Google Glass: augmented reality could be seen in the not so far away future
With Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’ currently back on our screens and showcasing a satirical possibility of technology in the future, the Google Glass project brings some of the ideas of the show to current day life.
Wearable computing is not a new idea and many projects have started but it is likely tech giants Google will be the first name to hit the shelves, with a current release date of 2014 and a price tag expected to be similar to a smart phone (£500). The Google Glass takes form as a lightweight headpiece, with a small screen of transparent LCD or AMOLED showcasing incoming messages, video calls and much more. The battery will be hidden with the frame and has a built-in camera and GPS so that your surroundings can be scanned and used to give you further information. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will keep the hardware connected to the web and headphones are not likely to be used; instead bone-induction likely, which is when your skull is vibrated to communicate the sound into your inner ear. Head tilting will be used as a control over the transparent screen, so there will be no need to connect it to your mobile phone as an add on.
There are many who are not sold on the idea, with worries of constant advertising quite literally in your face, and a distraction from everyday life. For others, it’s one step closer to living the cyborg dream and with a release date set, it would appear this is more than just a concept. For an idea of what Google expect to achieve, check out the video below.