According to an article on TechRadar website, my next flight on Virgin Atlantic could be quite interesting! As this week they have embarked on a pilot programme that’ll use Google Glass hoping to make its passengers’ journey better. Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display – like glasses! Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format.
TechRadar says “Concierge staff in the airline’s Upper Class wing will use wearable tech to speed up check-ins, to update passengers of any flight changes, exciting weather developments or interesting events at their destination, and to translate between different languages”.
I have heard and read about Google Glass over the last few months, but if I’m honest at times it all gets a little confusing; I am hearing so many different things, good and bad. I like to be up-to-date and be able to understand new technology, as no doubt most of you do too. So, with that in mind I thought I would dedicate this week’s blog to finding out and sharing the top 5 things I have learnt and what we can expect ‘good and bad’ with Google Glass.
- Google Glass is packed with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, speakers, a camera, microphone, touchpad and possibly a gyroscope that detects head-tilts. Then there’s the main piece, a tiny screen the size of your finger that shows you all the information you need.
- No more rummaging around for a camera, Just say, “Take a Photo” and your view at that moment will be captured, hands-free! However, the camera sensor in the Glass headset is fairly poor, it’s at least three or four generations behind whatever is in the top-end iPhone.
- Google Glass is built with a GPS chip so it will be able to help you navigate, with help from Google Maps. This will take away the need to look down at your smartphone and it will be especially handy when you are driving, when you’re walking through crowded streets or when you’re hiking through the countryside.
- You can’t fold Google Glass’ side bars in, as you can with normal glasses, so they will take up a little more space in your bag or coat pocket.
- Not very good in sunlight. The projector-based displays don’t seem to be very good outside and you really need something of a solid backdrop, or even better to be indoors.
Here is a great little video that has been launched from Computer weekly on how the glasses may assist you on the first day of a new job in the future can be found here www.computerweekly.com
So with these points in mind does the thought of owning a pair of these still excite you? My personal answer to that question is ‘yes’, I can’t wait to feel like I’m an action movie hero using my high tech glasses to try and save the world!
However, I guess until then I’ll continue to enjoy my exciting work with my ExplorerLAB™ Mobile Science Lab. If you would like to know a little more about the work I do with my good friends at LapSafe®, then visit their wonderful new website – www.lapsafe.com