Google Glass Perspectives

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google-glassIt looks like 2014 may very well be the year that smart glasses take the world by storm. Up until now the jury has been out on this newer technology, as whilst Google Glass’ are very impressive, many don’t like their appearance, others find them too expensive and others just flat out don’t like the idea. However, that was 2013 and this is 2014 and things are set to change as ‘smart glasses’ are emerging as the best thing next to sliced bread for companies such as Sony, Samsung and Google. Competition is expected to be stiff.

There is no doubt in the minds of manufacturers that these smart glasses are soon to become a normal part of our lives. For years now we have seen numerous action movies where the characters were spotted wearing smart glasses which gave them the ability to scan the room at the glance, and through facial recognition software, locate their target in a matter of seconds. We’ve also seen them used for card counting and other devious activities in casinos. Whilst this type of technology would be useless when playing poker, roulette or other games at, there is the real possibility that underhanded developers will try to further develop the technology in order to bend the odds in their favour at real brick and mortar casinos. This has prompted various industries to place bans on Google Glass in order to protect others from the technology being misused. For instance, face recognition isn’t possible. You also aren’t allowed to wear your Google Glass in a movie theatre, strip club or casino. In addition Google Voice doesn’t support R-rated language.

According to a Samsung Electronics representative, “The reason is simple. The market potential for smart glass is huge. It will be used in trucks, cars and has a greater impact on related industries such as glass- and coatings-makers.” He went on to say that, “It will be interesting to see which companies get better stakes in the race for smart glasses. Players definitely want to enjoy a ‘first-mover’ advantage in this new and highly lucrative market.”

The Korea Times recently reported that Samsung will later this year unveil its very own smart glasses called ‘Galaxy Glass’, thus further extending the wearable gadget market. In October 2013, Samsung registered a patent for the wearable glasses and, in collaboration with a display-making affiliate of Samsung, namely Samsung Display, they have charged ahead trying to source displays for the glasses. At this stage pricing as well as design are being kept under wraps. All we know is what the patent has thus far revealed, which is that the glasses design contains integrated earphones which allow users to ‘take phone calls and listen to music during workouts’.

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