Looks like many people will start wearing glasses soon. Not because their eye sight is deteriorating, not because the baby boomers are getting older, not because lasik surgery has been discontinued but because we will be able to use sunglasses now instead of our smartphones. What? I am just getting the hang of this smartphone thing and I can already move on. Not totally, but once you read this, you might say, COOL, I need a pair of those.
In an article published in the New York Times recently, people who constantly check a smartphone for bits of information will soon be able to retrieve most of that information from a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time. The glasses will use an Android-based operating system and look like a pair of Oakley Thumps.
The glasses will have a low-resolution built-in camera that will be able to monitor the world in real time and overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends who might be nearby. The glasses are not designed to be worn constantly,but will be more like smartphones, used when needed. The glasses would tap into a number of Google software products that are currently available, but will display the information in an augmented reality view, rather than as a Web browser page like those that people see on smartphones.
Apparently Apple is working on a product as well.
I wear my sunglasses at night So I can so I can Watch you live and breathe your story lines
(And) I wear my sunglasses at night So I can so I can Keep track of the visions in my eyes
While she’s deceiving me It cuts my security (has) She got control of me I turn to her and say
Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh no Don’t masquerade with the guy in shades,
oh no I can’t believe it You got it made with the guy in shades, oh no
(And) I wear my sunglasses at night So I can so I can Forget my name while you collect your claim
And I wear my sunglasses at night So I can so I can See the light that’s right before my eyes
Sunglasses at Night – Corey Hart
The glasses will have a unique navigation system, one that uses your head to scroll and click. They will send data to the cloud and use things like Google Latitude to share location, Google Goggles to search images and figure out what is being looked at, and Google Maps to show other things nearby. Privacy hounds will have a field day with this one. Now they are going to track whatever we look at. Gentlemen, this could be a real issue.
So get ready for the next thing everyone. Soon you will see everyone in glasses rolling their heads in all sorts of new ways to scroll and click. I wonder what will happen when you roll your eyes? 🙂