Google Glass: The Next iPad?

The newest product from the Internet giant is eagerly anticipated, but Google Glass will face challenges in becoming the next go-to device.

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The QR code for Studio042. Scanning this image with a cell phone, tablet, or Google Glass will open the website

Google Glass in the Digital Age.

It is the gadget that many have been asking for: a wearable computer that looks like a pair of glasses. Google Glass can be used to check emails, browse the internet, take photos, record video, navigate roads and much more. This may not sound terribly impressive to iPad users, but Google Glass is more than meets the eye. It weighs less than a pair of sunglasses and can be controlled with eye movements and voice commands. This can potentially revolutionize the way people interact with computers without a mouse, keyboard or touch screen.

These features certainly are a game-changer, perhaps even ahead of their time. In other words, there is no reason to stop using that cell phone or tablet anytime soon. One way users can interact with computers, whether they use a phone, tablet or Google Glass, is QR codes. These unique barcodes can be scanned using a smart device’s camera to quickly access a URL.

Scott Kennedy, CEO of Studio042, speaks for the efficiency of QR codes. “QR codes make it easier for businesses to get exposure, and for customers to reach them,” said Kennedy. Studio042 is a business printer that offers QR codes in print or vehicle graphics and much more.

A hands-free computer sounds like a liberating experience. However, even in its early stages, Google Glass has its fair share of naysayers. Its ability to quickly and discreetly take HD photos and videos is a concern for organizations and individuals worried about their privacy, which is just about everyone today. If Google Glass will replace smartphones, restrictions will surely be placed on its recording abilities.

Like a cell phone, Google Glass is capable of receiving notifications, such as social media updates, incoming emails and alerts. However, phone users can choose whether they look at the screen or keep it away. Google Glass beams information straight to the user. It sits on the bridge of the wearer’s nose, making it more difficult to ignore. This raises another concern – staying committed to real-life interactions while being constantly reminded of virtual ones. Checking emails while on a date is considered extremely rude, so why would using Google Glass be any different? Worse yet, being distracted by the device while driving could cause many problems on the road.

Another concern about Google Glass is more innocent in comparison. Some early adopters simply find the device ugly next to a regular pair of designer sunglasses. Additionally, Google Glass does not fold up and will take up more space in the user’s luggage. Google has been working on fixing this problem by introducing the newest iteration in many different styles and colors.

Although Google Glass is still in its beta stage, there is plenty to be excited and concerned about. Only time will tell if Glass will reach the mass appeal of smartphones and tablets.

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