Google Glass 2.0: Is This The Future?

Google Glass
Yesterday at Google annual I/O event, we learnt a little more about the future of Google Glass including a variety of new apps being developed including more location-based services.

Right now it is pretty much version 1 and so skepticism about its appearance and lack of software (not to mention privacy issues) will be ironed out in future iterations.

But one digital agency has started to think about future uses for Google Glass. Toronto’s Playground Inc. has released a cool video showing off their vision for Google Glass.

Some of the ideas include GPS while you travel on foot, car and bike. Connecting to emergency services while getting real-time instructions on how to handle the situation. Comparing product prices and features in store by scanning barcodes and shopping directly via online payment.

Here’s a list of all the features hypothesised in the video:

  • Workout Path tracking
  • Comparison Shopping
  • Advertising
  • Wallet: Secure payment experiences
  • Smart Shopping
  • Taxi: Location services
  • Sports Updates
  • Guitar Training
  • Emergency Services
  • Presentation Aids
  • Gaming: Device Awareness and Syncing
  • TV Alerts: Context-aware notifications

SEE ALSO: How Google Glass Works

This is just a proof of concept at the moment and compatibility with other systems and interfacing glasses to items like guitars are a way off but there are a lot of cool ideas here. One notable point is that a lot of these features are available in some form or another on today’s smart phones and tablets.

One day Google Glass (or a perhaps similar rival product?) may just be able to do all of these things and more!

It is truly a courageous undertaking and we are fortunate that companies like Google are able and willing to experiment like this.  Such experimentation is already paying dividends: software is getting better, services are getting more robust and innovation is getting faster.

What do you think of Google Glass? Can it take off with a mainstream audience? Does it scare you or excite you? Let me know!

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