Google Glass as a product offers a peak into the future mirrored only by the Oculus Rift. Instead of virtual reality, this product attempts to merge the real world and the virtual world to allow the user to interact with the virtual aspect of the device (such as social mediums, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) whilst being on the go and away from other more strenuous devices to use, as it is shaped as glasses, hence the ‘Glass’.
The product it closely relates to are the mobile phones, of which this product has the potential to replace as a way of technological convergence being more hands free and having a greater level of interactive involvement.
A notable use was an orthopedic surgeon in Jaipur using a Google Glass to successfully perform a foot and ankle surgery of which was thus broadcasted live on the internet. First of all, allowing the surgeon to successfully perform the surgery increases the interactivity factor as it allowed him to utilise the technology to his advantage. Second and lastly, the entire social aspect of involving viewers in the procedure of the surgery opens up avenues for educational systems to learn in such a way from professional performing the job live.
Dnaindia.com. 2014. NRI doctor successfully performs surgery in Jaipur with help of Google Glass – Sci/Tech – dna. [online] Available at: http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-indian-doctor-successfully-performs-surgery-in-jaipur-with-help-of-google-glass-1949501 [Accessed: 13 Jan 2014].
Google.co.uk. 2014. What it Does – Google Glass. [online] Available at: http://www.google.co.uk/glass/start/what-it-does/ [Accessed: 13 Jan 2014].