What? Apple has a glasses product? No. Not yet. It doesn’t take much effort to see where our personal technology is going. Desktop computer to notebook computer. iPhone to Watch. What’s next? Glasses. A few years in the future Apple will launch a new product that will look like standard glasses for the masses.
Where are the headaches of a product that hundreds of millions of people could use?
Security and privacy headaches are on the way. Without question such devices will provide users with some of the capabilities we enjoy in our iPhones today. Information may pop up on the glasses lenses or be beamed directly onto our retinas; everything controlled by eye movement or voice or both.
Electronics become smaller over time so it isn’t wild fantasy to predict and project other features that will show up in technology glasses a few years down the road. Video and audio recording seems logical. And that means privacy and security issues. Already our iPhones can stream live video to YouTube, Facebook, FaceTime, and other social networks.
Add that same functionality to a pair of unobtrusive and common glasses and what do you have? A privacy and security nightmare. Are corporate and government security organizations prepared for employees, guests, vendors, or customers who can record audio and video of every moment on premise?
Beyond employees and employers, what about neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers, students and teachers? Would it be possible for a company to tie into employees’ glasses and use what employees see as security cameras?
Google Glass was something of a failure and the Borg-like look did not catch on with people because it seemed obvious that people wearing such devices were also recording what they viewed. The future will change that as glasses and other wearables will look normal but have specific audio and video recording capability built-in.
Who is working on glasses for the futures?
Apple, of course. The company has many patents already. Intel’s new Vaunt glasses look like ordinary glasses and use a retina display. On the retina. Google, Samsung, and others are pushing technology components to be ever smaller so future glasses will look much like glasses already look today.
It’s one thing to prohibit or restrict smartphones at meetings or in secure office locations or schools, but glasses?
We may not have actual headaches from wearing glasses that can record and transmit everything we see, but such devices will cause headaches for society in general, and specifically business, education, and governments.