Monday, 16 April 2012

Project Glass by Google

This is a video demonstration made by Google X Lab, who is working behind a new research project called "Project Glass". The basic idea is that this "Glass" can be overlaid with different information, from Maps, Instant Messages, to even GPS location services and so on. With this glass on, you can use it like how we use the Smart Phones these days, going onto social networks, sending messages, sharing photos, and a lot more, only this time you can see-through it and it would react to the environment. As our technology moves from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, where it is more about the integration of software and hardware, as well as its integration with the reality, such project is in a sense predicting what the world would be like in the future.

"Project Glass", according to Google, would feature a tailored Android operation system, with camera and internet connection antenna on it. In the video, it is shown that the man wearing the glass uses it to check weather, chat with friends, make appointments, and even share video to another friend in real time. All of these look pretty clean and slick, and very hi-tech too, but the Project is not without criticism.

In one article by (link), it is noted that the "Glass" would be potentially dangerous if it is used when driving a car, and the street-view feature would be pretty useless as signs and building names can be easily seen in real life. Also, a parodied version of the above video (see below) actually depicted how a real "Project Glass" might work like -- full of advertisements! Which is very true, as Google ultimately is a advertising company.

It would be very interesting to see how this Project and the Augmented Reality technology would evolve, and how people would react to it in real life. 

Posted by Samuel Ip

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