Developers and a few thousand people are currently the only ones in the world sporting Google Glass and I can’t help but think whether or not I would buy a pair. So I came up with a list of things that I’d like to see before I put up my money.
1. Facial Recognition
This would be awesome to have and it’d save people like me some embarrassment. If I meet someone, I will immediately forget their name. Google has just come out and said they will not be approving facial recognition apps/tech at this time, but I think that’s because people have this notion that Glass will just search your face and bring up results when it could be a lot smarter while keeping an eye on privacy. For example, they could do facial recognition, but only with my Google+ (read: Facebook) friends and quickly show me what they’ve been up to. Another idea, going back to forgetting-their-name thing, would be Google looking for an introduction, snapping a picture and saving the name so next time I see them at a convention or something it will just show me their name.
2. Google Goggles
Google Goggles was a nifty idea but it’s not the most convenient to use. Google Glass needs to just scan everything for me if I fixate on it, that would be the best. See a painting, give me the name and history. See a building, same thing. Product in a store, add to shopping list or cross off list, give me price comparison and reviews!
3. Automatic Translation
I know this is sort of built into Goggles but again it’s not convenient and clunky. I want the same as above, I fixate on something in another language, I want the translation overlayed on top. I know it can be done because World Lens has been doing for years. An added bonus would be currency and forms of measurement for us Yanks.