Google Glass is a wearable technology that users wear in front of their eyes, similar to a pair of glasses (and it can be worn in conjunction with regular glasses). This technology can capture images and record video as you wear it. You can also use Google Glass to view information about your physical location creating a virtual “overlay” onto your view of your physical surroundings. Google Glass is an example of wearable technology, a focus of the 2014-2015 DDI call for proposals.
One unassailable truth of new and emerging technologies such as those DDI explores is this: Some of it will be be shown to be useful; some won’t. Some will have a long life; some won’t. Some will be ready for educational use sooner than others. Google Glass is an example of a technology that, after exploration by a number of early adopters, has been withdrawn from the marketplace so Google can redesign the technology based on feedback. In the meantime, those early explorers were likely able to influence Google’s redesign as well as design efforts from other companies and got an early opportunity to begin thinking about potential benefits and concerns.
Note that Google Glass was our first exploration into the category of wearable technology. See “Wearable Technology” on the DDI projects page for more information.
Projects funded by DDI during 2014-2015:
“Google Glass for Safety and Quality Improvement for Neurosurgeons” (Google Glass replaced by Vusix M100)
“On Site and On Location: Augmented Cultural History with Google Glass”