Imagine if the information you'd normally look down at your smartphone to see simply appeared before your very eyes, on command, based on where you were at any given moment.
The folks at Google imagined it, turned it into a prototype, and launched an opinion-seeking campaign called Project Glass.
The "project," as it turns out, is a pair of glasses. Check out this video to see how it would work:
The concept is reminiscent of fantasy technology found in movies like Minority Report or the Terminator franchise, but it's actually plausible. As you go about your day, you can cue up information with voice commands, as well as let information find you based on your location and social connections. You can also conduct video chats, take photos and check in to locations, among other functions.
Google Plus users who have commented on the video bring up a number of interesting questions and implications for the technology (in addition to asking if this is all just a late April Fool's joke). One commenter suggests the technology would greatly help people working in emergency services by letting them access crucial information hands-free while they work on patients. Another thinks of the over-50 crowd and asks if the technology would be adjusted based on a user's eyesight.
Of course, others bring up valid yet decidedly less positive points, such as what these glasses mean for our level of privacy, as well as how the glasses themselves look (some people think they look cool, others long for more style choices). We also wonder if a nano-version would be available for those of us who like to wear contacts.
We'll give Google this: Project Glass is certainly a very innovative idea, and an interesting direction to suggest for the future of the mobile market. Whether they can make these glasses as second-nature to people as smartphones remains to be seen.
What do you think? Would you try out this technology?