So I often have that feeling that I’m ‘always the last to know’ whatever exciting piece of news or gossip is going round and as such I now wonder if I’m somewhat behind in discovering the existence of something called “Google Glass“? Essentially it involves wearing a pair of glasses which act as a camera – a camera which allows you to take a picture with a wink of your eye. It also appears to allow you to interact with Google online so that you can see answers to questions that you ask verbally kind of imposed on whatever it is you’re looking at. It’s being marketed as a tool for estate agents or anyone selling a house as the pictures give a sense of immediacy which normal photography just can’t capture in the same way.
Now I’m reading further into it, it seems more and more like a gadget from a James Bond movie or the TV series Alias – you meet someone new and a dossier of their life scrolls before your eyes, etc.
And whilst we’re talking about new technology what about the fact that Samsung have already developed a way to scroll through a document on screen just by moving your eyes?? And the fact that there are already technologies which allow people to play computer games using only mind control (see, for example emotiv.com)?
So many wonderful applications for these new technologies but also a lot of pitfalls (people walking around very discretely taking pictures of your kids with a wink of the eye? Its only a matter of time before we all have to drop our glasses into a bag at the doors of the school hall before we can watch our children’s nativity plays just in case we plan to film the whole thing by holding one eye shut for 45 minutes… you get the idea).
First it will be glass, then it will be the silicon of our contact lenses. Hmm, not sure whether to be excited or terrified by what’s in store for my children as they come of age…