Ok, I admit to getting sidetracked this morning at work reading about those spiffy new Google glasses. Boss, if you read this, um, I already finished the TPS Report. I see the new Google glasses as the kind of really cool thing that I'd like for myself, but at the same time I am not so sure everyone running around with them is necessarily great. Kinda like I feel about an M1A1 Abrams. Yeah, yeah, hypocritical, but there you go. I like the idea of being able to read, say, ITWorld, when I've been dragged into a boring conversation, but the idea of others reading or watching Netflix while engaged in a stimulating, intelligent chat with me, well, that is not as appealing.
I could see glasses with a HUD as being very useful. Think about navigating through a strange city and having directions and maps seemingly floating in space in front of you as you drive, not requiring you to look away to search for a device. Or facts about things you are looking at popping up as you travel. Or a schematic popping up as you work. Or a service manual being instantly accessible while you are working on a problematic piece of hardware. Things like that seem great.
What do you think? Are these glasses going to be something that changes how we interact with our environment, or are they going to create a barrier between the individual and the wider world?