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A Thought: Advancements in Smart Glasses

If we could use smart-glasses to gather data and analyze our environment, then we maybe solving another one of humanities deficiencies. That is the lack of awareness of the world around us. For instance, see-through displays can assist campers in seeing in the dark by overlaying light-absent environment with a virtual copy. It can alert the wearer of nearby dangers such as bears or humans. When talking about the integration of man and machine for creating a enhanced being that has a better chance of withstanding extinction, it is important to understand why this is achievable.

Humans have a unique ability create. Not just to create for survival purposes. But to create out of inspiration stimulated by the mind. This isn’t to say that it was a easy thing for humans to accomplish. It took multiple millenniums to reach the evolutionary stage that modern humans are at today. I couldn’t imagine what living was like thousands of years ago. You think working at McDonalds for eight hours of the day can be unbearable. Imagine being in the field tending to crops in the sweltering heat of the day or placing multiple sixty ton stones one-hundred feet off the ground. Now we have machines and digital computers to automate these jobs for us, which I believe humans will always have work not matter how many jobs robots automate.

What I’m driving at is people have always relied heavily on their tools to thrive in the environments they settle in. To be innovative is to be human. We are always seeking new ways to improve our lifestyles. So it wouldn’t be too far off to believe smartglasses will be adopted as a new way to interact and improve our living conditions. If this technology continues to mature, it could spawn “smart eye lenses”. I would love to not carry around a laptop or smartphone anymore and simply put on a pair of glasses. What really brings the sparkle to intelligent eye-ware is it’s ability to receive and understand several different inputs, from gesture recognition and eye-tracking sensors to imbedded gyroscope and accelerometer. This nifty device can bring convenience to a whole new plateau.

The question is not whether enough people will find appeal for such a contraption, but rather how will people implement this technology in their daily lives? I think it kind of cool to have extra powers. The ability to see-through walls or play with different ways I can arrange my furniture without moving it. Being able to check what’s in the fridge without actually walking over and opening the door would be idea. It would be cool to have a more natural conversation with a friend rather than staring onto a flat screen or awaiting a text message. How about being able to check emails and the latest tweet with just your eyes, keeping your hands free to perform other tasks. Smart-glasses can usher in another, more improved way of living, as the smelting of iron has.

What most enthusiasts, hardware/software developers, and network service providers main concern is, when it comes to mainstream adoption of smart-glasses, are aesthetics. They believe people do not want to stick out in public, like a apple in a orange tree. This is no longer a major concern as it used to be, with hi-tech companies teaming up to provide high-quality “normal-looking” clear digital displays. Atheer Labs( expertise in wearables utilizing augmented reality), Nvidia(supplying the powerful Tegra processor), Dassault Systemes( expertise in 3D modeling and virtual real-time collaboration software), and Lumus( supplying the patented Light-emitted Optical Element clear display) is a great example of this happening. They are collaborating and bringing to market see-through wearable displays that are comfortable with great usefulness.

To easily describe why the average modern human will adopt this “new” technology is how the smartphone replaced the flip-phone, that replaced the landline, that replaced Morse-code, that replaced horses, that replaced walking. People always want to make the most of their space and time. One big advantage that smart-glasses has is the amount of space that can be used. I cannot even say it will double, triple, or even quadruple the space a smartphone or tablet provides. Since see-through wearables utilizes the actual environment to interact with and not a touch screen, their is infinite amount of space that can be used. Instead of being confined to a room to enjoy television, you can switch different rooms or go outside with the screen always present in sight( which is probably not recommended while driving, unless self-driving cars hits mainstream too).

Smart-glasses is a happy medium between interacting with the world and staying connected to the digital world. It can be a great way to connect with other people. When you throw a party, you can stop looking for the Monopoly board and pull out a virtual copy for some augmented fun( that is if everyone has come prepared with their smart-glasses). With the ever-shifting cultures of humanity, I wonder how augmented reality enabled by see-through wearable displays will be adapted by people.


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