Does anybody remember Alex James Murphy, the cyborg police officer of Detroit? Our very own RoboCop? Google’s augmented reality glass reminds me of him. Especially, when a virtual overlay map starts giving you directions on the road, you video talk to your boss on the go, you reply to emails in the middle of a meeting, you click pictures by blinking your eye while passing by a hill, you fill an empty plot with a virtual image of your dream house and what not, without any obtrusive headgear. As a matter of fact, you do so without holding a single device like those of smartphones and tabs in your hands.
It’s small piece of eyewear magically wrapped around your head to connect your real and virtual world; doesn’t sound like present like photo copier of Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol. All my childhood fantasies seem to find a spectacle. Literally. Yes gentlemen, this is the future!
Project glass will be one of the biggest breakthroughs in the AR technology. Gone are the days when we talked about VR (virtual reality). The next decade would witness such breakthroughs one after another. From nanobots to flying cars to driverless automated vehicles, the future is all set for a fantastic cyber advancement. It would be interesting to watch the biggies competing over augmented reality technology. Who and What after Google, if project glass succeeds? We will definitely miss Steve Jobs in this war yet to happen.
The question hits, are we ready for the change? It does sound amazing to have an unobtrusive eyegear that will enable us to interact and digitally manipulate the information about the surrounding real world but do we really need such a gear? Forget hazards caused to eyes, there can be issues with the extreme nature of this project. What I mean is, it will definitely take over us inevitably with the projected exhaustive list of functions and as shown in the Project Glass Video released by Google. Are our brains programmed to handle this kind of information overload and multitasking all the time? The bigger question, are we ready to convert ourselves to cyborgs?
The tale is twisted from one side. Project glass is a way to what has been shown on celluloid since the dawn of VR technology. We have fantasized about it, so why can’t we have it?