|Credit: Google/Screenshot by me|
My friend and colleague Sharon Vaknin recently received word that she is one of the lucky winners of the Google Glass Explorers program, and will soon be able to test out this futuristic device called Google Glass for herself.
What is Google Glass? It’s part screen, part camera, part enhanced reality, part translater, part voice assistant, part whatever in the heck we’re going to dream up for it to do next. This video shows some of the possibilities. It’s not hard to imagine a world where we soon won’t have to remember each other’s names because our Google Glass will tell us based on facial recognition.
Sharon and I got to chatting about our Google Glass future, and something dawned on me: Hands-free books are coming. The screen will be in front of our eyes. We’ll blink to or wave our hands or just think about the page turning or it will just know somehow and it will turn.
And let me tell you this: I, for one, welcome our coming hands-free-books overlords.
Yes yes, the turning of the pages. Yes, the tactile experience of holding something in your hands as you’re reading.
Me? I’ll be sprawled out on a hammock or easily riding a subway or sweeping my floors or tripping over the sidewalks trying to read and walk down the street. Who knows! I just know I’ll be able to read more if I don’t have to have something in my hands to do it.
I haven’t had a chance to try Google Glass, and from the video it looked like the screen was a bit small for long-form reading. I haven’t seen books as a part of its future concepts. This is still in firmly in the hypothetical phase.
But some form of ever-present hands-free screen is coming. It’s going to change our lives. And it’s just a few steps away from books being beamed directly to our brains.
Count me in. What about you?