Earlier this month, Time.com listed its “Best Inventions of the Year 2012”. Among ‘Indoor clouds’, Body armour for women, switchblade drones, and robots; Google nabbed 15th spot with one of its biggest projects to date, called Project Glass.
Google glasses are simply a pair of glasses with a computer built in. The glasses only weigh a few ounces and have a tiny embedded camera attached. It also has a “heads-up display”, which projects data into the user’s field of vision onto a small screen above the right eye.
Some of the functions and features are nothing short of amazing. Users can take pictures, send messages and perform other functions through voice-activated commands. With Google glasses you can make phone calls and even use Google Maps – exactly in the same way we use a smartphone.
Google glasses will be available for consumers sometime in 2014.
If it acts and performs like a smartphone it has to be a smartphone…right?
Developers can already purchase Google Glasses for their own reasons, but did you know that Microsoft is also working on its own version? It’s safe to say that computerized glasses are now a sure thing in our future, but the question remains – will it replace the smartphone?
Microsoft filed a patent for its own type of Project Glass, however its R&D plans have a few distinctive differences compared to Google Glasses. Microsoft will use an augmented reality glass/heads-up display that is meant to supply users with various bits of trivia while you are watching a live event.
According to the patent, Microsoft wants to provide “supplemental information to a user with a head mounted display viewing a live event”. So, if you are watching a baseball game or live concert for example, Microsoft’s headset will feature additional information about the event.
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We are willing to bet if Microsoft is working on its own version of Google glasses then so is Apple. When it comes to smartphones or any bit of technology, things have a way of getting a lot smaller for better usability. Smartphones and tablets were developed for many reasons, one of them being to make our lives simpler with easy navigation. Even though we have had voice-activation for some time, it was only a matter of time until we didn’t really need to carry anything in our hands at all.
Like stated above, Google plans to launch its Glass Project in 2014 for consumer use; which means we can expect many other similar devices to pop up – perhaps even sooner. This might be a bold prediction, but considering the next step in the evolution of the smartphone will be worn instead of held, we might just see the beginning of the end of the device all together. Let’s say by 2015?
What do you think? Is the end near for smartphones as we know it? Share with us in the comments below.