Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Have You Heard About “Google Glass”?

It’s a computer screen attached to a pair of eye glasses. Here’s a description from Wikipedia

Google Glass (styled as "Google GLΛSS") is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project,[7] with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer.[1] Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format,[8] that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.[9][10] While the frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnering with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device.[1] The Explorer Edition cannot be used by people who wear prescription glasses, but Google has confirmed that Glass will eventually work with frames and lenses that match the wearer's prescription; the glasses will be modular and therefore possibly attachable to normal prescription glasses.[11]

Here’s a photo.

Google Glass Explorer Edition.jpeg

Google is still developing the item, but an anti-Google Glass movement already has gained momentum. Note that the wearer can make photos and videos of others in the vicinity.  Here’s a report from Legal Blog Watch. Would you forbid your students from wearing Google Glass in your classroom?


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