Google Glass – enabling new layers of context
If you’ve followed me for a while on this blog you know I’ve written about some different UI/UX paradigms in the past, mostly focusing on the rise of tablets and touch computing and the passing of the stylus into niche areas and near obscurity.
The scary and exciting thing about all of these changes is that they happen nearly overnight with the launch of a pivotal product and the entire market shifts. The most amazing thing about these changes is that once our perceptions are changed, we forget the old paradigms seemingly overnight and the new changes permeate the way we interact.
Google did this with search, Apple did it with the iPhone. I think Google is going to do it again with the Glass.
Once I had constant and immediate access to my online world via smartphone, opening up my laptop seemed almost baroque. I think that the Glass is going to have the same effect, moving us one step closer on the connectivity continuum.
Having such immediate access to data is going to challenge us in new ways, and context is going to be more important than ever to avoid information overload. Devices that are tuned to where our attention is focused can be powerful allies in giving us contextual information.
#ifIHadGlass I would focus on solutions that learn the wearer’s patterns of attention and focus to build smart, contextual maps of their online and offline existence. Otherwise instead of Glass being one step closer to seamless integration with our data, it’s going to drown us in it faster. As one of the founders of Ubernote, I understand personal data patterns and I’d really love to bring the level of context that Glass could provide to bear on the problem of personal data.
We already have some contextual clues via GPS and browsing history, etc. However, with a visual data stream of attention and focus I think we can extract a lot more data about the contexts in our daily lives. Along with other data from devices like the Somaxis MyoLink, Nike Fuel Band and the Zeo Sleep Manager we can understand a lot more about ourselves.