As we approach a brave new world of our Mind’s Eye for Sale, who will own that portal, or jump page to other view’s or other perspectives? It gets more and more expensive to see the world, and harder to travel. Sound like Total Recall, the movie, not far off from the path we’re already on without even realizing. Portals to other people’s perspectives, such as Instagram, seeing life from other people’s interpretations of the world, it is fascinating and alluring to us.
Once the Genie is out of the bottle, it’s hard to turn back. In all sincerity, a lightweight version of Google’s Android OS for Glass may even be downloadable, and free as it is based on open source. The Glass is super stylish, but super expensive. If you’re in the main stream you can afford the glass, if not, you can build your own. Not that difficult relatively speaking, a kit from Texas Instruments perhaps, such as we’ve seen in the PC world, where they now offer small computer kits for building small computers with Android, and Linux. If you wanted to build your own Google Glass, how fast will there be imitations, I imagine, faster than you can blink an eye, pun intended.
Google will make it popular and sexy, after that, there could be a flood of imitations. After all, today we can all build knock off Google Glass, a tiny web cam, a lightweight OS, and Bluetooth integrated with your smartphone for two way interaction, streaming, and communications. The lightweight OS could today be Linux, but the champion for this effort , Red Hat? No, they are a support and solutions group for a blend of Unix. No, there are a few hurdles that Google must and have taken, in some cases, partnered with Verizon, who had their own blend of HUD at the 2013 CES conference. Today, we might mock and jeer people who wore glasses with a mini cam on their glasses. It might be clunky, the idea is to make it alluring to the masses, as well as going through iterations to make it an acceptable medium to the public. Once Google, the trailblazer in this endeavor burns through the problems, it will pave the way for a massive wave of alternate choices, become a commodity. It’s not just the issue with the UI, there are legal battles to be fought, privacy for example, is it safe to drive with them on, and so on. There needs to be mainstream platforms, so people take advantage, and are lured to independent platforms. Many other companies might follow, such as Amazon or other cloud based companies. Maybe even independent sites, web sites, mobile apps, and others joining and integrating with APIs.