Remember when you decided it took too long to fire up the laptop, so you got a smart phone and started doing most of your day-to-day communicating on the go? Email just wasn’t fast enough, so you went to instant messaging. And then Facebook wasn’t quick enough, so you had to add Twitter to your life.
Well, let’s face it; the smart phone is becoming annoyingly slow too. Let’s say that you see something happening and you want to get a picture or a video. You have to dig the phone out of your pocket, purse or briefcase, turn it on and select the photo app. By then, the event you were trying to capture is over. Bummer!
Or, you’re driving in heavy traffic and you suddenly remember something you need to take care of. You’re afraid you’ll forget. You need to write it down or record a memo. Where is that stupid phone? It’s dangerous to use it while driving, but you don’t want to risk forgetting to do this thing. Argh!
Enter the newest smart technology that doesn’t need to be hunted down or turned on — a device that’s always at your beck and call, just waiting for you to tell it what to do next and streaming information to you on the go: Google Glass.
Early versions of the product, which you may have seen in TV ads, made the wearer look like a malevolent warrior from a Sci Fi movie – not the sort of image you’d want to project if you value your business contacts or if you want to make new friends.
Thankfully, Google has seen the light and its geeks have sought the assistance of fashion experts to create a new line of eyewear with the Google Glass computer built into the frame. To compensate for the added weight of the computer, designers used über- lightweight titanium for the frames. The design puts the computer screen just above your field of vision when you’re looking straight ahead so that it doesn’t interfere with your normal vision, yet you only need to glance to the upper right when you want it. You can control the computer with either voice commands, or, if you want privacy in a crowd, touch commands along the right temple of the eyeglass frame.
Is this just a fad or is it the next step in the information technology revolution? It’s too early to tell, but here’s an interesting indicator: Medical Doctors Carl Spitzer and Craig Rosenberg have teamed up to launch Healium, a company that develops software for the Google Glass device that can be used by EMT squads, in emergency rooms, or during surgery. Making a medical professional’s use of technology hands free is huge. It saves precious time, which could save lives. In the same context, Rhode Island Hospital’s Emergency Department announced that it will use Google Glass technology to stream live images of a patient’s medical condition to a consulting specialist located elsewhere. It’s the first in the nation to test Google Glass on medical conditions, see the link below:
Want to see what it looks like? We have samples available to try on and explore. They can be fitted with your prescription in a variety of lens styles, including single-vision, sunglass or progressives. Frames and lenses are even eligible for subsidies through the VSP insurance program. Come explore with us!