Google Glass: geeky eye glasses or a new fashion trend?

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Imagine yourself immerse in a world where your eye glasses are enhanced using computerize technology. This may make you as cool as Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next Generation, or Cyclop’s from X-Men. The advantages of these special glasses is that information would enter directly to your retina, which would be far more efficient than looking for it on your tablet or terminal.

Think of the possibilities that open with this invention,  the ability to store, stream text and media information directly to your retina to taking photographs of important key items with notes on them. Hence, as the technology of these glasses enhance of the years, they may add other interesting features such as night vision, holographic  and infrared functionality. These glasses can be tailored to the specific job the user is employed as from military, agent, detective, police, firefighter, and everyday casual use. Heavy rain, a PlayStation 3 game developed by Quantic Dream has a few scene that describes what this future may look like. One of the characters, specifically  Norman Jayden, who is a FBI profile that processes a specialize computerize technology glasses called “Added reality interface” that helps him on his investigations.

When will see Heavy Rain’s “Added Reality Interface” technology in our world? There hasn’t been much large development in such areas until lately when Google has announce Google Glass to be launch in some time in Q4 of 2013, perhaps that era is just a few years away.  Now you might be wondering what is Google Glass?  At first it sounds like Google glass is an attempt to reinvent the glasses — what those 4-eyes geeks wear everyday, and make them trendy. It turns out that Google glass sits on top of your glasses. So if you wear glasses they will be calling you a 5-eye greak , and if you don’t wear glasses at all, you’d be a 3-eye greak.

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All jokes a side, it actually looks kind of cool as a futuristic accessory. Not only is it there for flare, they make it quite useful. Google glass will feature a Heads Up Display (HUD) that can be seen when worn. The display will sit on either the top left or right side of your field of vision and can preform some interesting tasks via voice recognition – the same technology feature to bring Google now. You can see your notifications instead of taking out another device to view it; thus, the latest information travels straight to your retina which is far more efficient than smart phones and tablets. Isn’t this “true retina display”? Yes, but I am afraid the term has already been trademarked. It has a camera so that you can capture your day and share them with your friends.There might not be any feature that can create a optic-blast anytime soon though or perhaps some rogue may consider it for the next revision.

This is a rather large step forward for Google, because they are the first to set glass in this territory. It would be interesting to see how this product is perceive on launch date, and how the market reacts as it is only at the introductory level in the product life cycle. Will there be any other company who dares challenge Google in this new market?

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Final pricing details about this product is still a mystery; however, 8,000 people were invited by Google to try it out with a hefty price of $1,500. plus they have to fly to New York to pick it up. If you receive the chance to pick one up, you may think it’s quite a large sum of money to pay; however, you get next generation technology and some cool looking glass. Plus, there will be a huge initial demand for it on the underground market before its final release on ebay as new innovative products such as these are what technology enthusiasts would love to have.

There are only a few issues that Google would have to overcome with this product. For one, there may be privacy issues with people recording or taking still images of people without consent. It might become the ultimate stalking device which may cause people to stay away from those who have them. Secondly, the glasses seem to work only with voice recognition. How well would it preform in a noisy environment? Its will be interesting to see how Google addresses these issues as it goes on sale later this year, and as the product matures, we’ll see where the product will evolve into next.  So the question is, will this technology evolve into that anticipated “Added reality interface” from the PS3 game Heavy Rain?