The Google Glass Explorer Edition has been in developers’ hands for about a month now, but it hasn’t gone smoothly. There have been security and privacy issues, concerns about Glass being too dangerous while driving and Glass even causing some recent embarrassment to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
It’s clear that Glass isn’t ready yet for the general public, and Google will likely update us Wednesday on Project Glass at the annual I/O conference. But a new video from Playground Inc., a Toronto creative agency, imagines a world where Google has worked out all the kinks and made Google available for general sale. How could we actually use it?
Using Google Glass while riding a bike still seems like a bad idea, but it would definitely be nice to have Google Maps always available. Paying for coffee with a mobile wallet is awesome, but do you really want to stand there awkwardly staring at the barista through your Glass while it loads? Talk about #firstworldproblems.
Grocery shopping, notes during business presentations, and fitness apps are all excellent ideas for Google Glass. And while the video takes a dark turn when the user finds his father unconscious on the floor, the idea of getting remote assistance through Google Glass while waiting for the ambulance could be revolutionary. Although, would it be fair for people that can afford Google Glass to get better emergency response than people who cannot?
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There’s a fairly awkward jump cut from the emergency situation to the user learning guitar, but using Google Glass to learn an instrument would be great. A Google Glass version of "Guitar Hero" using real instruments could change the way we learn how to play music.
The video also runs through some possibilities with entertainment, including live in-game information and switching from Xbox to Google TV. Of course, all of this is pretty unnecessary, but it does show how cool and useful Glass can be if Google can address the major concerns early developers have found.
Oh, and Playground Labs: The Red Wings are from Detroit, not Chicago. A group from Toronto should know better.