Use Cases Could Be Epic

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-09 Print this article Print

Use cases for Google Glass, and other wearable computing systems like it, could be epic. These would be unequaled for legal depositions, crime investigations, "he said/she said" disputes, auto accidents, close plays at the plate, sightseeing, recording "how-to's," ghost explorations, simply visiting with friends and family -- you name it.

In any case, a whole new IT market is already in the works right now. Google (co-founder Larry Page pictured) is promoting Glass heavily to the development community, and for good reason. Other companies already are beginning to jump on this, hoping to become standard providers of this future tech. Google says it's probably a year away from a commercially ready system.

The king of IT secrecy, Apple, is said have submitted a patent application and to be putting substantial time and effort into this. Japanese camera-maker Olympus on July 5 was one of the first to make an announcement about a similar device, revealing that it is working on a new wearable computer called MEG4.0.

Olympus posted a press release about this in Japanese on its Website. The translation into English by Google was a little rough: €œ"(Meg 4.0) MEG4.0" ultra-compact wearable display prototype can be used in everyday life. Equipped with Bluetooth, such as smart phones and wireless connection can be. In addition, at the same time to achieve a compact, lightweight, low power consumption, was also enables continuous use for a long time. The company has a research and development of wearable display than ever before. MEG4.0, the newly developed prototype is that brings together the technology developed to date,€ it read in part.

The Olympus version uses Bluetooth to connect to smartphones and other devices, then displays data (such as email, mobile Websites and imagery) on its lenses. It's not a real-time webcam like Google's, but it is nonetheless wearable computing.

Devices That Could Change Our Cultures

Devices like these stand a good chance of changing our cultures. How will knowing that what we say and how we say it can be recorded at any time and filed in some cloud service for future reference? With smartphone addiction already afflicting hundreds of millions of people, how will perpetual video of everyday life and the ability to check email simply by looking up and to the right affect us? Will we suddenly become a more truthful society?

Google's demonstration on June 27 made some good points. While we are reaching for our cameras and smartphones to get a photo of a child giggling, for example, we often miss the best expressions while we're busy and looking away, setting up the photo. With Google Glass, you miss nothing and save everything.

Of course all that video can be edited down, but that would be a tedious job, taking up hours of time each day. The repercussions of this are many, and we will revisit them in eWEEK as time goes along.

One thing we know for sure: The storage companies can't wait for these to get into the markets and onto users' heads.

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features and Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: @editingwhiz


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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