Google Glass is the latest soon-to-be world dominating piece of technology from our friends at Google. It’s computer glasses, basically. Because I don’t understand technology, I went to Wikipedia for some information. Google Glass is a “wearable computer” that is planned to become the world’s first “mass-market ubiquitous computer” which sounds simultaneously horrifying and pretty awesome. From what I’ve gathered it sounds like a smartphone and a laptop on your face. The future. It’s also impossible to wear without looking totally ridiculous.

"I just uploaded 4 GB of Animal Collective bootlegs to my glasses. What did you do today?" (photo credit: Mashable)

“I just uploaded 4 GB of Animal Collective bootlegs to my glasses. What did you do today?” (photo credit: Mashable)

Some wonderful gentleman had the bright idea to wear this thing while playing hockey and the result was actually pretty dang cool, if I do say so myself. The video shows a first person perspective of a hockey player from an angle that, to my knowledge, has never been accurately captured before. It also gives me a little bit of motion sickness.

I’m not sure how they can strap this thing on an NHL player without it getting smashed to bits but, if they can figure it out, wouldn’t you like to see what Sidney Crosby sees, for example? We just need a HUD on this sucker to make life look even more like a video game.

Next step: save points in real life. Make it happen, Google.


Comments (13)

  1. It’s basically like if you had a HUD in your contact lenses. So you get a text message and a little notification pops up in the corner of your eye, or you’re walking somewhere and you can have directions transparently superimposed over a corner of your vision. This particular part though, seems like it could be accomplished by putting a tiny camera in a visor.

    Also, Glass costs $1500, so I’d be terrified to wear it playing hockey.

    Hopefully if they get popular enough that lots of people are wearing them, they won’t make everyone look like a total doofus.

  2. That video is pretty cool, but you could pretty much get the same effect by strapping a small camera to Sidney Crosby’s helmet.

    The special thing about Google Glass is what’s pointed the other direction: into the wearer’s eye. So, hypothetically speaking, Sydney Crosby could have a HUD of all the other players’ locations.

    Would that be fair? I don’t know. If you ever played GoldenEye, would you play with the radar on or off? Personally, I used to just look at the other player’s screens. I think everyone secretly did it so it totally wasn’t cheating.

  3. What good does this device do? what’s the point of it?

    • It gives you information, mostly. It’s like a smartphone, if your smartphone screen was superimposed over your vision and available at all times. Because it’s always on, it also has the potential to offer you all kinds of contextual information in real-time too. For example, you could look at Starbucks and it would tell you whether it’s open or closed, and what they’re brewing as the bold that day (it doesn’t actually do that in its current incarnation, but it could).

  4. Cool little experiment, but wouldn’t it be much cheaper (and safer for the players’ eyes) to use a GoPro?

  5. How long until Justin adds a systems analysis here?

  6. I’d be more interested to see this technology get incorporated into helmets and visors. You could project the Augmented Reality information and other HUD elements onto the visor to give players some extra information on what is going on around them. Plus they wouldn’t look weird wearing the glasses frames on the ice.

  7. I wonder what Crosby’s power level is?

  8. Motion sickness on the sea can result from being in the berth of a rolling boat without being able to see the horizon. Sudden jerky movements tend to be worse for provoking motion sickness than slower smooth ones, because they disrupt the fluid balance more.:—

    Keep it up

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