Will it be acceptable to wear Google glasses in the workplace?

“On June 27th Sergey Brin, one of the company’s co-founders, revealed the next stage of Project Glass, its effort to create wireless-connected glasses that allow their wearers to do a host of things, including receiving and responding to messages, and taking and sharing photos and videos.”

Economist – 30th June Edition – LINK

Google Glass Explorer Edition

Google’s Sergey Brin reveals video-capturing, augmented reality glasses at Google I/O in San Francisco.

we don’t want technology to get in the way

we want to empower people to use technology naturally

Google Glasses Demo

The Google Glass Explorer Edition will sell to software developers for $1,500 and ship in early 2013.

As you can see from the demo with augmented reality you can look at a subject and a wealth of helpful data will be overlaid.

As always success will be predicated on the ability of application software to analyse data and help ensure that you have the right information at the point of need. 

For me Google Glass combines the best of the three major initiatives for any large organisation, namely Mobility, Analytics and Big Data.  Glass is a completely new mobile platform that will enable access to cloud based personal or company information that is tailored to individual needs.

I envisage that in 2013 Gartner will publish their peak of inflated expectations for Wearable Computing.  This new Hype Cycle will spike interest in wearable computer glasses. 

Just like smartphones and tablets the price of wearable computer glasses will be driven down over time.  These glasses will become the must have fashion item for Q1 2014 as rich apps [systems of engagement] are made available, and the price for a pair of glasses is more affordable.

I believe that the key difference between smartphones, tablets and Google Glasses is that you no longer need to look down at your device.  Glass allows the individual to keep looking up and stay engaged in the moment. [Look Up not Down]     

Having reluctantly accepted the need to allow staff to bring their own devices into the workplace the CIO will need to have policies in place to deal with the new challenges that wearable computing and augmented reality present.

With Google Glasses the individual has ubiquitous access to audio, video and data that is enriched by augmented reality. 

Controlling access to company information assets will be a security concern for most CIOs and will make it high on their list of top 10 issues to deal with over the next 18 months.

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