Recently the Internet has been abuzz with talks of the latest technological marvel to roll out from the six-lettered superpower of the world, Google Glass. Google Glass is quickly shaping up to rewrite the definition of how people live, and share that life with others. With seamless connections to the things people need, right when they need them, having the Internet at eye-level never seemed so practical, until now.
Google Glass is a small computer system manufactured into the form of eyeglasses. When Glass is worn, it functions through a combination of voice commands that display visual information to the user through its optical display. While Glass does not currently support prescription lenses, Google has plans to integrate their design with pre-existing prescriptions so that more users can enjoy the device. It was announced on January 26, 2014, that Google was adding several prescription frame options to their product line for around $225.00 USD.
Looking into the capabilities of Google Glass, it can be seen how the definition of standard is changing, live before the very eyes of the user. Recording precious moments was previously limited to the lens of a camera or smartphone. Through Glass, by capturing events exactly as they are observed through the eyes, it will now be possible replay the past in the same vivid perspective, time and time again. Doing away with the moments spent fumbling for phones and cameras is being seen a quite the appeal across the expectant and constantly growing fan base of prospective Glass users.
These benefits can also be seen in various forms within the functionality of Google Glass Explorer Edition. A Glass Explorer is essentially a candidate that sets out to live life through the lenses of Google during their varied day-to-day activities. Whether a user is curious about the inception of their hometown, or searching for a new dinner recipe while out shopping, Glass makes it possible to seamlessly connect people to information, and to each other. Calls and messaging can be performed on the fly, with hands-free operation separating users from the distractions of managing multiple devices like never before.
The most recent update allowing for users who currently rely of prescription lenses is a big step in expanding the consumer base while continuing to appeal to the overall audience with new shades and frame styles. Through Google’s partnership with Vision Service Plan, Glass will be introduced to eye care professionals across the United States, who will be trained to supply consumers with options and services that best integrate the product into their lives.
Concerns and potential downsides of the totality of such an immersive integration and constant connection have already made themselves known. Legal issues, arising from the violations of privacy that would be far easier for users of Glass to encounter, are things that the public and Google will have to prepare themselves for as Glass becomes more mainstream. Conversely, instances in which lives or security depend on things like eyewitness accounts or immediate access to emergency services, could be positively impacted by the instant exposure provided by Glass. All in all, as the definition of mobile connectivity is reshaped by products like Google Glass, the positives and negatives it will have on the way people live have yet to be seen.
By Darrell Purcell