Google Glass will displace several technologies. It will displace the digital camera, laptops, tablets, and eventually the smartphone. At the moment Google Glass needs to be paired with a smartphone and its applications are limited. However, as with any new technology improvements and applications are always forthcoming. Matt Swider of Techradar (2013) provides an in depth review of the Google Glass that worth reading and a short video review worth watching. A drawback that he mentions is the 45-minute battery life; any technology lasting only 45-minutes is not worth the money to me. Additionally, the cost is staggering, and I would be concerned with my privacy being invaded. I wouldn’t want anyone walking down the street recording me and then sharing it with the world.
This new technology is still in its infancy and needs much integration. Once this technology reaches the point of critical mass it can be used for training for new employees, such as the example presented by Taube (2014) who stated that KFC and others in the fast-food industry can use this type of technology to train its employees. KFC recently tested a program using the glasses to train new employees. Training in this manner, if proved to be successful, can be used in all industries. In addition, individualized learning programs can be created for specific learning needs and students in special education programs.
At present, police officers in Dubai are Google Glasses to identify wanted vehicles, and record and report traffic violations. Only time will tell how far reaching this technology become. Wearable technology is the current “in thing”, within the next two to five years Google Glasses will see viable competition and will be replaced by a disruptive technology within the next fifteen years.