Well, the date has come and gone, April 15th 2014, the only day Google Glass went on sale to the general public. Previously, the net giant had restricted the sale of their internet connected eye wear to developers and selected business, but the $1,500 was available to anyone in the US on Tuesday.
The device is a small strip that works as a tiny high definition computer screen, and is hooked onto the frame just inside the wearer’s peripheral vision. The device enables the wearer to connect to the internet, film videos and map their locations.
So, what sort of feedback has the Google Glass received? Will it change the way we use the internet, even the way we live day to day? Reports from some of the businesses and professionals who’ve tried it out were positive.
Doctors at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre used the glasses as they carried out their rounds. Doctors were able to access patient’s files online by scanning QR codes on ward doors, freeing up their hands to get on with more pressing medical matters. One Doctor credited the glasses with saving a patient’s life as he received vital medical information about the patient via the glasses as he was operating.
Virgin Atlantic staff are also trialling the glasses. Using a special app by SITA airline staff can access passenger information, update passengers on flight and weather information and use a foreign language translator. It is hoped the device will develop to tell staff about their passenger’s individual dietary requirements.
So far, so good. It looks like the Google Glass may be able to rise above the gimmick factor and become an invaluable tool across many sectors.