The initial Google Glass release was probably one of the most frightening aspects of ’90s literary fiction I’ve ever encountered. It’s 2013 and a pair of glasses can respond to voice- activated commands, take photos, share live video and translate languages at the drop of a hat.
In the most simplistic sense, the product itself is intended to change the way we consume live events and make life a little easier by eliminating the need to stop and ask Siri to look up something on a phone.
While this is undeniably a great leap in user-friendly technology, the safety and health aspects are main concerns as this product continues to push forward to the mass market.
Currently, Glass Explorers have the opportunity to test the product and be the first to experience the supposedly life-changing product. The safety of Google Glass has yet to be evaluated and a buzz of health concerns are just beginning to surface.
With any form of eyewear, eye strain is a major concern. For people who are not used to wearing glasses, the unfamiliarity makes the eyes work harder to focus and become more prone to injury. The feed of information and visual elements also create a difference of depth and increase the strain on the eye.
In a society built on multi-tasking and concentrated efforts to find the most efficient way to complete a task, accidental injuries can occur as a result of carelessness. Think of how often people are injured from looking down at their phone. Can it be proven that the glasses will not provide further distraction while walking, driving or completing daily activities?
As with any technological product, the effects of prolonged use cannot be evaluated when it is so new. Is all the hype of a new product more beneficial than the potential ill-effects down the road?
What other aspects of Google Glass safety should be of concern for consumers?