My jaw dropped when I saw the first promotional video for Google Glasses last night. Like many folks, I was worried the glasses would be too intrusive – barraging the user with a cascade of information – but what I found was that both the operating system and the glasses themselves looked sleek, sexy and extremely useful. But what was shown in the clip is really just the tip of the iceberg; these augmented-reality glasses have the power to change everything. Let's look at all the possible scenarios where Google Glasses could be insanely helpful
In the Car
So you're driving in your car when someone calls you. Instead of taking your eyes off the road and fumbling with your phone, you could see the information about who's calling you on your Google Gasses in real-time, without ever having to look down at your phone. You can then tell the glasses to "take the call" and begin talking to your friend or whomever. When the time comes to hang up, you don't have to move a muscle. Sure, it's probably safer not to take a call while driving, but if you've got to do it, you'd be much safer using these glasses.
In the Emergency Room
For doctors, having access to Google Glasses could revolutionize emergency care. Imagine doctors being able to access information on command without the distraction of a smartphone. They could aview drug side-effect information, see a 3D display of the surgery they're about to perform, or even just look through their patient's files, all without averting their gaze from the task at hand. This could save time – and possibly even lives.
In the Classroom
Google's glasses could also allow students to record videos of their lectures for later use. Apparantly, Google would like folks to be able to snap photos and take videos simply by clicking a button at the top of the glasses. It's this same feature which has been called a privacy threat, but I could see it being incredibly helpful in certain situations, like in university.
In the Kitchen
Obviously, having access to recipes without having to touch a smartphone would really help when your hands are full of cookie dough or you're in the middle of stirring something. I can imagine setting a timer, getting measurements or searching nearby grocery stores would also be useful on a hands-free device like this.
At the Store
Of course, Google's got to make money off these glasses somehow, and I'm guessing they'll do so through targeted advertisements. This might even be the first feature that gets rolled out. I imagine that entering a store will never be the same again – you'll be able see previews of films on your glasses before you buy them, see how that dress looks on you before trying it on and – of course – see suggestions for things Google thinks you'll want to purchase.