July 26, 2014

Five uses for Google Glass

Written By Martin Sandhu
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Google Glass has been called a gimmick, a waste of money and many other things since it was first revealed by the search giant. However, opinion is divided on Google’s latest invention. Could it actually turn out to have a bigger effect on all our lives than many people have predicted? Here are some of the practical uses that Google Glass comes with that may see its popularity go beyond just a niche product.

1. Keeping Fit

Wearable technology has been strongly targeted towards the fitness market so far, with a slew of fitness bands hitting the shelves over recent months. Google Glass will almost certainly take fitness even further by providing a range of unique features.

For example, runners will be able to see navigations while they are running a route, which will be especially useful in a new location. They will also be able to measure their speed, time themselves, and even compete against themselves by comparing their run to that of the previous day.

That’s just running, however, and there are many potential fitness uses for Glass, including golf apps to improve swing. It is almost certain that many more fitness apps will be released to make this one of the main areas of use for Glass.

2. Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) has already appeared on smartphones, but could Google Glass bring it further into the mainstream? For example, you can easily imagine going into a museum or gallery and bringing up live information about a particular painting or artefact right there in front of your eyes, perhaps in the form of a video or audio commentary. Or perhaps you could use it to bring up details about landmarks that surround you when you are exploring a new place. The options are almost limitless.

3. Translation

Imagine landing in a foreign country and being able to understand all the signs instantly. That is surely going to be a major use of Google Glass, if not right now then in the near future. Getting a translation powered by Google Translate right in your field of vision without having to do anything other than look at the foreign sign will be a revelation for travellers.

4. Assisting the Disabled

People with disabilities may well be able to use Glass to interact with the world around them with greater ease. For example, paralysed people could potentially use Glass to communicate using their eyes, and people with hearing problems could use apps that listen to conversations and print the words on the screen in real time.

5. Navigation

One of the key uses of Google Glass will be to navigate around towns and cities. Now you won’t have to take out your phone to get directions, and you can just let Google Glass guide you, giving you greater freedom as you travel around.

The Next Big Thing?

These are just five of the things that Google Glass will almost certainly be used for by thousands – or millions – of people in the near future. And that’s not even including the more mundane uses for Google Glass, like checking a to-do list on the go, getting help with preparing a meal without using your hands, or even just reading the latest headlines.

Will any of them prove useful enough to make everyone wear a pair? Only time will tell. But it’s clear that when the price goes down, Google Glass could well prove to be the next big thing.