pictures and video, make calls, use a GPS, and everything else that you’d do, but instead of being in your hands, it would be sitting on your head.

Could this be Google’s chance to jump ahead of Apple in innovative technologies? I’m not too sure. There are already places that make you turn off your cell phone when you go in (I’m thinking doctor’s offices and government offices in particular). Would they make you take the glasses off? They’d have to, I’d imagine, because they can’t tell what you’re doing inside there.

But, at the same time, this would make those same things more obvious. I have a huge visor-thing on my head, instead of sneaking around the cell phone. People can clearly tell that you are using your device when you shouldn’t be. Cell phones are a bit easier to hide in your pocket.

Speaking of pockets, I also think that it’s kind of justifying our already lazy culture. Now I just have to press a button near my head instead of digging for a phone. Hey, it may be easier to actually get all of your calls instead of missing them because you can’t find the  phone.

I don’t think it would replace cell phones; heck, there are still people I know that don’t have smart phones. I didn’t have a smart phone till a few months ago. I’m a late adopter, what can I say? But, still. It may never fully catch on. But those tech geeks that need to have every new thing? It’ll be a field day for them!

What do you think of this technology? Would you be an early adopter, or would you be hesitant and want to see if it really is worth all the hype they’re making about it now? And the most important question…

Would they make a set that fit alongside of my glasses that I use for my near-sightedness? I may be a little more likely to try it out if they did.

Leave your thoughts in the comments, and we’ll see you back here on Thursday!

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