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Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

Unless you've been out at sea for a few years, you know that Google Glass is coming.

Here is an interesting Wired Magazine article. The translation with automatic overlay is amazing and makes you wonder if you'll need a chart plotter in the future when it's already built into your eye glasses. (This from a man who uses his Droid as a chart plotter.). And not even talking about how votive commands could be integrated.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/...gle-glass-sdk/

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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

Personally, I'm a bit sceptical..

IIRC, "Wearable Computing" was developed over a decade ago now (no, not by Google), and, apart from specialist applications in military and exploration where it persists to this day, it faded away almost as fast as it appeared - simply because there was no demand for it. A "solution in search of a problem", you might say.

What Google has to offer most seems to be real-world reasons to use the technology in the first place (ie. problem generation). Will it ever replace chart plotters?? Dunno maybe. Ask Google.
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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

I will only use these if they make the glasses big enough so I can paste my paper charts to the inside of the lens.

All this digital hooey will just get you killed.
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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

If I can add in virtual bikini babes to my foredeck then I'll get a pair, but otherwise I don't really see the point.
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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

None of yall can see the potential here? Heads up display (HUD)......? Vital information that you are looking for literally right in front of your face...always. Heading, course over ground, speed through water, speed over ground, vcg, wind speed and direction, etc.

This means no more looking for the tack ticks or at gps screen or having to leave the side of the cockpit to look at the binnacle compass or trying to read the compass next to the companion way far forward in cockpit.

It could help for cruisers to have a HUD for charts or/with radar overlay for coming into unfamiliar ports/harbors. Radar in front to of you during inclement weather or heavy fog.

This doesn't even touch virtual reality of incorporating AIS. When AIS targets within range you can see it pop up on display when you look in its direction (think fighter jet helmet). Or charts, seeing landmarks or structures on display, depth curves and semi submerged objects..

I'm not even getting into voice commands, just imagine asking for speed or course, or how far till way point. Voice can interact with above topics/paragraphs..

You can't just say oh its just some new tech that isn't going to be helpful before you actually know what it's capable of doing. This has HUGE potential in a lot of areas not just sailing.

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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

Sounds all cool and stuff but it's still a piece of electronics to fail, fall off face or OB and in the end you'll still want the old school tech for back up and double checks
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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

Think not just about realtime AIS signals, but predictive AIS signals. Imagine requesting the "15 minutes from now" augmented reality view of marine traffic. There's a lot of potential for massive innovation.
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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

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Personally, I'm a bit sceptical..

IIRC, "Wearable Computing" was developed over a decade ago now (no, not by Google), and, apart from specialist applications in military and exploration where it persists to this day, it faded away almost as fast as it appeared - simply because there was no demand for it. A "solution in search of a problem", you might say.
I was somewhat skeptical too... then I realised I make my living coding on some of those "wearable computers" all the time - smart phones. For a long time, they too were "a solution in search of a problem"... then Blackberry found a problem to solve, Nokia's N-series tried to muscle in on the game, and finally Apple convinced everyone else that life was not worth living if they were disconnected from the Interwebs for more than half an hour. There is more power & connectivity in the modern "wearable computer" we take for granted than in the first four of my desktop computers combined.

Do I think Google Glass is going to be the next iPhone? Nope. I do think, however, it is the next Blackberry. It will be useful for some, cool to have/use for others, and serve as the platform/inspiration for those that will take the idea to the next level.

As for being a chart plotter or similar... I don't think so just yet. The resolution of the display is too low and the device is WAY too expensive to be wearing on one's head at the back of the boar during heavy swell or chop. Give the technology some time to catch up to the promise of never having to pull the phone out to get/see information. It took a while for Blackberry's emails to become iPhone's... well, "everything there's an App for". It'll take at least that long for Glass to become as ubiquitous
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Re: Google Glass and it's effect on sailing

Like it or not, this is the future. This type of technology is in the beginning stages and will eventually explode with possible applications. The military has been using visual cues projected on face shields and windshields for years now. Just think about some of the technology we use in everyday life that was but only a crude device in the beginning with limited capabilities. Before the ideas of today and tomorrow become a reality, we have to wait for the technology to give us what is needed to make it so. Thus the always present problem of saying to one's self, should I go ahead and buy this today or wait until next year for the latest version to come out. No matter, whatever you buy that is the latest technology is already old school. As the saying goes "you ain't seen nothing yet".
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Do they make ISAF Cat 1 rated croakies?
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