Much is being made of the recent Google Glass project. Sergey Brin is the champion of Google’s latest venture into wearable technology. It’s difficult not to get excited by the recent developments. When analysts saw the initial mockups of Google Glass’s capabilities, many speculated that it was overblown and that reality could never match what was shown. Recent real-life use case scenarios however have belied those projections. Google Glass is indeed capable of most of what it promised and we’re just beginning to scratch the surface.
A few applications of wearable technology are obvious – taking pictures, recording videos and making phone calls. That last item will definitely change the face of the smartphone market and give a huge boost to VoIP services. This is because telecom carriers are generally slow-moving and a rapidly developing technological front like Google Glass will be greedily lapped up by the hundreds of VoIP service is available today. It might even go a long way towards breaking the iron grip that telecom carriers in the United States have over smartphones.
The developer’s edition of Google Glass is already out and a select few are in the process of testing them. One can be sure that many videos and uses will emerge in the coming months and Google has already projected a market release date at the end of 2013 – perhaps in time for the holidays. Now that would be something!
The implications for voice applications will be staggering. Smartphones will lose one of their core functionalities that will be transferred over to the new wearable technology. What this will mean for the future of smartphones is yet unclear. Most likely customers will still need them for applications that require a bigger screen. Web browsing immediately comes to mind. But so many of the immediate functions can be seamlessly transferred over. Could we be staring at the demise of the smartphone industry just as it’s started to get going?
These are extremely interesting questions. Handset manufacturers must be keeping an eye on the project warily wondering how this will change their fortunes. Or it might so happen that Google Glass never takes off in the first place – people might find it too geeky or inconvenient to use. One thing’s for sure – there will be at least some uptake of this new technology and VoIP will fill the gap of communication since it is unlikely that smart phone carriers will be able to capitalize quickly on the new hardware.