July 29, 2013
Internet giant Google created quite a splash when it starting showing off its computer headpiece Google Glass.
Earlier this year winners of the ‘If I Had Glass’ competition were invited to pay $1,500 to get their hands on the developing technology.
Needless to say, most of them did.
Developers are hoping that the wearable technology of Google Glass will eventually become as integral to everyday life as current cellphones.
Red Bottle Design CEO Guy Paddock says they want to help create a device that’s there when you want it, but never intrudes.
“Rather than it being like, oh something’s happening right now, I’m going to take myself out of the moment, grab my phone and take a picture of record something, it’s kind of just there, it’s ubiquitous. It’s there when you need it, it’s not in your way when you don’t need it.”
Paddock and his co-workers have several ideas for applications already.
Among them is an app that would connect Google Glass users to a professional network of people who could provide advice on just about anything - from buying a car to caring for a newborn baby.
“There would be an app that you could say ‘ok glass, connect me with someone who can help me with this particular thing’ and it would try to see if someone in the professional network could help you with that and they could actually just video conference with you with Google Glass and be right there and see what you see.”
But, Paddock says, it all costs money. And Red Bottle is currently looking for the funding to help get their ideas off the ground.
He says the chance to help shape the nature of wearable technology is a big step for the young business.
Eventually, they hope to be behind some of the must-have software for Google Glass users when the product goes commercial – possibly as early as the end of the year.