Imagine, if you will, riding on the hotel shuttle to your favorite theme park. On the way there, you can “fact-find” without even bringing your laptop or turning on the screen of your phone. Once you arrive, you can find instant statistics to your favorite ride, on your face. Yep, Google went there. They developed software that you can carry on your ears and over your eyes with Google glass.
From the viral video Google released about this new technology, we can gather that everything you could once do on your computer or Smartphone can soon be done on your face. You can answer messages, video chat, send and take photos, and even direct your eyes at something to find more information about it. The video claims that the glasses are also voice activated for various commands. The man in the video actually checks in with Facebook at a new roadside snack shack. While talking to yourself with no Bluetooth device may seem nerdy to some, others may find this possibility totally awesome.
If this technology becomes available, the possibilities are endless. A traveler can be alerted, as in the video, to subway closures and other events that may impede his or her current path, complete with a reroute. At the theme parks, perhaps the glasses could be used to identify wait times at the attractions and even various facts about attractions, like speed and secrets. Perhaps the savvy theme park frequenter could “tap in” to his glasses to find out which park has the fewest visitors and lightest lines. Could a traveler make his hotel reservation through Priceline while only using his face? This is all to be seen.
While one big hazard may be the distraction while driving (or even walking), it seems like Google thought of that too when they said, “technology when you need it.” Perhaps a permanent idle feature can be activated to prevent such a distraction. One other hazard may be unwanted solicitations and advertisements from nearby businesses taking advantage of the technology. On the other hand, if you don’t know where to eat dinner, Google Glass may just “show” you the way to a hot new spot.
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