I was recently asked at school what I thought what the advantages and disadvantages are for wearable technology. I used my experience from Google Glass to answer and below is my response. Enjoy.
The view from a current Google Glass Explorer...
When it comes to wearable technology, I speak from experience. I am fortunate to say that I am indeed a Google Glass explorer. I have owned a pair since the twitter contest and have loved every minute of it. In my experience I believe that the positives outweigh the negatives. Unfortunately there are both. The device is truly life-changing though. As a person who is considered learning disabled, this tool has given me the ability to work and play like everyone else. Not only does it help me to remember what I have done, where I have been, and some of the great experiences that I've had, but it helps me stay connected when others are stuck behind their displays. While others are at concerts, theaters, or other live events trying to record their experience through their mobile device, because of Google Glass I can live differently. I can actually enjoy what I am experiencing without having to worry about holding up a phone, being in someone's way, or worse blocking someone's view. I simply give it a command to record a video and the rest is taken care of for me.
Google Glass is great for content creation. I don't think Its really made for anything else although with technology today you never know. In my opinion, it's a device to not only help enjoy and capture the world around you but but to enhance an experience.
The advantages are amazing. Not only can I record special events, but I can translate the most popular languages in an instant, get step-by-step navigation as I drive safely (I never have to take my eyes off the road to look at a GPS unit again), learn a language, get current updates to the news that I care about, and so much more. I can cook with out worrying about space to put my recipe book down as it's always floating in the air for me. I am constantly learning about the places I am with the help of geolocation applications. I can book a restaurant reservation (usually when I botch a recipe) in an instant, and in the privacy of my own home I can "Glassout" and listen to music and play games in my augmented reality.
The biggest disadvantages I see for wearable technology are similar to the ones that are mentioned in the medium article. Most especially those who are in the later phases. The bottom line is that the biggest disadvantage about wearable technology is not so much about the technology itself, but the people around those who use it.
I live in New York, and for the most part people are genuinely intrigued and excited about wearable technology especially Google Glass. However, with that being said, there are those who are extremely fearful. They don't like change. They don't like the fact that there is a camera looking at them regardless if I am looking at them or not. They don't understand that there is an obvious difference between when I am recording (the prism lights up) and when I am not (the prism goes opaque). When the device is on or off.
Those who are fearful don't even care for my explanation or any explanation for that matter. They don't want to hear about how it works. They are just so extremely fearful about a camera being in their face that even the slightest technophobe is apprehensive about learning how my device works. I think its those kind of people, the ones who are extremely fearful and apprehensive, are the ones who not only stifle the evangelization of new technology, but because of the lack of open-mindedness, don't help future generations grow with the tech resources that we currently have. Its very backwards as these same people who are so fearful of what I have on or how I live my life, forget about their smartphone in their pocket that has TWO cameras on it, or that the store they are in, has been watching them as they shop to not only deter theft, but to analyze shopping habits. Those who have worked in retail know very well about "plan-o-grams." Where do you think this data of where to put what in a store comes from?
I truly believe that wearable technology really is the future. Whether it's Google Glass, the new Apple watch, Android Wear, or an internet connected pair of contact lenses, I truly believe that wearable technology is here to stay. I just hope that our culture for fear of change, transforms to a culture of learning and being open-minded.
What do you think?