When it comes to transcending reality and transporting science fiction material into reality, the field of technology succeeds in ways that are numerous and ingenious. Perhaps the one company which has spearheaded this conversion more than others is Google. One only needs to look at one of its relatively recent innovations: The Google Glass.
Sebastian Thrun, the inventor of the Glass defines it as a way of outsourcing the human brain. The reason why he sets so peculiar a definition is that Google Glass literally, digitalizes a person’s personal experience. The Glass is an optically mounted headgear in the shape of an eyeglass. It has three main components.
- The bar of the eyeglass – conventionally, the sidebar of a spectacle – is the touchpad. The touchpad can be used by the user to engage with the device in a timeline of events.
- The optical part of the Glass – the ‘display’ – is used to display information as if on a screen.
- Supplementing these is the camera embedded in the Glass which can be used to take pictures and record videos.
When it was initially developed at Google by X, it created ripples in the world. It was heralded as proof that the technology of the world was potent enough to bridge the gap between a highly advanced future and a sluggish present. Many also pointed out the correlation between the Glass and other optical headgears referenced heavily in popular media and popular culture via stories. It is no wonder that when the project was first announced, around 8,000 people agreed to pay the hefty sum of $1,500 to be allowed access to the Glass in its beta version.
Much like a smartphone, the Glass can be voice-operated and can recognize the user’s voice. Applications for the Glass are similarly made by third-party developers, some of them using the specially designed Mirror API rolled out by Google. The Glass can be controlled via one’s smartphone through the MyGlass app.
But the real reason why the gap is truly revolutionary is that it can mitigate the ailments of society in a very unique way. It was once used by WWF for documenting the sustenance and existence of many species in the wild and the circumstances in which they live. This was useful in locations that are remote and inaccessible. It can help autistic patients in engaging with the outside world in a way better than the other conventional modes of technology. Furthermore, the John Hopkins Centre experimentally used the Glass to scan the image of a person’s retina and extrapolate corresponding data that had the potential to help in medical research.
The far-reaching implications of Google Glass are what make it so unique and different from the other avenues of technology. The brains behind the project indubitably illuminate the ingenious power of Google both as an information technology giant and as a propagator of human efforts. Indeed, the gaps between a utopian, bright future and a static present are being eroded faster than one can be comprehended and before late, we might soon find ourselves living in futures that resemble those of Sci-Fi stories.
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