Google X’s Project Glass is REAL!
We’ve all heard the rumors that the Google’s secret ‘Google X‘ laboratory has been working on projects such as talking fridges, space elevators, and ‘hands free‘ cars. Recently one of it’s newer projects was revealed on co-founder Sergey Brin when he wore Project Glass glasses at a charity event for blindness in San Francisco according to this Fox News article and BBC article.
The new glasses have a minimalist design with a microphone and partly-transparent video screen that places information over the view from the users’ right eye. In Google’s promotional video, it shows how the interface can be used by the wearer to connect them to updates, calendar, internet, and Google Maps to help them make it throughout the day.
This is a really interesting piece of technology, one that is likely to change the world as we know it yet again like so many other technologies before it. It also raises some concerns the public have about the use of this technology. Should people be allowed to wear the glasses while driving? Will it make cheating in schools more prevalent? Does it violate any privacy rights if someone were to bring up the Facebook and Twitter page of the person sitting next to them on the metro?
Some people also fear that if we allow this type of technology, inserting chips into our brains to be ‘connected’ to the outside world and internet won’t be far off.
What do you think about Google’s new project? Are some of the public feedback and claims founded or are they needlessly fearful and over exaggerated?
If you’re interested in seeing Google’s promotional video about Project Glass, click here. I highly recommend it, it’s pretty interesting!