Google Glass – close but no cigar

So Google Glass is the next big thing in personal communication.


Looking very similar to the VISOR worn by Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek : The Next Generation,

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this gizmo lets you connect with the world all day, everyday. It gives you directions, shares information, translates, dictates and communicates. By voice command you can take pictures, shoot video and send messages. It allows you to connect with the world and show everyone around you what an exciting life you have. So kind of you to let them share.

Big Deal.

What would really impress me is Google Glass 2.0. This is the version that connects with the inner you. The version that lets you see the world as you would like it to be, not as it is. Dear Google, let me give you an example:

We all have a view of ourselves as we think we are. If you are like me this is an alter-ego who is probably 15 years younger, a good 20 lbs lighter and extremely suave and sophisticated, immaculately tailored in a casual t-shirt and with just enough stubble to be rugged. So with this inner self confidently striding through my mind, imagine the confusion when walking through a shopping mall. I catch sight of a movement to my left, glance across and see a fat, aging, balding, middle aged man looking back at me. I glance over my shoulder to see who this could be. Who is this person who is photobombing my reflection? Lately, he’s taken to stalking me everywhere I turn. Whenever a camera snaps, he’s there. My pictures are ruined constantly by this photobombing terrorist. This is where Google Glass 2.0 could make its money. Allow us to take pictures of our inner selves, not the one ravaged by time and life.

And while we’re on the subject, with all the photoshopping of supermodels colouring our perceptions of ‘reality’ why not upload the Glass App that allows you to see others as they see themselves, or even as you want to see them. I can see the need for a parental control on that one, possibly even a spousal control if there’s picture taking involved. Tough one to explain why there are risqué pictures of the neighbour’s daughter on the hard drive. Anyhoo, back to the plot. With our individual filters of reality, we can each go on and live and look as we wish without the bother of actually having to put on make-up or go to the gym.

Battery life would be a major concern here. Imagine the shock to the system when your idealised, rose tinted world comes crashing down as the battery percentage indicator hits zero.

Never fear, Google, once this one hits the streets I’ve already got Glass 3.0 planned out – more of that in another post.

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