7 Ways Google Glass Could Improve Our Lives
Google Glass definitely looks a little funky and may seem like a pretty unlikely success, but the experts have spoken: it’s the way of the future. Most people can figure out the obvious uses for Google Glass, like surfing the web, using it like a Bluetooth, or checking the time, but some particularly innovative minds out there have come up with much more exciting ideas.
1. Nutrition as you go:
There are already tons of apps out there to help you navigate nutrition panels, ingredient lists, and calorie counting. Just a little tweaking and you could run them with only your voice to check out your food at the grocery store or restaurant before you buy it.
2. Health stats on the run:
Several different people are already working on Google Glass apps for this one. The basic idea is that you could have a virtual coach who gives you instruction, encouragement, and even calorie counts while you work out.
3. First-hand tutorials:
Since Google Glass sits on your face like eyeglasses, it offers tutorial-makers the chance to teach you from their perspective. You could finally relearn piano, simply by watching someone else’s hand play over your own.
4. Real-time translation:
This use for Google Glass, like other real-time translation tech already out there, may still leave a little to be desired in terms of accuracy. However, it could offer people the chance to have subtitles, facilitating easy, everyday conversations across languages.
5. Enhanced exhibitions:
Museums are often on the forefront of interactive exhibition and it looks like Glass will be no exception. Exhibit-specific apps could give you access to extra information about historical sites or featured artists. Plus, no more scrounging around your purse for the floor map, potentially.
6. Assistance for the disabled:
As with the real-time translation, Google Glass may be able to transcribe conversations for people who are hearing impaired. It may also help blind people by giving them walking directions or, through the use of facial recognition, tell them about the reactions of people they’re talking to.
7. Health care help:
Google Glass has already been used during two surgeries on record, and many surgeons see the potential in using Google Glass to record visual as well as their audio notes during difficult surgeries so that they could later share those with others. In emergency situations, Glass wearers may also be able to access first-aid instruction, call for help, and give their exact locations through GPS tracking.
Lead photo source: (cc) Antonio Zugaldia