The Google Glass demo has been stuck in my mind for the past 24 hours.
First-person POV imagery is a powerful effect. It’s no coincidence it’s the POV used for some of the most popular video game franchises of all time. It’s a small user experience tweak on photography that could easily launch a whole new genre.
But did we just see a demo of the Altair or the Apple II? Only time will tell, but my guess is that the form of wearable computing we will all use in 20 years won’t live inside the glasses frame. Today it lives in the pocket, which isn’t a useful place. Some people are guessing it will be on the wrist.
As we see an explosion in the number of connected devices (internet-enabled fridges?), I think the right answer is “E) All of the above.” Glass will be one piece of the many connected devices we were on us at all times 20 years from now.
If you’re interested in this future too, read Vernor Vinge’s Rainbow’s End… a wonderful sci-fi book about what the future of wearable computing could look like. It’s a really well thought out vision.
I can’t want to see what the HUD of Google Glass will look like. An interface that is always in my constant partial attention field of view will be very difficult to build in an unobtrustive way. The “Clippy” of this market will be too easy to build, and will happen again.