Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on April 6, 2012
Google’s Project Glass — its new augmented-reality glasses — launched this week. While the Star Trek-esque technology these glasses intend to offer doesn’t yet exist, they blast open the imagination with their possibilities of “wearable computing” and how they could change our connections and interactions with computers and cyberspace.
For better or for worse.
Welcome to the future.
From Washington Post, ‘Project Glass: One day…’: What the world might look like through Google’s glasses:
Google released a video on YouTube which follows a potential day in the life of a Google glasses user. The new technology is still in testing and would allow the wearer to connect with the Web.
From NY Times, Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses:
If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don’t worry. It’s probably just a Google employee testing the company’s new augmented-reality glasses.
On Wednesday, Google gave people a clearer picture of its secret initiative called Project Glass. The glasses are the company’s first venture into wearable computing.
The glasses are not yet for sale. Google will, however, be testing them in public.
In a post shared on Google Plus, employees in the company laboratory known as Google X, including Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun, asked people for input about the prototype of Project Glass. Mr. Lee, a Google product manager and originally worked on Google mapping software Latitude, mobile maps and indoor maps, is responsible for the software component and the location-based aspects of the glasses.
From WBIR News, Google glasses offer glimpse into Internet’s future:
NEW YORK (AP) – If you think texting and walking is dangerous, just wait until everyone’s wearing Google glasses, the futuristic, Internet-connected eyewear.
While wearing a pair, you can see directions to your destination appear literally before your eyes. You can talk to friends over video chat or even buy a few things online as you walk around.
These Google glasses can do everything you now need a smartphone or tablet computer to accomplish.
Mind you, the technology doesn’t actually exist. Google offered a glimpse of “Project Glass” in a video and blog post this week as a way to start a discussion and solicit ideas.
The glasses hint at endless possibilities. But the project also opens up a minefield of challenges around public safety, privacy, practicality, even fashion sensibility.
A glimpse at the Google glasses came the same week Google co-founder Larry Page ruminated about his past year as CEO and mused about the challenges ahead in an unusual dispatch Thursday.
Kyle Geissler at WCLO News isn’t yet enamored with the new Google glasses:
I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon, but it seems like Google Glasses would make the annoyances generated by cell phone use seem insignificant.
I could see useful applications for Google Glasses, but I can’t get past the awkwardness of wearing them in any social situation.
Google unveiled today (and Apple will soon follow) yet another forward-looking technology device — voice-commanded eyeglasses with lenses that are actually transparent screens to display online digital images (and probably eventually also sound from the earpieces). These are a new category of “wearable computers”.
“Can you imagine how attractive these will be to youngsters and the pressure on parents to buy them? And the teen fads? And how will you control them? Parents too must be “forward-looking” in anticipating challenges from these new devices. New technologies will keep coming fast, so how will parents and educators help children benefit, rather than be hurt by their use?” asks Eitan Schwarz, MD, a veteran Chicago child psychiatrist, faculty member at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and expert on children and technology.
“Our truly brilliant engineers deliver great innovations to serve us as tools. But in the hands of children, most will be coveted as toys, much as computers, mobile phones and tablets have been, and difficult to control. Yes, recent guidance by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Fred Rogers? Center describes potential educational benefits to young children, moderating earlier warnings by the American Academy of Pediatrics and essentially sanctioning greater parental discretion. However, while digital devices have great potential to benefit kids and families, studies are showing that unsupervised widespread use causes disturbances in learning, attention, normal play, and social skills especially in the 20% of more vulnerable kids,” according to Dr. Schwarz.
Dr. Schwarz, inventor of ZillyDilly for iPad, is concerned that parents are mostly on their own managing their kids with these devices, “Each family seems to cope in its own way, and some do very well. Many don’t.”