It’s almost been a year since Google announced “Project Glass” and we still can’t buy it. In what seems to be very Apple-esque, Google won’t tell us when it will be available but they did take $1,500 deposits last year. Last month, Google hacked our imaginations when #ifihadglass was trending with users vying for a chance to get a pair. Yesterday, Project Glass revealed that yes, the glasses will also come in prescription form. The tease.
So we know what’s next (they have to release it at some point), but what’s REALLY next?
People are going to see the world in a completely different way. Although some applications use your current location to determine what you might be interested in (ranging from restaurants to dates), this goes beyond that, it’s already in your field of vision. It’s effortless.
The elephant in the room is privacy. After intense public outrage after privacy policies were changed on Facebook and Instagram, there is going to be some discomfort when people are recording everything they do. In fact, some places are banning Google Glass as if it were an unfavorable habit.
I have to congratulate Google. Not only did they try to make us convince ourselves that we want, and maybe need, these glasses with a simple hashtag but they’re charging ahead with Mobile 3.0 in a completely new manner. Wifi compatible, Glass could become the new tablet with context-aware notifications – who you are, where you are, where you’re going and everything in between determines what you see. You just have to ask.
But the lines in front of the Google stores haven’t started yet. As Google stated:
“It is still very early days for Glass, and we expect that as with other new technologies, such as cell phones, behaviors and social norms will develop over time.”
See you then.