project glass Google Glass: Wearable Techs Killer App?

Maybe you’ve heard about Google Glass, interactive, voice-controlled  “augmented reality smart glasses.” We covered it here and here. It sounds far out, but in a blog post written for GigaOM, Mindshare’s Paul Armstrong says that, at least for media companies, Google Glass is going to “change everything.” That’s surely an overstatement, but it’s easy to imagine where this wearable technology might take us.

Plainly speaking, this is the first piece of tech I have seen in a long time that has the potential to truly change everything. Forget tablets, forget smartphones, the technology behind Glass is not an extension of you, it literally becomes part of you.

He goes on:

This is the ultimate device that can not only benefit from contextual information but also demonstrated behavior, such as time of reading, likes, dislikes and so on. The system will quickly pick up on those variables (among many others) and soon enough take care of it automatically: no need anymore for RSS feeds, no circling, no preferences. Just read as you normally would, and it will get smarter and more precise and better at predicting your needs and wants. This fixes my main issues with the way we get news today, which still requires too much input from the user; instead Glass just gets out of the way.

Will this be wearable technology’s long sought-after killer app?

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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