It's not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED 2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers -- not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.
Not since Apple's iPhone debut in 2007 has there been so much buzz about a computer that is coming to market. Originally Glass didn't have a camera, so they added one and the magic began. Glass, connected to a smartphone, may also double as your future hands free option to answering calls and instead of texting while you're walking, you'll just be able to speak and the voice recognition will just record your message and send it. This kind of technology was presented at this week's Google I/O developer conference.
While there may be some serious opposition to Google's Glass regarding privacy and/or security, the fact is that the wearable computer revolution is going to be unstoppable. Google has come up with something that could be seriously cool, even if many are barking that it will ultimately fail.
Since I wear glasses, I'm not even sure that I'll be able to use Glass right out of the gate, but I still think that using it as a mobile camera to film live events quickly without having to hold a device in your hands is going to be great; used in hands-free mode to answer your smartphone or iPhone, all the better.
In April, Apple's board member Bill Campbell gave their competitor Google a thumbs up for their upcoming Glass product by stating that it's was "a phenomenal breakthrough." And if this breakthrough puts a fire under Apple's executives to ramp up their roadmap for a wearable computer a little quicker, then all the better. In the end, I think it's pretty safe to say that Campbell made his comment knowing full well that Apple has a new wearable computer of their own design in their pipeline.
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