What is Project Glass?
Project Glass was started in the mid 2000s as a new way to make technology more relatable with the world. The design uses an augmented reality head-mounted display that merges features commonly found on phones and computer devices. The goal of project glass is to bring these technology features into the real world and use technology instantaneously to understand and interact with the modern world. As of 2013, several different prototypes of the glasses have been manufactured, and the hype for the product is great. The first commercial release date for the glasses is set for some time in 2014, with a current price point of around $1,200 USD.
Current development and use
While various versions of the glasses have had different features, the current design is set and will likely keep the same features until the initial commercial release. Current features of the glasses are still kept secret, but it is expected that the glasses will provide a variety of interesting and useful features. Users will be able to use the glasses to perform functions like, display maps and read directions, connect the device to their phones for seamless interaction between the phone and reality, display relevant information about a building or object that you are looking at, and provide a variety of other functions. Currently, the glasses are expected to use the 4G mobile Internet speed and the Android operating system.
The glasses of the future
If you have seen Google’s Project Glass introductory video, then you can get a feel for what the company hopes to accomplish with the glasses. The first design for the glasses are unlikely to have all of the features included in the video, but the main goal of the project is to seamlessly merge technology and reality in a way that has previously proven impossible.
The future for Project Glass
Within 10 years, Project Glass could easily take over the entire technology market. This technology is completely new and different from current technologies. If the idea catches on and development continues, it is likely that hands-free technology will soon replace mobile devices, iPads, smartphones, and even computers. The glass could also be integrated into other devices, like vehicle windshields, for even more technology integration.
While the future of Project Glass is still unknown, such exciting changes in the world of technology are sure to bring new developments and useful products into the world. With a huge research budget and the backing of Google, it is unlikely that the glasses will fail to catch on unless major issues abound with the hardware or included software.
Guest post by contributing author Richard O., written on behalf of Lenses Online, a New Zealand based online contact lens store. Make sure to check out his other rants at http://twitter.com/richardorban