By all accounts, I’m a Google Glass skeptic. While I find wearable technologies such as smartwatches, fitness bands, and other minimally connected devices extremely useful, the thought of being continually connected to a device over a body part through which we process an incomprehensible amount of information already seems to be overkill. I can’t shake the feeling that having a glasses-like technology through which to continually connect with the world seems like it will take away from our societal interactions, rather than add to them.
Google seems to be on a mission to prove me wrong, however, and today released a new website and video which attempt to persuade consumers that Google Glass will enhance their lives, rather than provide a distraction from them. And on this reviewer, anyway, the video (link for mobile) is making an impact.
The two-minute video from Google’s Glass team shows the many ways Glass will help you interact with the world around you. Glass is all about sharing, naturally, and with simple command cues, users can capture moments via photos or video, participate in a hangout so friends and family can see the world through your eyes as you’re experiencing it, navigate without the awkwardness of using a smartphone and instantly seek answers to the questions currently on your mind. You can also use the technology and Google’s Translate service to instantly communicate with the locals when you find yourself in a place in which you aren’t familiar with the native tongue, and Google’s Now technology uses the familiar card structure to push relevant information without the need to ask.
By all accounts, Google Glass is the future, and one I’m slowly starting to buy into. I’m excited to get my hands on Glass for myself, though I’ll likely hold off until the devices are ready for retail launch. For those looking to get their hands on the technology now, Google has opened a contest whereby you can tell Google how you plan to use Glass in 50 words or less via Twitter or Google+, where selected winners will simply be granted the right to purchase a developer model for the going rate of $1,500.
To learn more about Glass, Google’s “How to Get One” contest, and more, be sure to head over to the company’s new website. And be sure to leave us a comment below letting us know your feelings about Glass, and whether you’ll be forking over the likely thousand dollars for a retail unit when it launches.
This article was written by Anthony Domanico
Anthony is the Editor in Chief of Techgress, and a big mobile and gaming geek. He's covered mobile technology for the better part of three years, and gets excited about shiny, new things. He currently uses an iPhone, iPad Mini, and Nexus 7, but Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry devices are never too far away.