Monday, February 27, 2012
It wasn’t long ago when we saw people talking to themselves while walking on the road or while doing some other work. And later you would find out that they were talking on their Smartphone through the blue tooth devices.
Then we saw the tablets coming out where people were doing high end computing through a computer as slim as a notebook. And now next in line are probably going to be wearable electronic such as sunglasses which people will be using to access information on the go.
This is not going to happen in distant future but by the end of the year itself when Google comes out with its eyeglasses that will project information, entertainment and even advertisements. The information will be projected on the lenses of the eyeglasses and users will only have to tilt their heads to navigate.
These glasses are said to be built in the Google X labs a secretive Google lab, where scientists are said to be also working on robots and space elevators.
These glasses will use the Android Software and will be equipped with GPS and motion sensors. It will also contain camera and audio inputs and outputs. Through the built-in camera on the glasses, Google will be able to stream images to its rack computers and return augmented reality information to the person wearing them. For instance, a person looking at a landmark could see detailed historical information and comments about it left by friends.
The glasses which are expected to be launched later in the year are expected to be priced from $250 to $600.
Google’s goggles will be able to take in the environment and overlay information about what users are looking at. Users can, for example, pinpoint the location of friends, get information about restaurants, plot navigation routes, and even learn the location of the nearest bathroom. All of that will come via Google’s own products, of course.
Google as of now is said to have no business plan for the device and will launch it more as sort of experiment and based on the feedback will make required changes.
The most important issue is going to be of privacy, as unlike cameras people in general would not be aware as to when they will be getting photographed by the glasses.
A user can have all the information at his fingertip regarding a person he meets or the location he is on and that could be used in a wrong way too. Use of face recognition software will further complicate the matters. It wouldn’t be hard to search a person through face recognition software, connect to the social networking and find out that person’s friends and acquaintances.
As per the experts these glasses will be for occasional use but nerds might wear it for long time too but the question that begs the answer is that do the buyers in general really need these glasses?
Hasn’t the technology already crept into all the facet of our lives? Since morning when you wake up by looking at your Smartphone for checking emails & messages to the night when you fall asleep replying to the mails through your tablet, isn’t that enough technology already that we would still have need for something like Google goggles?
Although such gadgets look cool on Tom Cruise in Minority Report or a James Bond movie, do you really want a GPS enabled, data connection ready glasses in your eyes and you twisting and turning your head like an idiot while you came out in the park for a walk.