“Smart glass”, an exploration to build a new era in the field of technology.
Day by day, where everyone is exploring new mechanics, there are older technologies too, that are still controversial. One of which is a Smart Glass. This article focuses on smart glass, the concept behind its discovery, applications and impact on the market, and its lack of existence. A smart glass, something more than ordinary specs, have made the generation feel more comfortable with the emerging technologies. Smart glasses have been in the news from years. Many times being experimented, tested and disapproved too, but still, no one can ignore the wondrous idea behind it. Smart glass is something like a computing device in front of the eyes. No matter where the person is, what is the location, either standing or sitting, a smart glass can easily enhance the user’s vision. The basic idea behind this invention was to create a virtual world for the user to relate and get in touch with. Being worn by many people from the 13th century, it was the 21st century when it actually came into the market. Babak Parviz was the man behind smart glass or we can say google glass. But unfortunately, some reasons bought it to failure even before getting fully launched.
WHAT IS A SMART GLASS?
Smart glasses are wearing computer glasses that add information to what the wearer sees. Glasses that can give a description regarding what we see. One of the main reasons behind the invention of smart glasses, parallel to smartphones, was to make it easy for the spectacle wearers to get engaged with the techs, and they don’t need to remove their glasses for having experiences of the virtual world. A smart glass supports a number of additional properties that make the user explore many things at the same time. Bluetooth, Microphones, GPS, wifi, all are provided by a single smart glass. It is not worth to use the word “smartphones” instead of “smart glasses”.
Sounding like something out of a science-fiction movie, but has made an immense impact on the technology mindsets. We can record movies, take photos, and can send and receive audio and video files to and from others. Taking pictures is now a little easier. And the idea is that you can do it hands-free. Some smart glass models also feature full lifelogging and activity tracker capability. Voice translators are other smart concepts under the working of smart glasses.
Fig 1: Prototype of Smart GlassA story that will be in history, something that will be told to the future generations. Yes, smart glasses have become a story since 2015, when the program was made to an end. April 2015, the first time when Google announced the PROJECT GLASS. For years, Google worked. By 2012 & 2013, wish to patent ideas came. Glass shapes, workings got explored and Google started selling its wearable to qualified “Glass Explorers” for an eye-watering sum of $1,500. Google was thinking something different as usual, so the commitment was to make it for all form glasses. It was 2014 when the basic problem arrived, that was “looks”. June 2014, Google invented a new way of delivering sound to the Glass wearer: ultrasonic waves. But it wasn’t that easy. The complications arise; looks, shape, slimmer body, these issues made restrictions for further designing. It was 2015 when the end of the program got announced. The dream was over for them. An extreme proficient ; innovative idea was now dismissed.
But, good ideas always strike back in a most wondrous way. The glass team re-announced the product, “AURA” and is working on the future version of so-called, GOOGLE GLASS.
In this section different possible applications are there, that we can categorize as medical, education, entertainment, and sports. The goal is to show how useful smart glasses can be in different fields.
Smart glasses were not primarily made for health care, but the healthcare industry is finding new ways to use the wearable technology. Smart glasses can be used by doctors to view the information such as patient’s data within their field of vision and simultaneously performing other tasks or procedures. Doctors need not look at different screens or stepping away from the patient in order to look for test results. It can also be used during surgeries for data visualization or video recording which will improve the efficiency during surgeries.
Parallel to the medical field, Smart glass can be incredibly useful in the classroom. Smart glass can be beneficial for both teachers and students. It can change the educational experience and can help the students to learn in a better way. It can be used to stream videos right in front of the eyes with which a student will have a better clarity of the topic. Teachers can get benefit from the smart glass when creating schedules, which can be shared with their students. Smart glass can be used for education in many ways, but for that, a lot of applications need to be developed and there are not many developers for smart glass.
Smart glass can be used in the cinemas for a better experience. In cinemas, it can be used by providing personal subtitles in the language of the choice. It can also be used as a virtual reality cinema experience. Smart glass can change the way people experience a movie. It can also give a new direction to the gaming experience. Augmented reality games can make a big market for smart glass.
It came to be a professional idea while discovering smart glass concept. Everyone was seeing forward for advancement in the virtual world, especially, the spectacle wearers. The Smart glass companies were trying their best to make it a big market. But few bounds were there as usual. High-profile acquisitions and direct investments by large companies and still challenges remain. Privacy and the etiquette and ethics of using the device in public and recording people without their permission was the most basic ground behind the lack of existence in the market. Cables are frequently required to connect a hands-free display to the networking, or to the battery pack. While these form factors solve many problems such as battery life and device weight, they still leave many cravings for an all-in-one device. Another bother was the bulky glasses and their high range, which is still persuasive. So overcoming these challenges is a big task for the smart glass companies.