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How Google Glass will change mobile, and how it could fail

0. phoneArena 21 Jan 2013, 10:35 posted on

How often do we hear jokes about how no one experiences life as it happens these days? People miss out on life because we’re all too busy filtering real-time experiences through the screen of a smartphone or tablet. Google may not have figured out the use case of Google Glass, but after seeing Sergey Brin on the subway, and digging through old Glass stories, it struck us as quite simple...

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posted on 21 Jan 2013, 10:50 14

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6241; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This is going to be epic. Cant wait what the dev had instore for glass. Im definitely going to buy one

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:16 5

3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 356; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


The video clarity of Google Glass looks like 808 pureview. Good job Google.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:26 4

5. Aeires (unregistered)


What I'd like to see is a zoom feature that portrays the zoomed image directly onto the lens of the glasses. With this you could look at close images in macro or look at distant images zoomed in. Reading impaired? Solved.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:33 8

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I was thinking the same thing.. "real world instant zoom". THAT would be a huge selling point. Not only for normal people reading and such but also for doctors and nurses to get a good close up of what's going on with you without having to get too close.... or if you can live stream from one Glass to another.. without having to even be in the same room. Imagine 100 doctors all looking at the exact same thing to figure out the problem in real time. (just dont look at the bill!! lol)
There are a million ways to play that out.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 15:03 1

28. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Perfect for snipers in the military?

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:50

47. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Use cases that Google hasn't even imagined. Mostly because it seems Google hasn't bothered to imagine *any* use cases. They're just developing a cool piece of hardware and letting the consumer choose how to use it. I see a good future for this product, if only for certain niche uses.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 13:22

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


A lot of potential and a lot of risk. A completely new UI paradigm, but with risks. Some that immediately come to mind are processing power required to deliver the user experience; user distraction (even head-up displays are not free of distraction); how to design the UI so that the user gets just what they need to receive as opposed to wading through menu trees.

Only Google has the culture to take on such an endeavor.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 01:47

41. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 911; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


good products
cost good money :(

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:06 5

2. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I wonder if we could watch videos via Google Glass... Can't wait to see more on this project.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:23 4

4. DKMDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


I'd love to see whats the full extent of what they can achieve with Google Glass I'll definitely buy one it will be well worth the money if it will be that easy to use and have that many features but a few things trouble me.....1. How would it be packaged? 2.what would the processor be like? 3. how big would the battery be? those are my concerns ....

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:38 3

11. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


1) who cares
2) who cares as long as it works well
3) ok, this one is a biggie. :)

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 12:00 1

13. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea I dont think the processor for something this small would make a huge difference. I dont think its doing as much as a phone or tablet.
If they could use watch size batteries...would that even be strong enough or last long enough?

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:31 4

6. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I can see going to it when I wanna take pics....I cant see myself wearing it on a daily basis. I dont think I woulda wanna use GPS with this. Might be too in my face.

I like it tho..bring it on.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:37 4

10. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it could easily use augmented reality to keep the "arrows" on the road in front of you and not so much "in your face". That tech already exists.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:54

12. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I like that....bring it on!!!! lol.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:34 1

8. SuperNexus (Posts: 113; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Love to see some more videos like this.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 11:36 2

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I think Glass is going to fundamentally change things if its marketed properly. To the seeing impaired, for medicine, travelers (real time google maps info on places as you walk by), and a million other uses people havent thought of yet.

Once the tech can shrink even smaller and make it look like a normal pair of glasses these will catch fire with every day people. Let some fashion designers get ahold of them and make them desirable looking as well as highly functional.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 14:25

23. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Google Glasses - Watch porn anywhere anytime and not get caught. Instant #1 product for men across the globe.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 16:28 1

33. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what ever. Men everywhere would get caught. A sea of dudes walking down the street with pitched tents would not go over well with indecent exposure laws. lolz.
It would be a funny "the next pandemic" segment on the local news shows though. :)

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 12:04

14. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If any of yall ever seen those movies where it feels like you are in it...like at an Air n Space Museum, the movies they show there? Towards the end of this clip right before they landed....made my stomache drop...lol.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 12:26

15. duwiegeneral (Posts: 48; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


that stupid google flass r glass r r@@s is for porn freak who wants a better feel of thier fantasy sorrounding. lollll play boy's would do well with a few a them. soon we will ave space guns shooting laser beems so powerful it will b able to disolve titanium steel lolllll crop!!!

