Google Glass crashed and burned before it even took off. Yet after two and a half years after its social death, an update for the devices surfaces. Questions are abound. What is the update of? Who still uses those embarrassing sci-fi failures? More importantly, is Google trying to bring them back?
The hype brought up about the idea is tethered to the return of the punchline of tech rather than what it does. Which is not that much to begin with. Of course, they fixed bugs but the big ticket item on the update is the enhancement of the Bluetooth capabilities, says Forbes. Why is this important? It shows that Google Glass is alive, if not well. It might just be gearing up for a revitalization.
Where are the people that used to promote this strange device? Are they still using their ridiculous eye wear? While most Glass activity seems to have died out since 2014, there were some practical uses. It had many medical uses from training students to hands-off searching through patient information. The Google Glass also provides options to have hands-free video streaming for those who don't like GoPros. It's not just business practical, but also is helping conquer major issues in helping the impaired. A company called Brain Power helps autistic children learn about facial features and emotion through the Google Glass device. Neat, right? A visually impaired dancer, Benjamin Yonattan, wore Google Glass on America's Got Talent in 2015 to overcome a chronic vision condition.
Does this update mean there is more to come from Google? When Google Glass was popular in 2014, there was more news about its applications like the Nepalese military using these tricked out glasses and drones to fight poaching. But nowadays? Without them being produced anymore, they've simply become collectables. The most current review of them by TechRadar doesn't put Google Glass in a better light than it was when it came out. Even Snapchat's dubious Spectacles are picking up after being laughed at in the beginning. Maybe Google just didn't have the right people endorsing their tech. Or maybe it's still ahead of its time.