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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing
Ok, now I feel like a total tool as it would appear the "general sailing related thread" has turned into a "no cellphones" thread, and I happened to waste my life away in all the responses to this point.
I personally hate cellphones, but if you were to ban them completely (and you can't), these same poor drivers would be crashing while changing radio stations.
As for Google Glass, I could see a future where the device would be EXTREMELY helpful. Imagine a low light (sunset?) departure. Hard to see the marks on the horizon (light pollution stinks). The glass highlights the viewfinder to point general direction to channel marks. THIS is why a cruiser might like it! Layout a virtual yellow brick road to depart upon, through the channel. Interface with AIS? Sweet! VHF, using some kind of bluetooth like interface? Sweet!
Polarized version? Looks like they had a sunglasses version (for the cost the damned things should be at least a transitions lens)...
As far as android being "unstable" or "full of ads." Apparently your iWhatever was never in the hands of your kids. My daughters iPod Touch is a plethora of bad advertising in lieu of paid applications. Advertising like Bent said is a way to pay for apps people wouldn't normally waste money on! You get what you pay for, always applies. For the record Navioncs crashed my iphone 4 on a regular basis... ran like a top on my Droid Razr MAXX... depends on what else you run on the device, its NOT all about the platform sometimes.
A decent overlay navigation application integrated into sunglasses (or better) polarized sunglasses would be a COOL app for such a device. To NOT see the future applications of such a powerful heads up wearable display is frankly wrong headed.
ONLY a true TOOL would rely soley on any device/computer... But then morons drive off of non-existent bridges (that are out for construction) in cars blindly following their NEVER UPDATED GPS. Seems to happen more often than anyone would care to admit. They are usually the same people though that never use their turn signals, and ignore other rights of way, once a tool always a tool.
What seems to be voiced here are the typical... Turn that damned noise off, and only a true sailor can sail with nothing other than wind and waves (implied shoe strings, and cardboard for boat I guess)... That reality is we rely on technology daily for everything we do... For instance, are you aware that a closed system computer is in NEARLY every car... Except for those of you folks still driving Model A Fords of course (and one of you wise akers will say you do, probably bought it new too).
I am an IT Manager by trade, and hate technology for what it turns people INTO. I am NOT against using technology, and relying on it when I deem it suitable for such application. NO way would I rely solely on 1 device no matter how reliable for my life, without some reasonable fail-safe or redundancy (again I run corporate networks, backups, fail safes, and redundancies are the name of the game).
Google glass has lots of potential. It's not quite there yet, but I'm interested enough to have put in for a request to try it. I think we are years away from something truly useful from it, but the potential is certainly there.
Hats off to you developers though... Very little reward for LOTS of sweat and time, for little pay. Sure it could pay off in spades, but rarely does.
Using the device for racing? I could see it quickly getting written into racing rules to now allow it if one person exploits it correctly. But if you look at the technology in software like "Sailing Tactician," and "Navionics" or some of the canned devices like are available for race telemetry (Tack-Tick race master for example), you will quickly realize THAT market would be ideal for something like glass. On top of that the entry point (price wise) would be cheaper (at least until you outfit the whole crew).
Just my worthless $0.02 now I've sufficiently wasted YOUR time... I feel justified in having wasted mine on this.
1983 WD Schock Wavelength 24. Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.