While sum practical existence goggles might shortly enter a mainstream, interjection to Facebook’s merger of Oculus Rift, it’s augmented reality glasses—which place digital images and information over genuine life objects directly in front of your eyeballs—that could one day truly integrate with your daily life. Virtual existence would concede we to shun your disciplined life; protracted existence promises to enrich it, instead.
Google Glass and other intelligent eyewear was a prohibited subject during Augmented World Expo: New York on Mar 25. But even in a room full of protracted existence enthusiasts—many sporting Google Glass or a competing product—the throng seemed distant from certain that Glass would be widely used.
Here are some questions that need responding before a destiny of eye wearables is secure:
1. Will wearing a mechanism on your face ever be socially acceptable?
It’s probable that Google Glass will go from being a standing pitch (though one with a lot of disastrous connotations) to a entire personal tool, as a cellphone has. Dan Cui, a VP of business growth during Google Glass aspirant Vuzix, argued during a expo that face computers will indeed urge a amicable graces.
“This is opening us adult to a truly healthy interface,” he said. “It’s a finish of looking down during your phone as we walk. You’ll be looking right out during a universe and interacting with it. Looking down during a keyboard and shade will substantially seem unequivocally ungainly to us in a few years.”
But how fast will we adjust to dividing a courtesy to a peers and a screens between us?
2. Will wearing a mechanism on your face ever be fashionable?
When usually a handful in the assembly seemed eager to wear a Google Glass-like product on their faces each day, Cui indicted a room of “just being vain.” Blaming self-centredness for any hostility to put Google Glass on might be a tad simplistic, though a ungainly coming is certainly a separator for many people. Still, as Cui went on to indicate out, even swinging headphone cords have managed to spin fashionable.
Attempts to insert Google Glass into a universe of high fashion uncover that a association understands that this plea exists, though overcoming it will be another matter. We’re picky about what tech we put on or near our faces: While headphones have spin a consistent appendage for some, Bluetooth headsets never utterly took off.
3. What should your face mechanism even demeanour like?
An apparent approach to hoop a prior doubt is to try to make Google Glass demeanour some-more like unchanging “dumb” glasses. But while a hardware compulsory to spin your eyeglasses into a mechanism has gotten most smaller in new years, it’s still too large to fit seamlessly into a span of standard specs. Google recently announced that a vintage-inspired eyewear brand Warby Parker would design a few frames for Google Glass, and have given announced identical partnerships with Ray-Ban and Oakley, renouned sunglass brands owned by Luxottica SpA. But it looks like these will usually be normal eyeglasses with a hardware tacked on, that somehow seems even some-more ungainly than a original:
We’re saying a same emanate in smartwatches, Attempts to make a “more fashionable” indication outcome in different-but-equally-awkward watches that don’t unequivocally interest to early adopters or fashionistas.
4. How most can your face mechanism do for you?
Google Glass is a new product: Its functions will usually multiply. But as Google Glass Explorer Allen Firstenberg pronounced during his Expo presentation, wearables are unequivocally usually extra gadgets. They don’t do anything new; they usually do it somewhat some-more conveniently. “I use a camera on my Google Glass as a backup memory,” Firstenberg said, explaining that he snaps pictures of things he never would have worried to lift his phone out for. ”I can do it fast and pierce on quickly.”
But with a cost of Glass unlikely to drop underneath $500 in 2014, it’s value seeking how many consumers will indeed bombard out for that convenience.