The Google Glass was created in order to create an augmented reality, which combines the real world with augmentation. Augmented reality can make static objects interactive using a computer-generated image. This reality enriches a user’s perception of reality.
The Google Glass is an optical head-mounted display that looks exactly like eyeglasses. This type of augmented reality eyewear was developed by X and used to portray information just as a smartphone would. However, these glasses are special because it requires no hands. These glasses were used to watch TV, as well as a GPS while driving. The features of the Google glass include a touchpad, allowing the user to slide backwards and upwards through different applications, a camera, allowing the user to take pictures and videos, and a display that allows the user to see clear.
However, the Google Glass did not perform as planned and received many criticisms. One big concern was the privacy reasons. Users are wearing a camera on their face, which can take videos and pictures at all times. This can lead to people getting video tapped who don’t want to be, users videotaping a movie at the cinema, users videotaping at the casino, etc. The Google Glass also did not perform well due to the fact the headset didn’t have a clear function. The two main functions were to take pictures and gather information, which makes it obvious that “obtaining the Google Glass offered no clear benefit to the consumers whatsoever” (Doyle).
Alphabet announced the Google Glass Enterprise Edition will come out in 2017 with better functions. While one big reason the Google Glass did not perform well the first time was due to the glasses not having a clear function for the consumer. The Google Glass Enterprise Edition is not targeted to consumers but rather targeted to companies. “According to a Google Glass website Alphabet has published, a host of prominent companies are using the technology, including General Electric and DHL” (Fortune). This poses a question, will the Google Glass be a big improvement than the original or will it be another failure?