Google Glass is currently in the first stage of a big dream: How can a computer strapped to one’s head that displays a mini screen in front of the right eye of a person be used for day-to-day tasks?
It’s well accepted that Google Glass is going open up to developers, who will create amazing apps that will aid everyone from doctors to journalists, to artists.
Today, Google Glass is still in beta. The general public has been invited to tell Google how they would use Glass and help bring it to fruition once public. After receiving an invitation from Google, a consumer needs to pay $1,500.
So what kind of careers will benefit from Google Glass? Let’s take a look at a few.
Google Glass may still be in beta, but it’s already made it way to the operating room.
In the first real-world example that’s showing the true value of the wearable technology, leading hospitals at Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco are beginning to show how Glass is making an impact even before it’s opened up to developers.
In October, UCSF’s Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon, became the first doctor to use Glass during surgery. The surgeon pre-loaded images of the patient before surgery and used them as references while he operated.
“To be able to have those X-rays directly in your field without having to leave the operating room or to log on to another system elsewhere, or to turn yourself away from the patient in order to divert your attention, is very helpful in terms of maintaining your attention where it should be, which is on the patient 100 percent of the time,” Theodore told SingularityHub.com
In fact, the doctor has performed a dozen surgeries using Glass. There are some rules: They had to take away any personal information from the images in order to comply with confidentiality laws.
The fact that surgeons are using Glass shows its true potential. Journalists could find Glass helpful, in addition to the everyday business employee, who needs to references information on the job. It saves time by putting information right in front of your face.
Today’s journalists — both newspaper and television — are constantly on the go, searching for that next story, keeping readers updated and not only writing, but also tweeting, taking photos and recording videos to supplement their content. A good (if somewhat light-hearted) example is noted technology and search journalist Danny Sullivan taking shots of Google glass at Comic Con 2013.
Google Glass is poised to be the ultimate tool for journalists. Not only will it help them with directions with mapping apps and Yelp reviews, but it will especially help when it comes to multimedia tasks.
How natural will it be to do a video interview with a source by looking at them directly in the eye without holding a camera? That’s much less intimidating than sticking a big camera in someone’s face.
Google Glass uses cellular data by linking with a smartphone via Bluetooth, so there’s a good chance that developers will create a live video feature that will let journalists go live from the scene — perfect for breaking news situations where the scene and everything that is going on is most important. If Google or a third party creates a strong microphone for Glass, it could be a total game-changer.
Feature stories will also benefit from the video capabilities that Glass can provide from that first person perspective. Day in the life stories, extreme sports, or whatever special story that needs to be told with a video element will benefit from Glass.
Sure the Internet is dominating when it comes to shopping, but the traditional retail store still has a place in today’s marketplace and Glass can help those employees and even customers make the experience more interactive.
Imagine walking into a store with a body profile loaded for you into Google Glass. When you look at a piece of clothing, Glass will detect a special tag on the piece and show you a photo of what you look like in that shirt, dress or outfit.
For retail employees, they’ll have an instant inventory of what’s in the back, so when a certain size isn’t available, they can scan the tag by looking at it, and seeing what’s left.
If a particular store suggests employees help matchup outfits for customers, that database could also be available at the blink of an eye or by saying, “OK Glass…”
One day, Google Glass, or wearable technology similar to it, will make the real estate business extremely interactive. Potential homebuyers will walk into a house and see it come to life in front of them.
Realtors could tag specific parts of the room that Glass would pick up on and display additional information and live video, perhaps of that room decorated. Not only would it give an interactive experience for the homebuyer, it would also let the realtor spend less on showing a home and dressing it up with fancy furniture. All of that could be done digitally.
Those same tags of the entire house could also be placed in online or newspaper ads. Google Glass might be a few years away still from making its way to the general public, but the possibilities
Top image via: Google Glass (infographic) – How it works