On Friday one (of I think three) departmental google glasses landed on my desk.
The google glass offers a small semi transparent screen just above your line of sight, a speaker and microphone, a camera and some intuitive swipe interactions on one of the arms. As google co-founder Serget Brin explains in this TED Talk the vision for google glass was to deliver information to users in a less invasive way that through more traditional mobile devices
So far, it kind of does what it’s meant to. I don’t see it as the end point, but there is certainly potential. The voice control and the swiping works fairly well, but it seems the vision is that people wear these things all the time. At the moment I’m putting it on to use it, using it and then taking it off again. It does also get pretty hot after a short amount of use.
I think for Google glass is very much still early days. It’s not going to be adopted in it’s current form. Even though it’s impressively small it still feels intrusive and not something I can imagine people using all the time. It’s also very expensive. I can see so interesting uses for this in the future though. So far the highlight has been watching my niece staring at the living room ceiling using star chart to read out the names of stars and planets she could see!