Most new technologies of the past decade such as smart phones and tablets haven’t found it difficult to be desirable to consumers. Looking back at the iPad or Samsung Galaxy line of devices, all have been seen as objects to flaunt.
Not so with augmented reality (AR), the new device category which would certainly seem to be the future of mobile telecommunications.
A key point of criticism (and ridicule) with the Glass headset, and others like it, has been the absurdity of placing a hefty device over your face. Unlike standard glasses, the Google device has a thick plastic band housing the computing components and a glass eyepiece hanging over the regular frames.
Wearing these glasses means drawing attention to yourself – something that could be an annoyance as the technology grows.
Google has certainly taken steps to address this issue, by attempting to reduce the size of the hardware and partnering with frame makers such as Ray-Ban and Oakley.
Along with more desirable frames for consumers, it’s going to be necessary cut down on the size of the supporting computer unit.
“Nowadays, glasses are global phenomenon – a reflection of both function and fashion,” a spokesperson from Google explained.
“We see Google Glass as the next chapter in this long story. Light, simple and modular, Glass introduces new functionality as your glasses get smarter – but bringing your own style to Glass is just as important.”
AR is shaping up to become the new way to capture photos, share information and communicate – and the technology is already here. For the foreseeable future, it’s going to be necessary to focus on development of the computer hardware to make it smaller and faster.
Efforts will have to be made to make the hardware seamless with the frames, and less noticeable for those wearing it.