The point isn't the gadget: it's the combination of the intimacy of a device that is always with us and that only we use, with the power of cloud-based processing and storage. The wearable device itself is actually only the small, physical manifestation of a much larger service: Google Glass gives its wearers a head-up display, voice control and a forward-facing camera, but it's only through a connection to the internet that it can live up to its potential.
“The neurocam is the world's first wearable camera system that automatically records what interests you.
It consists of a headset with a brain-wave sensor and connects to an iPhone. The system estimates whether you're interested in something from the brain-waves captured by the sensor, and uses the iPhone's camera to record the scenes that appear to interest you.”
“A wave of companies, many of them start-ups, is creating wearable electronic tracking devices for nearly every part of the human body, from brainwave-monitoring headbands to smart socks. Retail revenue from wearable technology is predicted to reach $19 billion by 2018, according to a new study from Juniper Research.”
Inc has a gallery of wearable technology including some in the graph below from its magazine (sub required)
For motorcyclists, the view backward is a potential death-trap filled with blind spots — due to side-view mirrors that often are small and shaky — mitigated only by turning one's head, which momentarily takes your focus off the road.
Skully's mission is to keep a rider's eyes always looking forward, with relevant data projected in the bottom right corner of the helmet through a small prism reminiscent of the transparent square found on Google Glass.
Software maker Evernote has created a Google Glass note-taking app that can share notes and photos with other Glass wearers. The company’s chief executive officer, Phil Libin, predicts it will be used mostly at work. Glass features such as navigation, speech-to-text transcription, and video calling may be enough to attract corporate clients from health care to manufacturing to trucking, says Roger Kay, president of researcher Endpoint Technologies Associates—even at his projected starting price of $600 to $800. (Google wouldn’t disclose details on pricing.) Supervisors could use the gadget to film factory inspections; technicians could use it to retrieve product manuals. Kay says he expects Google to sell 3 million Glasses worldwide in its first year, with 2 million of those going to businesses and government agencies.
"New platforms are rare, but can be transformational, when they’re
based on great products with robust APIs, powerful distribution and
outstanding entrepreneurs. That’s exactly the goal of Glass and the
Glass Collective. At KPCB, we’ve done this before, with funds making early bets on new platforms for mobile devices, social networks and Java.
Glass blends real and digital experiences in your daily life. With
Glass you can take pictures, get reminders, look up directions, send
texts, and update social networks – all without a keyboard or
touchscreen. What’s striking is how Glass responds to the most natural
input of all: your voice.
Smart phones put the Web in our pockets. Glass puts the Web where we want it the most: right before our very eyes."
Photo of Doerr with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin with an early version of Glass in September 2011
Fashion meets functionality as Christian Lindholm from design firm, Koru discusses trends in smart watches, armbands with sensors, headpieces, Google Glass (in photo) and other wearable technology for consumers.
In meantime, industrial apps for firefighting and police work with headsets like Golden-i continue to also explode.
The video below shows a nice application for police work. At CES, there was an application for firefighters as CNET describes:
“The lightweight headset, developed by Kopin and Ikanos Consulting, offers a plethora of tech (such as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor) for the wearer that essentially acts as a powerful hands-free computer. The device contains a 14-megapixel camera, GPS, gesture control, speech recognition, and a micro display at the end of the headset stalk that simulates a 15-inch screen. A microSD port allows the user to record images or video during use.
A noise-cancelling microphone, which worked well in the loud halls of CES, corresponds to the built-in speech recognition that enables the wearer to control the software with their voice or speak with others. As for connectivity, the Golden-i features 3G/4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. “