For one of my graduate classes I had to read Ken Auletta’s “Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.” If I didn’t already believe Google might one day take over the world, I certainly did after digesting a few chapters of that book. I remember when the search engine first hit the web. At the time I was using Ask Jeeves and Yahoo for all my browsing needs. Somehow, Google went from noun to verb overnight and the world of search as we know it changed for good.
It’s impossible to deny the company’s innovative spirit and eye for the future. Domineering? Maybe. Smart? Yes. And Google is only reaching higher.
Today, co-founder Sergey Brin announced “that Google will be accepting pre-orders for a very early ‘Explorer Edition’ of its Project Glass,” according to PC Magazine. Project Glass once again demonstrates why Google remains on top of its game.
The Star Trek like glasses aim to revolutionize the way we live by seamlessly blending our virtual lives with the world in front of us. As a promotional video shows, the glasses allow you to send texts through voice activation, take photos and video, access music, and navigate via GPS all sans hands. Everything you need is simply projected into your field of vision. According to the article, the glasses are designed to be lightweight and minimal, so individual personalities can still shine through.
Project Glass is still being perfected. But, for $1,500 each, attendees at this year’s Google I/O developer conference can order prototypes, and be some of the first people in the world to experience life behind the lens. For the past three months, Google has been building up hype about the project on its Google+ page. A recent video shows skydivers, donning the glasses, capturing their free falls using the product’s video capabilities.
As someone who is admittedly obsessed with her iPhone, I’m thrilled by the prospect of a device that allows me all the same conveniences without anything to actually tote around. But, the thought of someday literally being unable to escape email notifications, text messages and missed calls does cause my heart to race just a little. It seems likely that, in the end, we’ll all get Googled.