Will Enhanced-Reality Eyeglasses Revolutionize Online Learning?
You’ve probably heard that Google is testing a new product called Google Glasses. If you haven’t heard about them, here’s the scoop.
Google Glasses are sort of like a second set of lenses that you install over your regular eyeglasses. Once they are sitting there, they serve as a sort of transparent display that can show text, images, or just about anything else that can be displayed on a computer screen.
Let’s say, for example, that you are walking through Times Square in New York and you need directions to get to the corner of Broadway and 72nd Street. So you fire up the glasses’ GPS function, ask for directions, and arrows appear before your eyes to give you directions as you walk.
Now, walking around Time Square with big arrows appearing before your eyes could be just about the scariest experience anyone ever had, but let’s not dwell on that. There is also a pretty good chance that when people who are wearing Google Glasses in Times Square are distracted by big flashing arrows, they could wander into traffic and have other problems. And then there is the fact that some people just might wear Google Glasses while driving, which adds even more scariness to the whole idea. But let’s not dwell on those problems either. I mean, we are talking about the future here, and who can stand in the way of progress?
Thanks to Google Glasses, you will soon be able to . . .
- Take an algebra class while you are sitting at a sushi bar
- Watch “Dancing with the Stars” while you are in a boring meeting at work
- Read a play by Shakespeare while you are bungee-jumping
- Enjoy a Skype call while you are pretending to talk to your mother-in-law
- Check your email secretively while you are on a “date from hell”
- Watch “Seinfeld” while you are at the opera
- Take a course in sociology while you are in karate class
- Watch a video of the beautiful Italian Alps while you are driving through Detroit
The possibilities could be endless. Will enhanced-reality glasses make it possible to take computer courses anywhere, at any time? The answer is probably not. But stay tuned for later developments. Once upon a time, people didn’t think that there was any real reason for people to have their own personal computers. And look where we are today! We’re seeing big arrows flashing in front of our eyes.
As the great Yogi Berra once said, “The future lies ahead.”