I am one the 80% of people who gets phantom phone vibration (yes this is an actual thing). If I don’t have my phone near me or on me at all times I start feeling a little anxiety. I know it’s probably not healthy, but my life is inside my iPhone.
I don’t know anyone’s phone number or what meeting I have tomorrow. I don’t worry about getting anywhere because, duh, I have GPS on my phone. I pay bills from my phone, make reservations from my phone, capture special moments on my phone and do everything else I need to survive… on my phone. So when I heard a Google Glass Explorer describe the silly cyborg-looking glasses as “your cellphone on your head” I was interested. If you’ve never heard of Google Glass, watch this.
In February Google launched its Glass Explorer program. They sought “bold and creative individuals” to test Glass. It wasn’t cheap. If you were chosen you had to travel to one of three cities and pick up Google Glass for $1500. It’s now been over three months since the Glass Explorers have been out and about talking to their glasses, giving it commands that must always start with “Ok Glass…” It’s very sci-fi.
On Glass you can read your e-mail, receive news alerts, get directions, send and receive messages. If you pair it to your phone you can use it as a Bluetooth headset. It really IS having your phone attached to your head. This seems like it could be a productive tool for many multi-taskers including those road warriors, normally sales reps who are always on the go, that is if they can get used to the weird-looking specs.
But Glass is also raising some concerns. U.S. Congressman Joe Barton out of Texas says there ought to be a way to alert people they may be on camera. This week a Google Glass Explorer recorded someone getting arrested on his specs.
“Google Glass is a wearable device that, especially at night and in a crowd, might just look like a pair of fashion eyeglasses,” Explorer Chris Barrett told VentureBeat. “It means that video capture-surveillance, if you will-is easier than ever.” Barrett is a filmmaker; perhaps that’s why he stuck around to witness a fight and get some action shots?
Me, personally, I just want a hands free device that I can verbally command without having to repeat myself five times… Siri.
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