Three hopes for Google Glass

Posted on 08/03/2013


Google Glass - the glasses / hardwear themselves

Woops, almost forgot to post this week. It’s been like any other (i.e. busy), but for some reason I’ve not had time to digest my usual diet of videos and media stories. Instead of staying topical, I’m hung up on a headline from two weeks ago.

Google finally took the first step in launching their Google Glass initiative with a series of first-person demo videos and a competition for US residents to become a Google “Explorer” (one of the first people to own and demo Google Glass). For a company that likes to make April Fools Day announcements, I was kinda surprise that the project turned out to be real anyway.

So here we are. It’s exciting, and for me more so than Apple iWatch. For years, Apple’s products have taken on the appearance of an evolving iPod – first transformed into phone, then a tablet and not a watch. There aren’t many more mass market applications of a small screen, so I’m curious to see what they try with their next but 1 product iteration.

Glass seems different – I think it could mark the start of something new. Here are my three hopes for Google Glass:

1) Accessible

In the sense of website accessibility: usable and available to all people of whatever ability and background.

As it stands the project is limited to early-adopter, US residents who can afford the $1500 price tag, about the same as a snazzy new laptop. I hope this is just the launch stage; I’d like to see it available worldwide and the price lower to give as many people access to the tech. The last thing the world needs is more elitist technology only available in certain countries.

2) Technology we can talk to

Siri was fun for a while but I don’t know of anyone who regularly still uses it (maybe that’s because of my age??). With no keyboard or screen, Glass will make us better at talking to technology. It needs both our patience as well as faster connection speeds to work effectively.

3) Breaking out of screens

We’re starting to realised that we live in a multi-screen world, and that by making these screens work together, could “possibly” make our lives easier and more entertaining. Glass is one step on from all this.

I’ve talked before about the need for interfaces to break out of screens and start existing in and on the world around us. Cutting edge design agencies like BERG have been looking into this for several years and now finally Glass is doing this like never before. This is not the awkward smartphone augmented reality that we’re familiar with, it’s a real, and hopefully seamless integration of data into our everyday.

Glass is coming, and it could be epic.