First, watch this:
Then read this: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/on...ef=online-news
I am quite excited about this! The possibilities are enormous and I will probably be getting myself a pair once their out and field tested for a bit.
However, there are 3 criticisms I have:
1) Even though they say:
I'm still very much concerned about safety issues here. Even just watching the video, I could see how easily you can get distracted by things on screen. What if you're on a call with your gf/bf and they flash you as you're walking across the street? Don't tell me you'll be able to focus on traffic with genitals in your face (just as an example).Best of all, since the display allows wearers to keep their heads up, pedestrians checking checking their email or texting while crossing the street should still be able to see oncoming cars, bikes, and telephone poles. Rest easy, folks: the brief but dangerous period of technological adolescence known as the era of distracted walking may soon be over.
So, safety is still very much a concern...
2) Social ridiculousness. First, you talking to yourself and walking around concentrating on something only you can see and hear will make you look like an idiot. Second, you will look like such a freaking hipster... If you wear glasses already, fine, maybe you can get a pair that looks like what you've always worn, but for eveyone else:
3) The loss of basic knowledge and path-finding skills. If you're always wearing these glasses, I reckon you'll eventually loose the ability to find your own way about, or even retain basic knowledge as all you have to do is blink twice and POOF, instant info. Now, arguably, this is already happening/hasn't happened with current technology and smartphones, but I think the fact that the phone is a separate tool that you have to fish out of your pocket etc creates a sort of disconnect from the information, which still leaves room for your actual memory. I used to have terrible path-finding skills, I was known for it in my family, but when I moved to Edinburgh, I had to walk everywhere and find my way. I did use my iPhone to find my way, still do sometimes, but the fact that it wasn't in my face all the time meant that I could get the opportunity to create a mental map myself and keep my directional ability in tact. I worry that having the glasses in one's face means you won't ever have to remember, which is detrimental in the long run, especially if you loose the glasses when you need them most.
But, regardless of this, I'm still excited by the prospect.