The Future Of Wearable Technology

Illustration by Amanda Linares
AMANDA LINARES\THE REPORTER

Society becomes more connected as it advances, whether an individual likes it or not. For decades, technology has been wedging itself more and more into our lives. The idea of combining the connectivity of a telephone service with the flexibility of personal computers was actually conceptualized in the early 70s, and has now resulted in a multi-million-dollar smartphone industry.

Now, another device stands to reinvent the wheel once more — Google Glass.

Google Glass is a glasses frame, that can feature actual lenses or not depending on the needs of the user. It also contains a small screen that displays information about your daily life and is controlled by a small touchpad on the side of the device, which also features a camera.

With smartphones, the simple act of taking out a phone is an extant degree of separation between user and device. While that separation has become increasingly smaller — during the early years of computing, a computer would take a whole room — devices like Google Glass will bridge the gap even more.

A student could take a picture or a voice recording of a certain segment with much more ease, as well as organize and access them much more efficiently afterwards. Social networking and the Internet will become even more accessible — it’ll be right in front of our eyes, all the time.

Devices like Google Glass — much like 1999’s Research in Motion Blackberry and 2007’s Apple iPhone — will bring new ways to approach day to day life. Their lasting impact will manifest itself as they garner more popular interest and eventually affect our social interactions and lives at large.

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