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 13:35

20. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I take it 3D is for porn freaks too huh.... :/

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 12:29

16. duwiegeneral (Posts: 48; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


GOOGLE PORN GLASS SHOUL B THE NAME!!! LOLLL

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 12:33

17. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


...? And?

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 14:40 1

25. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


at least we know what he'll be anxiously waiting on it for.
This reminds me of Surrogates, when they used that data to jump back into the last hours of that murdered guys memories. Really crazy watching what someone did from their POV, AR gaming could be something that brings rebirth of Laser Tag much closer to those videos of epic laser fights, no bullets or paintballs necessary. Heck it could even augment paintball fights, exercising, school work(like documenting your trip to the museum) catching a sight in the sky you happened to be looking at right at that moment.
If this thing is quick and lightweight and has satisfactory space, it would be incredible. Limited use at first but it could blossom into something incredible. I'm all for innovative technology, might help with crimes to, see something suspicious but fear for your life, just look from a distance and place the call with video reference and that's it. Anonymous tip with video sent it, perp apprehended because of a concerned civilian with camera.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 15:12

30. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Could use it for that Cheaters show too.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 16:31

34. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


laser tag would be a fun augment if it could keep up and animate the "laser fire" in real time. Would make for a great light saber duel as well. :)

Crime would go down big time if these got mass adoption.. EVERYONE would be wearing cameras to catch the criminal.
A program showing you how to do your homework problem right "on your book" would be fantastic as well.

Those are some great uses. Good thoughts guy.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 16:38 1

36. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


The whole concept could become pretty crazy... Imagine someone using Google Glass the way Batman hacked wireless devices it in the Dark Knight.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 14:49

27. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


If nothing else, this will be remembered as the first personal HUD assistant computer.
And one day, IMO, those things will be as big as smartphones are today, and then some.

In a truly mature form(say, some 10-15 years from now), I imagine an intelligent supercomputer sporting ultra hd, 3D display with variable transparency ranging from completely transparent, discrete looking, eye protection eyeglasses substitute, to a full filter screen usable for all computing, gaming and media you could need.
Somewhere between those two modes, it will mostly serve as a revolutionary augmented reality, video/photographic and communication tool.

Advanced technologies will make it light, comfortable, flexible and near indestructible.
And it won't need to be charged at all - it's battery will charge constantly via sunlight and body temperature of the carrier.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 16:34

35. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


HUD assistants have been around for quite some time. Hell, my grandfather's caddy back in the 90s had HUD display for his speed. I never really understood why it hasnt caught on more than it has though. Seemed so useful. Just like touch screen displays which have been around since the 80s.

Yea, this tech is the beginning of the next stage of communications with the potential to change things as much as cell phones did.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 02:30

42. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


A car HUD isn't really a personal one (that you could carry around ).
Helmet mounted HUD's, btw, are dating back to eighties (Soviet fighter jet pilots were the first to use it)

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 04:21

43. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Just have to add.. if our civilization really lives to see such thing, it will change us more than phones did.. more than anything before.
Imagine, having an intelligent computer in front of your eyes. It will become our virtual "friend" that will talk to us, give us instant answers and analyses (how tall is this tree? What's the species? how many people is there? How far is that thing? What was the speed of this? ....), keep us connected to super fast networks and serve as immersive 3D camera, gaming and multimedia platform

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 13:28

44. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


i anticipate failure. This is another attempt at throwing something at the wall to see if it sticks. It won't. The general public is still catching up with smartphones at this point. Too early for the masses.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 13:29

45. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Anyone remember the second coming of 3D glasses last year? Gonzo...nobody wants to wear glasses.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:48

46. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I imagine there will be all sorts of indie movies that use this for a few unique scenes. That'll be interesting.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:51

48. TMobileEmployeePA (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


It looks like it uses the right eye in which I am blind.

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