Hello SmartGlasses from Google and Olympus
Not so long back Google announced their future of SmartGlasses, this was swiftly followed by the huge Japanese camera maker, Olympus announcing their entry in the marketplace. So is this, as some predict, the end of conventional gadgetry or just another phase of gadget development. True enough, the invention does have the ability to make a lot of tech redundant overnight as it could replace MP3 players, phones, camera, augmented reality applications, SatNav, email, video and a whole load of other stuff.
It does have some issues and social acceptance could well be a major one. Most people act differently when on camera so the idea that everyone you meet is on camera could produce some disturbing results. Famously, the inventor of HDR was attacked when out and about due to him wearing such a device.
This presents an interesting opportunity for the web, far less space but a whole plethora of audio opportunities. Mmmm, Siri for Glasses anyone? All we need is for Apple to produce the hardware, it would probably be much cooler.
Google are looking to launch with a $1,500 price tag so if you want to want to know more pop over to Google’s Project Glass space. It’s worth it just for the videos alone.