The beginning of game-changing technologies are almost always marked by triviality before transformation. The internet has been covered with ideas and concept images which all focus on Glass’s key feature of over layering information on to your sight. though as we know from todays apps markets this is only the beginning. Its little reminiscent of computers being initially perceived as slide rules or iPhones as portable gaming consoles as thats how they were perceived by the general public not has useful devices to help you get things done but thats the nature of evolution of this ideas we all have to start with basic 1.0 ideas but now we really don’t need publish them. I will always remember my first app on my kinda hacked N95 – when everyone discovered that there was a few extras chips inside which hadn’t been talked about, letting you activate the gyroscope and so install an app which moves a small ball when you move the device horizontally or vertically.
Google Glass takes this idea one step further, to remove yet another layer between humans and computers and who knows what’ll happen when we remove another layer. Maybe the next step is to remove the device and place everything in the contact lens and then us the eye as the ultimate lens and download the image and videos via some sort of biotec I/O. What transformation can we expect when users can access the same technology they’ve always been using, but while simultaneously doing something important with both hands?
Over the last few years, the touch interface revolution has given us the method to simplify how we achieve tasks and get results. Though some would say touch keyboards are a step to side at the moments even myself find them good but not better than a keyboard but I digress the main point is that people spend less time learning and more time doing and there is no need to bring a mouse.
Since I was reading about all the developments of Glass it got me thinking how I could use it whilst travelling here in Latin America where most backpackers play a balancing act of looking poor enough in hope of getting attacked but we all needing information to help us travel and stay safe. Since pulling out a smart phone with a large apple logo is never a good idea in places like Quito, Guatemala city and other places it got me thinking is having more natural looking set of a glasses a better idea but soon enough if Glasses are the next input method everyone is going to recognise someone weathering $1500 device on their face. This reminds me on my bluetooth headset with big flashing blue light to let users know that it was connected but its also let everyone else know you had some sort of smartphone and expensive headphones on you. Both function great as devices but little has been thought of about security of the user.
Smartphone for myself dont work for a backpacker too many issues with phone costs its just easier to use Skype but what about Glasses, id wear them as a replacement of tablet as you could watch films on them, use Skype on them and also i can imagine using maps has i would be compass and face the direction. no more guessing which direction the town centre is or finding me other solutions when plans don’t work out of of bus stations have moved or something like this but i still think you’ll more of a target and just talking to people and asking for information might be more useful than relaying on a device in developing countries…
Travellers could soon start moving away from being “mobile-savvy” to “glass-savvy”. That paradigm shift is not so far but this would only work for travellers with 4G or local wifi connections but they are pretty much everywhere.
just a last note on the feeling from the websites i read. It seem that developers are fascinated with Glass and other wearable devices but from what everyone is saying its an eco system is still a buggy, crash-prone prototype one it’s inspiring imaginations enough that I can see a nascent ecosystem growing around it long before the first consumer devices ship but the big question is will it a humble pair of glasses that will inspire the next eco system or will it be something else or just a evolution of our smartphones. Let see.