How does Google Glass affect web design

Google Glass - Dead End or Revolution?

Google Glass - the glasses that Google has been making a fuss about for years. Which, according to technology enthusiasts, is on the same revolutionary level as the iPad or the Iphone.

Reason enough to take a closer look at it.

The concept

The concept behind Google Glass is "Augmented Reality", which must be strictly separated from "Virtual Reality". The latter refers to a virtual reality in which one immerses and interacts with the help of various gadgets such as special gloves or, more recently, with the Oculus Rift data glasses. Thought through to the end, we end up with the philosophical mind game “Brain in the Tank” and the film Matrix. Eventually the lines between “virtual reality” and “reality” disappear as our brain is somehow just a better Oculus Rift.

Augmented Reality, on the other hand, describes the expansion of the perception of normal reality through technology. Cartography is a very rudimentary type of Augmented Reality - instead of relying on the very limited horizon of your own sensory perception, you have expanded information about the environment with a map. When doctor John Snow drew the cholera cases occurring in London on a map in 1854, he discovered a clear pattern: the first cholera cases all occurred around a water pump. This was actually the origin of the epidemic.

As a rule, the above examples do not fall under a strict definition of augmented reality because there is no interactive element.

You can do this with Google Glass, for example with the voice command “Ok Glass”, with which the software is started, or with the video recording function, which is controversially discussed. Because of this feature, Google Glass is banned in some countries, as such a camera can lead to privacy violations. However, there is already one porn film made with Google Glass (the link does not lead to the film!). What makes augmented reality so exciting is the enrichment of what is seen with information: if I see a building, Google Glass can theoretically project data about this building directly onto the glass. In theory, the same applies to people: if Google Glass detects a face, I can do a Google image search directly.

However, despite the immense PR campaigns, data glasses are not really popular yet. A survey shows that most people don't wear glasses because of privacy or price issues Not would buy - but because they are simply not interested in it.

Well, I'm sure there were similar results with the introduction of the automobile.

After all, there is already a new design of the glasses that should probably follow the hipster trend:

You can find the patent here: Patent No .: US D710,928 S

The camera is no longer visible, the hardware is so well hidden that it is almost invisible.

Why Google Glass won't catch on

Nevertheless, in my opinion these glasses will not go down well either. It's just not normal to walk around wearing glasses when you don't need them.

It gets really interesting when the technology is built into contact lenses. Oh well, that already exists. The miniseries “Black Mirror” played out what that could look like in reality in the first season, third episode, “The Entire History Of You”:

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If you can, you should definitely watch this series, absolutely recommendable!

Why Google Glass will prevail - Update from November 3rd, 2014

As the googlewatchblog reports, Google has a patent for a mini projector that enables content on the display of the data glasses to be projected onto a suitable surface. That would be a first-class upgrade: Instead of the pure ego-relatedness of the data glasses, this function provides a social component. And as we all know, digital technologies prevail best when you can act in multiplayer. Nobody wants to take off glasses and put them on someone else when they have found information that is worth sharing. Projecting the information onto a surface so that everyone can see it is obviously more practical.

The mini-projector is not yet capable of 3D display as in Star Wars, but it is only a matter of time before this technology is ready for mass use. With a 2D projection, Google Glass will turn from a gimmick into a useful and sought-after gadget that even has the potential to replace the smartphone.

What do you think of Google Glass? PR gag, the future or a dead end?