By now, most of us have heard of Google’s latest endeavor to give us what we…may or may not need: smart glasses. These futuristic ‘Google Glasses’ allow users to access a world of holographic information, making it possible to use the internet (and more) without having to drag out those cumbersome smartphones. Though critics have been quick to poke fun at the unattractive eye gear, deeming it ‘impractical’, the poor acclaim hasn’t discouraged competition from attempting to get a piece of the action.
Meta, a start-up company in Silicon Valley, is just one of many competitors working on improving the Google Glass. Unlike Google’s version, Meta hopes to create not only a holographic world that you can control with your voice, but with your own hands. Almost as if pulled from a science fiction novel, the user would be able to live in an enhanced reality of 3-D images.
In spite of the hype, the future for Google Glass and others is still in question. Google Glass itself is still unavailable to the general public and priced at $1,500. Though the price will drop once it reaches mass consumption, a number of problems, such as the lack of privacy, has given Google Glass a bad reputation. Many people worry about being filmed unknowingly and a number of establishments have banned so-called ‘Glassholes’ from wearing the technology inside.
The future may be now, but will it be popular? Ask Google.