The question, whether life imitates art, or art imitates life, has garnered many heated debates. In whichever way the ruling may swing, we can say for certain that Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek did, in many ways, inspire or instigate Google Glass. Though the real life Google Glass does not grant special powers like VISOR (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement), it does offer some interesting perspectives to living. The latest technology by Google is all set to impact the way we look at the world in an interesting way.
More so, it is likely to change the way we travel around the world, making it not only safer, but adding substance that goes beyond being just a tourist in a foreign land. Here’s taking a look at perspectives in which Google Glass will make travelling a wonderful ride!
Map Out Your Travels
Yes we have all seen, used, and favored Google Maps above many other navigation applications. However, with Google Glass, traveling gets a whole new dimension. It can navigate you to the exact identified destination, turn-by-turn without losing sight of the road. With the “voice action” feature you will be able to initiate directions and the near-magical device will take you places as if it was literally holding your hand and showing you the way. And all this while, all you did was just look through the Glass!
Never Be Lost Translation
Bill Bryson once said, “But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
But does it really? Or does it get interesting if you know the language of the far away distant land? Google Glass presents you with a unique experience of understanding the foreign language to enjoy with absolute ease, enhance the experience of, and etch, the local flavor in your mind for a longer time to come.
Equipped with Word Lens translated text appears on the user’s screen while the perspective remains intact, with the same color and font to retain the exact same experience. The Word Lens application has been developed to especially help you read road signs and maps in a foreign land in your own language to encourage travelling to newer places without inhibitions of being lost in translation.
The much-loved lonely planet with its intrigued lonely travelers (who maybe by choice), will find a resourceful companion in Glass at all times. When help is needed the most to find a restaurant when hungry, a bargain shelter when travelling on tight budget, or an ATM when there’s a cash crunch, Glass will provide help with just a command. And if the compact Genie on your eyes is lost, a simple MyGlass application will help you track it down amongst other things.
Share Experiences in Real-Time
For a parent on a business trip or a student on a road trip, wouldn’t it be a dream come true if they could share their experiences in real-time with people they love the most? Well, Glass makes this come true for you. Applications such as Livelens and Livestream enable users to share moments they are actually viewing in an “as is” format. This can also be the next step to objective documentation of events that can be shared at a later time with others, because sharing is truly caring.
From learning languages, researching while on the go, taking notes at the same time, and with a so many such possibilities that Google Glass provides its users the chance to learn about culture, history, geography, and politics of a places as they travel. With features that simply allow you to “google” information with a command and see the search results right in front of your eyes, this device is helping curious travelers learn about art, cuisine, architecture, and that every intrinsic factor comprising the place, right there and then!
Advantageous, Yet Sadly Accidental
The only drawback so far with Google Glass is: Does it really appeal to people who are not comfortable with wearing spectacles? Only time will answer this question. The other negative aspect of Glass is that could distract the user from the real sight, thus impairing vision and creating a chance of accidents. It thus raises a question about safety while using this device.
In totality, it can be said that Google Glass answers those childlike questions of what would happen if Genie really existed; what if things truly happened with just a command. Yes, Google Glass is a long way from being a Genie, but it is surely going to change perspectives towards travel in more ways than one. So we can safely say, in this case, life did imitate art.
About the author
Mukta Gaikwad is a writer with Transparency Market Research, contributes to the company with her exquisite language skills and also her valuable knowledge in the field of media and technology. A post-graduate in media, her first love is writing, through which she yearns to explore the impact of the Fourth Estate and technology on the commons of the economy.