Yesterday Google unveiled Project Glass, a secret program designed to bring augmented-reality to the masses. Google’s new Android-powered glasses will allow you to check your email, update your Facebook, or even check-in to your favorite restaurant. The device creates a direct link to your smartphone, providing real-time information in a heads-up display (HUD).
It is the company’s first official venture into wearable computing. The team leading the initiative, including Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun, are part of Google’s clandestine Google X labs, a branch of the company that focuses on futuristic tech and big picture concepts, such as space elevators, robots and driverless cars.
Is reality changing forever? It certainly has on television where Reality TV has nothing to do with reality! Now with these glasses will it be able to have a spectacular Central Park view through the windows that in the past showcased a dark, hideous alley? Will buyers or renters be able to scan a QR code on a building and take a very real-looking-and-feeling virtual tour of an apartment without entering the building…..just by looking in their glasses?
It’s all very space-agey…..and almost unbelievable. Then again, whoever would have thought just a few years ago that millions would read all their books and newspapers on a little computer tablet? Our world is changing faster than ever, and this may signal the transfer of the computer out of our hands and onto our bodies. A few years ago, millions did not run around staring at their telephones/PDA’s all day and night. Will these glasses do to our eyes what the headphones are doing to our ears? Will I-views become as chic as I-tunes?
Maybe Corey Hart’s “I wear my sunglasses at night” will become a huge hit again? And how chic a version will APPLE deliver?