The hype and controversy over Google Glass may fade as people began a migration to a more sensible wearable that would best fit everyday situations, like the Apple Watch. From the first views of people donning the Google eyewear, people were concerned about public safety and privacy. It was the new tech device to hit the market and some either loved the tech wearable or hated it.
Google Glass, a wearable computer that can record or capture images of life events, send texts, browse the web, receive navigational information and much more. The idea of recording concerned people, which led to a number of locations around the U.S. to ban the devices from restaurants, bars and other establishments. Now a study from the University of Central Florida indicates that using the Google wearable may be as dangerous as texting while driving. However, that did not stop other companies, like Samsung and Sony to start developing and testing their own tech eyewear.
Apple, on the other hand, has so far steered clear of the eyewear market and instead combined the fitness digital wearable with a timepiece to release the Watch. The Watch allows the wearer to stay connected to their mobile devices without the science fiction looking headset distracting people around them. And the Apple Watch, in an attempt to best the competition, offers a number of similar functions that Google Glass offers, minus the video recording or image capture from whatever the wearer is viewing.
Apple’s Watch takes the approach of tying in a number of useful technology functions and packing them into a wearable device that people should be use to seeing, a simple wrist watch. Unlike the science fiction like appearance of Google Glass, Watch can connect the wearer with their email, texts, maps, photos and offers health and fitness options.
Google wants wearers of Glass to expand on how the internet is used by people every day and attempt to seamlessly integrate it into a useful platform. The concern is that while in a car, a driver wearing Glass may be distracted by the information that is coming through the eyepiece display. While having turn by turn navigation right in front of the individual behind the wheel may appear to be a smart idea, the concern is that text messages, emails, or a number of other notifications that may pop up on the display could cause distracted driving.
The Watch does not totally solve the distraction while driving issue. However, unlike Glass, Watch wearers do not need to constantly be viewing the display. With the device on the wearers wrist, glancing at it while driving to follow a map or view a notification could still offer an unnecessary distraction while driving. One option that seems obvious would be when setting navigation to the Watch, either by receiving directions through an email or by telling Siri, Apple’s digital iOS assistant, what destination a route should be created for, once entering a car with built-in or added on navigation systems, the Watch should have the ability to share that information. That feature would require a cooperation with Apple and navigation manufacturers to integrate that feature, and it may not be out of the question since Siri has already made it into some automotive manufacturers’ cars.
To avoid the distracted driving while wearing Google Glass, Google may research a of driving mode, which would limit wearers to only navigation when behind the wheel of a car, or disable the device all together when driving. Until that day arrives, the digital wearables battle between the Apple Watch and Google Glass will continue with supporters of each device voicing opinions on which is best.
By Carl Auer