In what is sure to be an ongoing trend, the future keeps arriving faster than I can write about it.
Check out this amazing project. If it’s legit – and an endorsement from Stanford suggests it is – we’ll soon have glasses that can record and share video. These guys have already developed Facebook glasses that identify your friends. Eventually, they plan to combine augmented reality, biometric data, computer vision, and digital information into a single product. In essence, they’re not content with Google’s latest marketing campaign, and are setting out to make real-life Google glasses, and a bunch of other wild products along the way.
Here’s the link to their kickstarter page. I’m tempted to throw them a few bucks just so I can get one of the first models when they pull this off! If nothing else, you should check out the page to get a feel for how sincere and excited they are. It’s quite endearing – you can practically hear the maniacal giggles. Well, I have to say, if they succeed, I’d be pretty excited myself. After all, this is the first step to completely redefining the way we interact with computers.
Click the picture below for a video from the inventors themselves:
Makes me curious about what new things might be seen and perhaps understood in a new way, and what might be lost from what we can “see” now with our inner eyes. Did you see Sherry Turkel’s recent NYT article about the loss of the skills of conversation & human contact now that we can “communicate” more frequently? Might happen with “seeing” too.
Thanks for the tip – I just read the article and now I want a copy of her book Alone Together. The use of technology in human relationships presents quite the dilemma… in some ways, we’re more connected than ever, but we’re putting at risk our deep relationships and our reflective space.
I’m determined to find a way to gain the former without losing the latter, but I admit I’m not quite sure what that would look like. In the end, it comes down to our behavior and how we choose to use these tools. Perhaps we will find value in tech-free-zones, or tech-free-times. Or maybe we’ll come up with other modalities that encourage in-depth, emotionally meaningful engagement rather than abrupt, distant messages.
As always, I appreciate your perspective on these things! There is much to ponder here.