Project Glass: Augmented Reality from Google

Announced by Google this week: Project Glass

“We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.”

According to Google – “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video [above] to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.”

What do you think? Now, I already wear glasses so a big question for me is do I want to wear something like this all day, even if I’m not going to use it all the time? What about when I’m in those areas where mobile phone reception is poor, how are they going to get around the intermittent connection – I can see the flickering of data receive/sent/lost being really annoying when it’s constantly in your face (eye) like that.

What about students and their learning? This would be excellent for field-trips and/or museum visits, being able to receive information about the location, what they are seeing, what used to be there, etc, as well as linking to Google Maps so they can find their way out and back again. What about orientation exercises for freshers, or where to find the book you want in the library? For me this isn’t about where the nearest McD’s or bus stop is, it’s about where AR can be incorporated to add value, and for education this must add value to the students (and not use the tech jsut because we can).

Other Project Glass stories:

The Digital Shift wiki said, when talking about the theory of AR, “imagine if we could bring students into a virtual world and have them explore it, or if they opened the page of a book, and it became a 3-d, multimedia representation of whatever they are reading.”  Come on then, what do you think?