Computers: Literally The Face of Our Generation

Ubiquitous computing, which is the idea that the Internet and computers will be accessible anywhere at any time without having to use one’s hands, is the ultimate goal for many technology designers. Project Glass has completed development of their newest gadget that is taking the idea of ubiquitous computing one step further.

Google Glass is an “augmented reality wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD).”  Or, in English, a computer you wear as you would a pair of eyeglasses. And it’s completely hands-free. It can take pictures or videos with simple vocal commands, translate your voice, look up answers on Google, or show and share whatever you’re looking at via messaging or through a Google+ Hangout.

The headset doesn’t actually have lenses in front of your eyes, just a small screen viewable through a mirrored glass block above and to the right of the user’s right eye. The device is lighter than a pair of sunglasses and comes in a variety of colors.

To satisfy those who worry about looking dorky with a small computer on their face, Google is considering partnering with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker to build something functional that wearers will also consider fashionable.  They may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device.

Everyone is reacting differently to this new technological advance.

“I think it’s stupid,” says Senior Jackie Noyes. “The whole point of life is that it’s in the moment, every second of it shouldn’t be documented.”

“I think it’s really neat. It makes taking pictures a lot easier. Saying ‘take a picture’ is much quicker, giving you more time to enjoy the moment instead of taking out a camera and using that,” said Senior Kelsey Attamante, taking a different look on the new device.

Google Glass is not yet ready for public retail. The Explorer Edition of the device was released to various Project Glass contest winners and testers for $1,500.  It is anticipated that the first consumer version will be available by the end of 2013 for “significantly less” than the Explorer Edition.