Google Glasses could be like wearing an iPhone in front of your eyes. The sci-fi look could be “in” by the end of this year if the technology is released and catches on. Gizmodo says that the Google team in charge of the prototype has “opened it up to the public to solicit ideas about what people actually want from a set of augmented reality specs.” The following video shows what this “reality” will actually look like.
These glasses allow for hands-free conversation and information search, but the question is, are they socially acceptable and safe? Distractions are inevitable in local conversations and could endanger drivers. In addition, people don’t like to talk sometimes, and the glasses respond to verbal commands. On top of that, surrounding people could get confused and think a user is talking to them.
These glasses are not much different than having the internet or apps on mobile phones. The main difference is that they provide hands-free access to information. Google glasses exemplify convergence with their ability to take photos, create reminders, and talk to others via text or video. While they would make life easier, they could be even more distracting than cell phones posing problems for drivers. Not to mention, users must wear them. The long-awaited future of wearable augmented reality has come.