Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Disruptive Power of Google Glass

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.

Swider, M. (2013). Explorer Edition upgrades to 2GB of RAM in the US and UK. Is it worth the price now?

Taube, A. (2014). Google Glass Could Save KFC And Other Fast-Food Companies Millions Of Dollars.

Unknown, (2014). Dubai traffic violators to be fined with Google Glass.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rhymes of History

A technology that follows the Rhymes of history are the various forms of social media; Twitter, Edmodo, Google +, Facebook, etc. Social Media rekindles the daily newspaper. The daily newspapers used to provide a morning edition and an evening edition. Today, journalist and individuals’ record news as it happens. Within an hour an event has been heard worldwide, through a tweet, on YouTube, or a text. Before social media became popular, individuals relied on journalists to report events through the news paper. Then in the 1930’s reporters provided news on television. Today, there is a platform to meet everyone’s need to learn the events of the day. We can watch the morning of evening news, read the newspaper, read a digital newspaper, or simply go online to the numerous websites that provide us with moment by moment news updates.  


Morejon, R. (2012). How Social Media is Replacing Traditional Journalism as a News Source.