Google’s Project Glass may or may not be The Next Big Thing, but Google co-founder Sergey Brin reckons the futuristic glasses will be way more social than our beloved smartphones.
While dealing with tasks on your smartphone invariably necessitates neglecting those around you to some extent, Project Glass will project stuff right into your eyeball while you’re chatting to people. Perfect, see? Ahem.
I can see the appeal of augmented reality elements like directions and landmarks, but I’m not convinced that Project Glass is the way I’d choose to deal with emails. I don’t much fancy composing replies out loud, for examples. "Dear Jan, I write to you today..."
However, don’t listen to me; I’m old and stuck in my ways. Listen instead to Sergey Brin; he’s rich, so he probably knows what he’s talking about.
At some sort of conference, Serge crooned: "In addition to potentially socially isolating yourself when you are out and about using your phone, I feel it is kind of emasculating.
"That is why we put the [Google Glass] display up high, out of the line of sight. If I wore a ball cap, the display would be on the brim and not where you are looking, and sound goes through bones in the cranium, which is a little freaky at first, but you get used to it."
Are you sold? Developer pre-orders were going for $1,500, but Project Glass price is expected to drop a fair bit prior to retail.
The glasses are tipped to hit shelves before the end of the year, however related rumours of Apple-style Google Stores were kiboshed at Mobile World Congress last week.
via: Expert Reviews