As most of you may have heard, the tech giant Google came out with Google glass in May 2014. It was developed by Google X, which is their branch devoted to technological advancements. The early models were made available to a select few “Glass Explorers” via twitter at a price of $1500. This beta period of glass, “Google Glass Explorer” program ended in January of 2015. In February 2015, Google announced that Google Glass was being redesigned to be perfect and they filed a new application with the FTC on 12/28, 2015
The glasses feature a touchpad, camera and display and feature a microphone that one can use for voice commands. The glasses support a number of third party applications which range anywhere from news apps, translation, social media, and even facial recognition. The number of tools that the glasses come with allow for endless possibilities. While these glasses are AR (augmented reality), I think that the next step in mobile technology is this world of AR/VR (Virtual Reality).
People are already analyzing what experiences these AR devices can enhance. In one case, we could be using our skull to unlock wearable devices and access personal data. Some researchers have found that it is possible to use a bone conduction speaker and microphone on Google Glass to identify a user accurately. Obviously this technology would have to go through a lot of testing and adjustments but if it were to work, it could mean that we would no longer need to remember passwords and unlocking devices and account can be even easier than a fingerprint. However, I do think that this technology will not come anytime soon since I am pretty sure human skulls change over time and the security risks would be high with technology such as this.
Another application I thought was interesting for the Google Glass is to bring it to the doctor’s office. Doctor’s would wear these glasses and be able to pull up patient information and history without needing to turn their back to the patient to go on the computer. In addition, I think it could have useful applications such as taking pictures and even videotaping as evidence/proof of good practice. While it might be awkward for the patient at first, I think that it could help lower cases of malpractice and could be a big step in ‘rehumanizing’ a trip to the doctor’s office.
While there are many alternatives to the Google Glass such as the HoloLens, I think that AR as well as VR will be extremely interesting to keep an eye on, as the mobile tech industry grows.