Happy new year to all my readers! The world wide talker is back for some AR talking again.
This idea occurred to me today when I was talking to an AR professional friend of mine.
Despite I been to a few Google Glass and other smart glasses/HMD meet ups before new year, I’ve been thinking, what is stopping smart glasses from going into mass usage?
I would say the industry of smart glasses don’t have a clear mind of what user experience they should deliver for the mass market. I think the reason is that technicians were expecting smart glasses as an individual device, not something we have to connect it with our mobile and then getting information feed from the phone as well. But obviously, they were wrong. Smart glasses is merely separate a display apart from a mobile device, which in current stage, the design of smart glasses itself won’t allow it too much processing power on its own to run as a solo device.
Then comes to AR, what is stopping it from going into smart glasses?
I would say it’s the problem of what function AR should be serving for the users of wearable devices. I mean, why we are trying to develop each of a different app for Google Glass? As I said, smart glasses should not be seen as a solo device, then let’s just imagine smart glasses is just another display for your mobile which serves a very specific function based on location services.
But Google Glass is not a very good example, let’s take Vuzix Wrap series as the example of AR capable smart glasses.
So why can’t we just do one application for this set of smart glasses, and all the AR related functions for example looking for hotels and restaurants like lastminute.com or Foursquare could become a subscribed service within this app. Then users can choose what services they subscribe to when they use a pair of smart glasses. Because for AR, the information feed should always be on the lenses to make those information valuable. Users don’t have to launch one app after another when they say ‘Okay, Glass, launch…’, but they can have all the services they subscribed to send you notifications once they put the glasses on. It is a service bundle within one app running in the background on a mobile device where it allows multiple connections to different location based services displaying on the smart glasses at the same time.
For example, just imagine you are standing in the middle of Oxford Street in London. You have your smart glasses on which is AR capable. The one app for your glasses are running on your phone. You subscribed to Foursquare and TimeOut London services for your smart glasses. Then you get a push notifications saying that ‘there is TimeOut London AR information available around you, receive information?’. You choose ‘yes’. Then the AR markers will show upon your lenses pointing out what activities or venues are there in what directions around you. You can set the information feed distance as within 1 mile around you or less, that means you can control how much information you are getting from your service provider.
This idea might help improve user experience with smart glasses for the mass market, as well as developer’s problems of having to build a new app every time for a different service, and, it lowers the processing pressure of the connected mobile device, because it is not running multiple apps on site, but rather running services from cloud server.
How does that sound?