Do you remember those cool spy glasses you’d see in the movies? The ones that would let you map your way across unknown territory, talk to your friends, work on voice command, take pictures. Well it may not be so far out of your grasp. Google X Labs has been developing their their own futuristic, augmented reality spy glasses. It is a head-mounted display (HDM) that allows users to enjoy the perks of a smartphone using voice commands for en entirely hands-free experience. Users can call or text friends, take pictures and videos, map alternate routes to their destinations on Google maps, and so much more. Take a look at the video below and see the all the things you can do with with the Google HDM:
I think that it would be pretty interesting to see how this device would affect communication. Would it augment communication, or create a barrier? Imagine being on a date and thinking that your date is listening to your stories, only to find out they’re actually aren’t because they are preoccupied with the HDM. It is already bad enough that the world of text messaging is holding us back from one-on-one conversation.
The device itself is said to retail at approximately the same value as a high end smartphone ($250-$600), and is set to be available to the public near the end of 2012, according to a New York Times blog.
I’m still on the fence as to weather or not I would want one of these. I think it would be cool to try it out and pretend I’m in a mission impossible movie, but whether or not I would adapt to it instead of a tangible smartphone, I’m unsure. Time will tell. Keep up the good work Google.