Tara Miner, Staff Writer
Imagine a future in which, instead of turning on your smartphone when you’re walking to class or on the bus to work, you can simply put on your sunglasses to find out the weather or check out what your friends are doing on Facebook.
Sound like something out of a science-fiction novel or TV show? Well, it may soon be reality. Word has come out about a new invention from Google: Google Glasses. In theory, these glasses will be able to stream information instantaneously – things like TV shows, information on your surrounding and virtual reality games – to your eyeballs. And of course, we can’t forget advertisements. These glasses will most likely invite more online tracking of your every movement from Google. Estimates for the price of the product have ranged from 200 to 600 dollars, which analysts estimate would be a marketable price for the innovative product.
Like any new technology, there will be both pros and cons to the Google Glasses. A technology like this could completely revolutionize the advertising industry – imagine the possibilities that would be open for ads. You could be walking down the street, passing a fast-food chain, and immediately get special deals for that restaurant. And it would also make virtual reality games a lot more interesting – you could more directly interact in games with the world around you.
However, some people are criticizing the invention, bringing up some questions concerning safety. After all, there have been enough accidents involving people multitasking while using their smartphones: what would happen if someone were using these glasses while driving? The results would be disastrous.
However the final product ends up to be, the invention of Google Glasses begs the question: How connected to the information hub of the internet does our society need to be?