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So Glasses (coded Project Glass) has received all the rave reviews lately.  And I’m sure they’ll be awesome when they are available late this year.  But what if you’re in a slightly disconnected environment and unable to utilize the cloud?

I tried on a Golden-i headset at CES in January 2012 (picture).  If developed further I believe they could have decent application in a Maritime environment.  Billed as the world’s first hands-free mobile, head-worn computing experience they have the ability to enable and use the cloud when available but could also be adapted to use a Cloudlet (think mini cloud on a ship).  These have the possibility to significantly improve safety, productivity, and efficiency of an individual solely on freeing up their hands.

The software side runs Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and communicates via Bluetooth (v2.1 EDR) and WIFI (b/g) pathways (obviously we’d want to either augment this with storage memory for full disconnected ops).

I’d be concerned though after the news about Project Glass if I were Golden-i.   ’s targeted your market share and have fun opposing the giant but if you’ve got Microsoft backing you as a Windows platform provider you might be able to make it interesting.  I’d strive to lower the $2500 price point and continue to iterate your design.  A morph between the current Golden-i headset and the looks of ’s Glasses could pose an interesting competitive product.

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In what is possibly ’s first counter blow to the Siri capability that Apple released with the iPhone 4S, Project Glass and it’s augmented reality ability has significant promise. Obviously still in its first release iteration we’ve seen significant movement with augmented reality solely due to smart device commoditization.  

What I like:

  • The camera is always on.  This will ultimately lead to the equivalent of full life recording. I wish I could watch, fast forward or rewind through significant parts of significant world events or great leaders and family members lives.
  • Incorporation of things that still require a hand or tactile human interface device.
  • Continued fusion of human ability, information technology, and processor and cloud capabilities.
  • Opportunity to build upon current physical and information data ecosystems (=employment and jobs)
  • Improved personal safety; reduces the head down smart device walking syndrome that is spreading faster than H1N1.

Where I saw risk:

  • Predetermined route - Smart devices are starting to tell more than most people understand.  If I know you’re using ’s Glasses then there is a high probability that you’ll use their directions which I can then immediately target the most likely intercept point (obviously assuming I haven’t already compromised your glasses).  This is often dismissed as there are plenty of other methods due to geographic restriction of the number of possible routes.
  • Some lawyer will probably want to put a warning or user agreement on the simple human enjoyment like petting a dog while saying hello.
  • We still need to figure out a very conscious method to enabling the personal location broadcast capability.  Most individuals don’t continually assess their personal risk based on their progression through life.  This may come down to a training piece to the masses but I’m sure someone will blame or Facebook for getting mugged or kidnapped.
  • Not solely this technology but with “Check Ins” remember I can analyze your trends and do an exceptionally good job targeting you with 1, 15, or even 30 years of historical data.
  • The camera is always on.  This will ultimately lead to the equivalent of full life recording.  Where did the privacy line just shift in an entire “life” perspective?  Could this lead to analysis like in the movies Deja Vu or Minority Report?
  • With more and more video conferencing I’m going to need to get a lot more beauty sleep!

What did you “see” within the video and your life?

Update (25MAY12) - Check out the images and quick video of Project Glass in testing.

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