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Google Glass demise: Lessons for wearables designers

Posted: 09 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS Industry Group? wearable? Google Glass? virtual reality? Microsoft?

Clearly, this is a good use of smart glasses and I wonder why Google didn't directly address such a market. Maybe it was not sexy enough for them, but alas, sex appeal can only last so long. Eventually the honeymoon is over and you're left with a pair of smart glasses that you don't want to wear in public.

I wonder if designers, architects and warehouse workers will ever use Microsoft's HoloLens or will its appeal be limited to gamers glued to their Xboxes? I have heard the reviews of these babies are pretty solid, though I have yet to see a pair worn in public.

At the 2015 International CES, I saw some pretty awesome VR glasses from Virtuix that gave users a realistic feeling of being in the battlefield of a video game. But given that I am not a video gamer, these glasses still aren't for me.

I can't help but wonder what else a system like the Virtuix Omni can enable. Can't we use these glasses for real-time on-the-job training for police, firefighters, paramedics and other rescue personnel? What about remote surgeries? What about teachers and students in an interactive classroom? Heck, maybe I can have a pair of smart glasses that can help me cook a decent meal without burning part of it. That would be a great quality of life improvement for my family!

Yes, we can push the envelope of where and how we use smart glasses. I am sure we will. Thanks to the MEMS and sensors inside them, along with sensor fusion algorithms and smart data analytics, we can and will create smart glasses that I'll want and treasure. I am excited to see where the next, post-Google Glass generation of smart glasses will take us.

- Karen Lightman
??MEMS Industry Group


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