What do you get when you cross a head screen and glasses? Google Glasses of course!
You don’t have to look around for rumors about this and the upcoming next generation mobile product. The question is, is it all hype? Or are Google Glasses the next big thing next to sliced bread and those little tabs at the end of your shoelaces? Well, we’ve decided to bring two of our best contributors together in a discussion about whether Google Glasses is truly the next huge technology that will break down barriers and inspire innovation. On the one hand, we have Matt Hughes, who is ready to start wearing a pair of Google glasses today, and on the other hand, we have Justin Pot, who feels that perhaps there is too much hype going on around this new product.
Join us as Justin and Matt meet in a debate about whether Google Glass will be the next big thing to change the world of technology and mobile apps.
Matt Hughes — I’ll be first in line for Google Glass
Thirty seconds is not a huge amount of time. In thirty seconds you can listen opus Napalm of Death You suffer” 22.8 times. Roger Bannister ran the 1/8 mile in thirty seconds. Mal Mening’s political career lasted less than thirty seconds. And in thirty seconds, I was convinced that the future of computers is Google Glass.
Strong words? May be. Since Google Glass was announced last year, it has drawn a lot of skepticism and ridicule, and the epithet «glass hole» has been coined to describe users of Mountain View’s latest augmented reality experiment. It also drew a lot of admiration as Time magazine named it one of the best inventions of 2012.
I was lucky enough to try Google Glass recently. In just thirty seconds, I got a review that this is an elusive (and expensive) product. It took me thirty seconds to be overwhelmed with what he can do and what he represents for the future of consumer technology.
Using Google Glass is a very sensory experience; you put him on the bridge of your nose and walk away, giving him commands as if you were Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the Enterprise. A small screen (smaller than a postage stamp) is conveniently placed within your line of sight, showing directions, translations and the like. It is important to emphasize that this does not seem intrusive. Although it is noticeable there, it does not prevent you from perceiving the world around you.
Google is pretty good at speech recognition and human language processing, and Google Glass is proof of that. Want to know where the nearest McDonald’s is? Just ask. Are you wondering how old Barack Obama is? It will tell you. Met a nice girl but she doesn’t speak your language? The glass covered you there.
I am usually quite reserved to jump on any footrests. Throughout the history of consumer technology, there have been far too many products that have been overhyped and ended up being huge disappointments. Anyone remember the Blackberry Storm? And yet, for Google Glass, I leave my conservatism at the door. I’m ready to get excited for this as Google brings information consumption right to the eyeball. After the iPad and smartphones, this looks like a logical step forward. I can’t wait for it to get a general release, and when it does, I’m pretty sure I’ll be first in line for it.
Justin Pot — Google Glass doesn’t really solve anything
January 9, 2007 is the day Steve Jobs unveiled the device that would redefine the mobile market: the iPhone. Some argue that the release of Google Glass to the public will be like this.
I’m not sure.
The iPhone was not a completely new invention: it was an improvement that used thoughtful design to make existing technology more useful. It can be argued that the iPhone owes a lot to the device released earlier, on March 10, 1997.
If you don’t recognize this date, you can be excused because the device it launched today is a footnote: Palm Pilot. It was the forerunner of the modern smartphone, offering everything from a to-do list to a calendar to simple games.
But Palm never caught on. Simply put, it did not solve any problems — even if the owners tried to invent them. They refined the device by inventing the problems it was the answer to. It was funny, but most users admit that they don’t actually use their Palm very much.