So Google showed off Glass for the first time when Sergey Brin interrupted a talk to show off what Glass can do which you can see below. I thought it was an epic way to unveil a project we have heard about for the last few months since the first trailer of it showed up on Google’s YouTube channel. I think the technology is amazing but there is a level of creepiness that is hard to get over. Plus I wonder if the technology is located in the unit and it being so close to your head may have its own issues. Not sure I want all those radio waves piercing my brain, that would not be good.
Wearable technology seems to be the next great leap although I think wearable technology makes more sense for security, police and industry first, the rest of us it will be a much slower uptake because of the issues that wearable technology implies. Google Glass will be available to attendees of Google I/O 2012 for $1,500 and will ship early next year. I expect that commercial deployment will take place a year or two later. I wonder if Glass uses 3G or LTE or could it partner with your Android device in a future iteration.
The tech looks cool but it’s social implications will be messy no matter what, that is something we just have to brace ourselves for. I can’t wait to see more of glass and for the videos of explorer editions to appear next year, that will be too much fun. I can actually see this type of device being useful for journalists who are in the field a lot to help with coverage. More than that I know people will find all sorts of uses for it that we can’t even think of yet and those will be the ones that are the most exciting.
Here is a video of Sergey talking about how they pulled everything you see in the first video off. So much awesome in these 2 videos. Google for the win in the biggest blow out for a product reveal.