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The current state of Glass, 2nd Google Glass meetup in Amsterdam

This friday I attended the 2nd Dutch Google Glass meetup. At the event Glass wearers shared insights and products they are developing.

I presented about a service for remote healthcare we are developing and what we have learned. Layar did an augmented reality demo, Raimo talked about the context of Glass services and Ronald van der Lingen brought 3D-printed Glass cases.

I really like these early meetups of new technology. Everyone is open to new ideas and sharing learnings.

The current state of Glass
The general consensus amongst Glass users at the event seemed to be that although Glass is magic in a way it still lacks the urgency to wear it. The ‘contextual’ services are disappointing.

Using Gartners Hype Cyle, I would say most beta users are in the “Through of Disillusionment“.

Glass users are looking how to make Glass work for business purposes. It’s easier to develop a viable product in this area.

Glass. Weird, exciting, promising, ridiculous. An anomaly for sure.

2nd Google Glass Meetup in Amsterdam
2nd Google Glass Meetup in Amsterdam
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A vision on wearable technology by Intel and PSFK

This week we’ve seen a lot of new technology being launched at CES. I’m interested in wearable technology. Wearing technology is making it really personal. It also has to be very useful in terms of technology and user interaction. We’re very critical in what we’re dragging along.

Intel is launching a ‘Make it Wearable‘ competition for the best ideas for wearable technology.

PSFK released a report about the near future of wearables.

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What I as a designer learned from Google Glass so far

Recently I was invited by Google to become a Glass explorer (which means you are invited – after signing up – to buy a pair of quite expensive Glasses from Google). As an interaction designer I love to design things for new interfaces and devices.

Always on
Google Glass did not disappoint. They great thing about Glass is that’s it is designed from an always-on-in-front-of-your-face perspective. This makes a big difference. If you want to design for a device that has the control to take over your attention in the real world, at any time, it better be really useful.

OK Glass

Context
From a design perspective the Glass technology is best when you’re moving. A mobile phone is a mobile computer, you can use it to “compute” everywhere you want. You just stop, start a program (app) run it and figure out what to do next.

Glass is designed to be used in the moment. It’s always on, like a service. Glass is at it’s best when it’s about what’s happening right now, or what’s going to happen with the next minutes or seconds.

These type of wearables are like a companion. They have to know who you are, where you are and what you’re up to. These devices invade your privacy like no other technology. The only way to serve you is by knowing you. And this makes all the difference. It’s the most personal computer device on the market.

And yes, Glass is really awkward, wearing it makes you look silly (major understatement), and using it with the godlike voice commands makes it even worse.

When I just got it my 4 year old son asked me why I was calling him and his brother “Glass”.

“OK Glass, take a picture”, “OK Glass, record a video”.

This awkwardness is something we’ll have to overcome, probably by design, or a killer-app. I’m sure we will. Will Glass make it? I don’t know. In the short run it can really have a purpose in a B2B environment where you need both hands.

Using contextual technology is really exciting and designing for it feels like adding another dimension to design. It’s like a complex game of variables you have to solve.

Google Glass in the car

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Google Glass; een nieuw platform voor interface ontwerp

De eerste 8.000 Google Glass brillen worden verkocht in de VS aan developers én designers. De verkoop gaat via een wedstrijd. Helaas moet je in de VS wonen om kans te maken om een bril te kunnen kopen. De bril kost vervolgens 1500 dollar. Het goede nieuws is dat Google probeert tegen het einde van dit jaar de brillen voor iedereen op de markt te hebben.

Mijn handen beginnen inmiddels te jeuken. Glass is niet zomaar een gimmick. Interfaces komen dichter op ons lichaam en net voor je oog is toch wel heel dichtbij. De kansen voor zo’n privé interface zijn ongekend en ik zou er maar wat graag iets voor ontwerpen.

Nog even wachten dus… Maar mocht iemand een interface designer zoeken voor een Google Glass project. Bel me ;)

Als je weet hoe ik toch aan zo’n bril kan komen hoor ik het ook graag.

Bij de Verge staat een mooi overzicht.

Ook leuk om te lezen dat er geruchten zijn dat Google met online brillenshop Warby Parker samen werkt om Glass beschikbaar te maken voor brildragers.

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