5 Reasons Google Glass Represents the Future of Computing

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Google has officially made its move into wearable computing. For those “lucky ones” fortunate enough to have the privilege of spending $1,500 on the prototype Google Glass, you should be getting yours in the very near future, if you haven’t already. And let there be no mistake, I am dying of jealousy. Well, not dying, but I want one.

Another club Google has joined is what I like to call the “No Way Club.” You know, it includes products like Twitter, Foursquare, Bluetooth headsets and even the iPhone. These are all products that many people heard about and said “I will never tweet, check in, walk around talking to myself or type on a virtual keyboard. No way!” They were all wrong.

Google Glass, the company’s augmented reality glasses that enables you to take 5 megapixel photos, 720p video, and includes 16 GB of on board storage, might not be a tremendous success, but there is no question, that it represents the next stage in mobile computing. I know, “No way! I will never wear glasses that augment my reality. It is way too geeky for me. Besides, what do I need that for?” Welcome to the No Way Club, Google. So, why do I think Google Glass is such an important advancement that it will mark the beginning of this new wearable computing trend? Here are five reasons:

5 How Many Times Has This Happened to You?

Last but not least, let’s talk a little bit about Google Glass itself. How many times have you wanted to record something, but you knew that by the time you took out your phone, the moment would be gone? How many times have you wanted to show someone something as you saw it? This happened to me twice just today. If you think about it, glasses are actually the ideal solution for this, and they totally redefine the concept we have been attributing to mobile for years. “Always on.” Yes, they are always on—on your face, that is. I am excited and want a pair of Google Glass like yesterday.

4 Timing is Everything

Even if you don’t like the idea of Google Glass, you cannot ignore where the market is going. Every serious player in the tech space is now busy working on their watch that will sync with your phone. Then there are the fitness bracelets, and the many other types of wearable computing. The market has spoken and wearable computing is the next big thing. As usual, Google leads the way.

3 Another One Bites the Dust

Can you count how many items have been made obsolete by the mobile device? Camera, video camera, calculator, calendar, some might say laptop and the list goes on and on. Well, how about we add glasses to that list and add Google Glass to the category of mobile devices?

2 Phones Are Obnoxious

One of the selling points Google keeps repeating when pushing Google Glass is just how much our smartphones have ruined our social interactions. You know what? I hate to admit it since I wrote the book on checking my phone during dinner, but Google is right. And the ability to check my Twitter without the horribly boring person talking to me right now knowing about it? That is a killer feature. No, but seriously, no more need to insult people by picking up your phone.

1 This is What Technology Was Supposed to Be

Many people a lot smarter than me, including Steve Jobs, have explained one of the primary elements of successful technology is its ability to disappear. I was just talking to one of the many BlackBerry lovers the other day about the iPhone. He said what they all say. “I can’t type on a virtual keyboard, I need my physical keys.” First of all, 1998 called and wants its phone back. But jokes aside, the amazing thing pioneered by the iPhone and then adopted by well, everyone else, is the fact that the keyboard is there when you need it and it disappears when you don’t. Guess what can perform this disappearing act beautifully—a pair of glasses with a built in computer, camera and wireless radio. You want to use it? Go ahead. You don’t? Poof, it’s gone.