Remember Google Glass? Yeah, we thought that was the future, didn’t we? I think that idea just kind of faded, but I think we all know that someday we will all have one of these smartgoggles just like we all have mobile phones, most of us.
Yeah, good ideas just don’t die, and this Google Glass version 2 is no exception. In fact, it would appear that the CEO of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica says that the next generation of the Glass will be soon. Yes, this is Luxottica company that made Oakley and Ray-Ban is going to make the second version of Google Glass.
So, what will the next version of Google Glass look like? I would like to think it would look cool and not well…nerdy like the first version. There, I said it. Yes, let’s see how this one goes.
It’s pretty clear that Google Glass is going to be the new smartphone, as soon as imitators bring the price down to at least below $1,000. I believe that the controls are done with voice or touch, but now the power of mind is getting into the equations.
This is the MindRDR, and it uses a method of controls that I have seen before, like with the NeuroSky with their Neocomimi cat ears. It uses an EEG biosensor as an executable command that works with Google Glass.
According to my sources, the MindRDR allows users to take photos and then upload these photos to Facebook and Twitter. I have no idea when this is coming out, but this is really some great technology.
I have often talked about Google Glass before, as it is a device that will probably change everything. After all, people are on their smartphones constantly, why not strap them to your face?
I believe that certain laws will be made so that Google Glass users will not be able to drive. This really isn’t any surprise to me. What really shocked me was hearing news that a restaurant patron was asked to leave because he wore a Google Glass.
The restaurant was known as Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge, and the patron was Nick Starr. The owner of the restaurant, David Meinert, has banned Google Glass in their other restaurant as well. Worse yet, this owner has posted on his Facebook page this message: “And if we ask you to leave, for God’s sake, don’t start yelling about your “rights”. Just shut up and get out before you make things worse”.
This seems like a lot of hullabaloo. I can’t imagine that there would be so much issue over this Google Glass. After all, the menu of Lost Lake encourages sharing via Twitter. Why in the world would you not want a Glass user taking shots of this.
I guess if I was the head of a big tech company, I would probably enjoy building structures to do more than just get attention. After all, Amazon is creating that Bio-dome in Seattle, and now I hear that Google is building something in the San Francisco Bay.
I find it very odd that Google is building this thing, and according to my sources, it is being built for the purpose of selling Google Glass. From what I heard, this structure on a barge is being made near Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, and will be towed close to the city when the Glass really breaks onto the market.
I could have sworn that the Glass was already out, but I’ve yet to be walking down the street and see someone actually wearing it. You would think something like that would be a target for muggers.
But I digress. I certainly think this is the weirdest type of marketing that I have seen, assuming this is true. This would be like Apple putting their next new iPhone or iPads on a boat to sell. It is like a tech ark or something.
I know that I am all excited about Google Glass, and I have just that a new patent filing is showing that this head-mounted viewing system might be used to control objects.
Just imagine being able to look at an object, select it on Google Glass, and take it over. Think copy machine, coffee maker, alarm system, television, refrigerator, or garage door.
Of course, it won’t work on the garage door as you drive up. Apparently, some bill in West Virginia has been proposed that will make it “illegal to drive while using a wearable computer with heat mounted display”. Yes, Google Glass apparently prompted this bill.
Considering that one cannot use items like an iPod or smartphone behind the wheel, I am not too surprised that someone is proposing the idea of not wearing Google Glass in the driver’s seat. Although it would come in handy for getting directions, I can totally see how some people might misuse Google Glass, very easily. Do you really want the next accident to happen because some idiot was watching a video on his or her Google Glass?
I mean, I can totally see Google Glass being used on say, a date. In fact, someone else has. I have that video after the jump.