Rethinking Google Glass

Remember when the iPad was a novelty, or even, for some of us, when a laptop was the pinnacle of technological advancement? Then, just a few years ago, we thought Google Glass was the next “it” item” that topped them all?

Here’s how The New York Times described the impact of Google Glass.

From its unveiling in 2012, it was considered the Gadget, yearned after by everyone from nerds and chief executives, to chefs and fashionistas. It was the must-have toy that was going to set the gold standard for a new class of wearable computers.

Except, it’s now gone, and we’re going to have to wait for it again. For the moment, it is considered one of the biggest disappointments instead of one of the “Best Inventions of the Year.”

What WAS Google Glass?

Google’s newest foray into technological novelties was a pair of sleek, modern glasses. They weren’t designed to be worn as safety glasses, but when we look at “How Is Technology Impacting Workplace Safety?” we know that something like Google Glass is already making its way into the world of workplace safety.

Google Glass 3/4 View

Google Glass’s most groundbreaking features were to include:

  • Ability to record video and take photos. No need to whip out your phone, digital camera, or video camera. You could only take pictures and videos right through your Google Glass.
  • Directions, right in front of your eyes. GPS navigation units have come a long way over the last decade, but imagine being able to view turn-by-turn directions literally overlaid with what you see in front of your eyes. The safety enthusiasts in us here at Safety Glasses USA are just giddy with how much added safety this brings to driving or cycling while consulting a GPS unit.
  • Hands-free texting. We all know that we shouldn’t text and drive, text and walk, ski and text, etc., but many people still do. Google Glass integrated “speak and read” text message technology to read new text messages and to also send text messages just by speaking.
  • Built-in social sharing. Not only could you record video and snap photos, but you could share it with your social network, and see and talk with contacts while sharing your video and photos with them. Pretty neat, huh? Just imagine how useful this feature could be for teams working remotely, for police officers maintaining crowd control during major events, and for ordinary citizens reporting news as it happens.

Google Glass Closeup

Google Glass Headed Back To The Drawing Board

Google Glass failed for two reasons. First, poor roll out. It should have undergone more testing before being unleashed. Second, an extra-marital affair at the top executive level. Both of these led to Google Glass’ demise. You can read the details in “Why Google Glass Broke.

But Google hasn’t given up. Instead, they’ve gone back to the beginning. The new project managers vow not to release the product until it’s actually complete this time. They also promise no public experimentation, which failed the first time miserably.

Google insists that the product, even though it failed, was still revolutionary. After all, it gave the world it’s first look at this type of wearable tech.

We’re excited for the re-release of Google Glass, even if we have to wait for it… again. We can only imagine the possibilities these glasses will bring to the safety glasses world.

Sure, Google Glass in itself is certainly not designed for safety purposes, but we believe safety glass brands will take a leaf from Google’s book. Imagine safety glasses featuring built-in measurement tools, safety tips, knowledge databases, and so much more.

Here’s to innovations in safety and an exciting, and safer, future for us all.

What Do You Think About Google Glass?

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