Google’s “Project Glass”: Is Augmented Reality The Next Step?

That’s it folks – we live in the future.

In case you have not heard, Google just made their official announcement about Project Glass – augmented reality eyewear.

This is definitely still an “in-development” concept, and it is unclear how far Google has come along in their prototype designs, but nevertheless this will certainly be on everyone’s radar as updates progress!

Check out the video:

Personally, I’m not too sure how I feel about this.

For starters, have a look at the design of the glasses themselves. Not the most stylish accessory out there (especially when you consider the mammoth price these will undoubtedly cost).

You know we are living in the future when gadget designs are getting their inspiration from the X-men.

Thankfully optical blast technology is also in development at Google HQ.

But more importantly, I must admit that the idea of augmented reality is still quite frightening to me. The image of people (perhaps my friends and family) walking around town, while unbeknownst to the public they are reading text messages, connecting to social networks, and taking photographs – it does not sit well.

Just consider the photograph concept alone. These glasses would allow for anyone to take a picture of you without you even having the slightest clue! Yes, that technology already exists – but not in the mainstream culture that is Google. Not trying to sound paranoid here – but the thought is pretty dang creepy.

And true, these “Google glasses” will be easy to spot out in public – but will that always be the case? What if augmented reality eyewear developers decide to redesign the technology to resemble that of more “traditional” glasses? How would you be certain what people around you are seeing? Reality, or augmented reality? Is your friend or loved one really listening to you as they look you in the eye  – or are they actually checking their email?

I can only hope these scenarios don’t come to fruition. We have already made quite a number of sacrifices for the good of technological innovation – privacy being at the top of the list.

Let’s not make reality our next victim.

What are your thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Google’s “Project Glass”: Is Augmented Reality The Next Step?

  1. Food for thought. It would be a bit like everyone living the down side of celebrity – being constantly under scrutiny – without the large pay checks. The potential implications for law enforcement and advertising are worrying, if not terrifying.

    It’s a cool technology, though. Would quickly lead to a universal translator, as speech recognition will probably improve before the AR goggles get to market. That on its own would be a game changer.

    • Wow, great point about universal speech translation Tony! Hadn’t even considered it! That would indeed be a game changer 🙂

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