As updates continue to emerge about the elusive Google Glass, the wearable next-generation of technology, questions are developing about the future of mobile devices and its implications for society.
Throughout the past months, the revolutionary new device has remained a mystery until its recent delivery to a select group of developers that have pre-ordered their devices at the price of $1,500.
The original response has been mixed– while many believe that this device will allow Google to enter the next phase of the computing and mobile technology industry holding the lead, others are still skeptical of the device’s capabilities and its imminent success.
Due to the early stages of development, Google has taken an unprecedented turn, and like Apple, has placed serious restrictions on developers with regard to app development. According to a New York Times blog post, developer Frank Carey of New Paltz, NY, believes that the controls in place give Google “a lot of control over the experience”, and he expresses his hopes that Google makes Glass “as open as possible so that we [developers] can really test the limits of what this type of device would look like.”
As of right now, developers are limited in their abilities to design and collect information from users through their apps. As Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at Forrester that studies public attitudes towards wearable computing mentions,
“What we find is the more intimate the device, the more intrusive consumers perceive advertising is.”
In my opinion, Google has made an intelligent decision in restricting the parameters by which developers can manipulate the device in these early stages of the project. By ensuring that consumers are not bombarded by ads, and can slowly become accustomed to wearable computing devices becoming mainstream, Google has a greater possibility of garnering a successful product launch that can easily be the next generation of mobile technology.
Although not much information is available at this time, Google Glass will display information in such a way that the user will see it displayed about eight feet in front of their line of sight, and the size of the display will be approximately that of a twenty-five inch monitor.
Another interesting feature about Google Glass is that apps will no longer be downloaded and live within the device, but will rather depend on cloud technology. If Google Glass is successful, this could give Google the upper hand in the cloud computing industry, a growing virtual environment where firms like Apple will have to continue to innovate in order to maintain their market advantage in the mobile device industry.
While much is still to be seen, Google Glass is a reminder to consumers that innovation continues, and we are but clueless of the scope and radical change that upcoming technological advances can and will have on our society. Without a doubt, Google Glass is set to be a precursor to the next generation of developments– hopefully they will partner with Ray-Ban to make a polarized Wayfarer version.