Google has started showing off Project Glass, a mobile computing interface contained in a pair of eyeglasses. Now I love cool, future-reaching technology. Most of them, even from the huge players, are demoware that never sees the light of day. But that's okay. They inspire and inform where technology is heading -- and that technology is increasingly mobile.
Apple doesn't do demos, of course. They typically take the stage, show off a finished product, and announce a ship date a few weeks, or at most a few months, off. But Apple is also an increasingly mobile-centric technology company, and we need no further proof of where they're headed than Siri headlining the iPhone 4S launch.
Technology is becoming more accessible via interfaces that are more natural all the time. Whether Google brings the first mainstream, successful implementation of this type of device to market first, or Microsoft does, or Apple does, or some non-traditional player like Amazon or Facebook does is the question. While Google probably isn't showing all their cards yet, what they are showing is intriguing:
We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.
Is a pair of HUD-style glasses with this type of user-experience something you're interested in? Would you like to see something like this with the Apple logo on it and a Siri-based UI? Or is this still the realm of sci-fi for now?