Media consumption has no bounds. Smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers ensure we never have to disconnect, no matter where we are. Google Glass is one step closer to becoming a part of this list.
For the past year, Google Glass has been available to testers and developers in the US as part of the invitation-only Explorer Program, but on 15 April, for a span of 24 hours, Google opened its product for sale to the general public. Anyone in the US over 18 willing to dish out $1,500 and wait at their computer for the clock to strike 9am could buy their very own pair of Google Glass and be initiated as an Explorer.
Some styles of the glasses sold out after a couple hours, but Google says they may have more to share soon as they “experiment with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program.” This one-day sale was still considered part of the product’s testing stage, and there’s still no clear indication as to when Google Glass will be available to the mass market.
The eyewear incorporates a touchpad that allows users to swipe through the various screens and a camera with video. It relays information to the wearer using bone conduction technology similar to some hearing aids. Its usefulness in some industries such as hospitality and the emergency services is apparent, and it’s sure to be a hit for leisure use, but will Google Glass venture into the financial services environment?
Digital technology is changing and with these new developments come new opportunities for engaging with clients, whether it be over a smartphone, a webcam, or a pair of high-tech specs.