Google’s Project Glass – Future or Present?

Google has revealed a project that has a concept of a pair of eye-glasses to feed information to a user. It’s interesting but IMHO lacks some obvious features:

  • It’s asymmetric. Symmetry is high on the list of features that makes anything beautiful to humans. The “screen” is a semi-transparent rectangle in the field of view of the right eye. This will probably affect the mass-balance of the gadget making it obtrusive.
  • It requires some learning. That is humans have strong eyes and weak eyes so something feeding into one eye may take a while to mix. It would be much more natural if both eyes could see the same information. This may not be a problem for simpler information like text. I could see this causing severe eye-strain. Lining up images for both eyes would likely require some controls and would increase the cost and complexity of the device.
  • What would people who normally wear eye-glasses, as I, do? I suppose a prescription lens could be fitted.

The idea is cute and may eventually be ready but it is a bit limited as I see it.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Google’s Project Glass – Future or Present?

  1. Phenom says:

    I know you are an avid fan of Russia, Vladimir Putin and the Victory of Linux there, Mr. Pogson. That is why here is how Russians see Google Glass:
    http://ru.fishki.net/picsw/042012/06/pics/pics-091.jpg

    Translation, top from bottom, left to right:
    1. Post office closed. Missy Lena is drinking tea.
    2. No one can tell you what the weather forcast is. (Rough translation, almost not translatable)
    3. Vasek and Kolya are waiting for you behind the corner. Danger level – 98%.
    4. Buy potatoes.
    5. SMS from wife: where are you loitering, you ass?
    6. Missed call from life.
    7. Pond depth – 90 cm.

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