Ever since the announcement of Google Glass earlier this year, I’ve been following its progress with great interest.
Just in case you’ve not heard of Google Glass yet, it’s a wearable computer mounted within a pair of glasses which displays information in a smartphone-like handsfree format and can be voice-activated. You can find out more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass
I’m hugely excited about the potential for this new piece of technology to make a difference to people’s lives especially in terms of helping to improve accessibility.
I have MS, walk with two crutches and can think of lots of ways that I could benefit from using the handsfree Google Glass.
I’m often frustrated by the fact that I can’t use my hands while walking due to using crutches, stopping me from spontaneously doing lots of things such as texting, following Google maps, using apps, taking photos etc.
For this reason, it was great to see this short film made about Alex Blaszczuk, a wheelchair user who has been using Google Glass to support her to do all sorts of things including going camping with her friends:
Although it sounds like there’s still plenty of room for improvement accessibility-wise, for example Google Glass isn’t currently compatible with hearing aids:
I think it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on how Project Glass develops and how people choose to use it.
Google Glass, listed as one of Time’s Best Inventions of the Year 2012, should be available to consumers in 2014.