Google’s Project Glass has once again hit the headlines this week, following reports that the eventual release date for the unique hardware range will now fall somewhere in 2014 – not next year as originally expected.
One of the most highly-debated hardware projects in recent history, Google’s Project Glass has been dubbed everything from “revolutionary” to “frighteningly inappropriate” and everything in-between. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Project Glass is the name currently given to piece of kit designed by Google which is essentially a wearable Smartphone in the shape of a pair of glasses.
The idea is that Project Glass will position a small screen in front of one of the eyes, while voice commands, head movements and even blinking the eyes would control the device. The so-called “augmented reality” glasses would do everything a high-end 4G Smartphone can already do, only 100% hands-free and with other features like taking a photograph with the blink of an eye.
Critics have of course been quick to point on the inherent dangers that come with a Smartphone permanently attached to one’s face, as it seems the public in general is already having enough difficulty walking in a straight line and crossing the road safely while talking/texting on their current phones. Others have flagged up the notion that Project Glass brings us one step closer to a terrifying state of 24-hour Smartphone addiction that will eventually see us wearing our phones in one form or another round the clock.
On the other hand, supporters of Project Glass have stated that the idea is a natural evolution of the current Smartphone and represents something that millions will fall head over heels in love with. Others have also warned that the project really shouldn’t be taken so seriously as the eventual product will be more of a neat toy than a life-changing gadget.
I guess we’ll have to wait for the 2014 release date to find out for sure!