↬ Ok Glass, take my money!

Bild: The Verge
Bild: The Verge

Stopp. Ich sage es: Google Glass ist die Zukunft. Ein Science-Fiction-Objekt, das noch dieses Jahr in die Hände von Millionen von Menschen gelangen soll. Und es funktioniert. Aber sind wir bereit für die Zukunft? Sind wir bereit für Computer buchstäblich vor unseren Augen? Google denkt, dass wir es sind. Joshua Topolsky hat es als Erster außerhalb Googles ausprobiert.

Reading List: „I used Google Glass: the future, with monthly updates„, The Verge

Idea

„We wondered, what if we brought technology closer to your senses? Would that allow you to more quickly get information and connect with other people but do so in a way — with a design — that gets out of your way when you’re not interacting with technology? That’s sort of what led us to Glass.“

Design

The design of Glass is actually really beautiful. Elegant, sophisticated. They look human and a little bit alien all at once. This is Apple-level design. It’s daring, inventive, playful, and yet somehow still ultimately simple.

Glass

Let me start by saying that using it is actually nearly identical to what the company showed off in its newest demo video. It’s clean, elegant, and makes relative sense. The screen is not disruptive, you do not feel burdened by it. It’s just this new thing in your field of vision. And it’s actually pretty cool.

Here’s what you see: the time is displayed, with a small amount of text underneath that reads „ok glass.“ First you have to touch the side of the device (which is actually a touchpad), or tilt your head upward slowly, a gesture which tells Glass to wake up. Once you’ve done that, you start issuing commands by speaking „ok glass“ first, or scroll through the options using your finger along the side of the device. Most of the big interaction is done by voice, however.

Voice

The natural language search works most of the time, but when it doesn’t, it can be confusing, leaving you with text results that seem like a dead-end. I struggled repeatedly with Glass when issuing voice commands that seemed to come too fast for the device to interpret. When I got it right however, Glass usually responded quickly, serving up bits of information and jumping into action as expected.

Privacy

But that’s not going to answer questions about what’s right and wrong to do with a camera that doesn’t need to be held up to take a photo, and often won’t even be noticed by its owner’s subjects. Will people get comfortable with that? Are they supposed to?

The privacy issue is going to be a big hurdle for Google with Glass. Almost as big as the hurdle it has to jump over to convince normal people to wear something as alien and unfashionable as Glass seems right now.

I walked away convinced that this wasn’t just one of Google’s weird flights of fancy. The more I used Glass, the more it made sense to me; the more I wanted it.

Reading List: „I used Google Glass: the future, with monthly updates„, The Verge

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