Google Glass has gone on sale to the general public in the United States today, for one day only. The wearable technology is available to those over the age of 18 and costs just under £900. Originally sold to 8,000 developers and business in 2013 as part of Google’s ‘Explorer’ programme, the glasses will have a pretty limited functionality in their current state as developers race to create new apps for the product.
This won’t stop many people from parting with their cash to get their hands on what could be the next big thing in the future of wearable technology. Some of the features available at the moment include the ability to make video calls, receive tweets, read your emails and see the latest news alerts.
Who is buying it?
The technology is still in the development stage so don’t expect to see people queuing round the block to buy the glasses just yet. However, there are certain individuals and organisations already utilising the technology in a number of ways.
Plenty of developers will be wanting to get their hands on a pair as they start to develop the kind of apps that will make Google Glass popular with the general public. Apps that help you carry out everyday tasks like shopping are on their way with plenty more to come.
It's already been put to use in the sporting world by Atletico Madrid football coach German Burgos, who used the device to view live statistics during a recent match against Getafe.
Others looking to buy the technology include the police, military, intelligence communities, airlines and hospitals. The built-in camera could help the police gather evidence, while apps could identify individuals using specific searches.
Airlines such as Virgin Atlantic are using Google Glass to speed up the check in process and provide flight information, while doctors are using the device to check medical histories and keep hands free while checking details online.
Will wearable technology replace mobile phones?
With more apps being developed all the time and a larger pool of users to receive feedback from, Google should be able to make the necessary improvements before Google Glass is available to the general public on a permanent basis.
Time will tell if wearable tech will replace mobile phones, but there are similarities between the two technologies. During the 1980s and early 90s a select few individuals owned mobiles, which were cumbersome and very expensive.
While Google Glass has no problems in terms of size there is huge scope for development. It is not beyond the realms of possibility to predict that in 20 years this technology will be a lot more affordable and used by the majority of the population.