Google Glass and Social Driver, a District-based digital agency, is quite bullish on the Google Glass and its potential impacts. Next week, the agency – a member of the exclusive Glass Explorer program and Glass developer – is holding an open house to showcase game-changing uses of the Glass. From 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Thursday March 6, CEO Thomas Sanchez will invite the public in to show how his firm has seen innovation through the device. Here are five of the uses he plans to demonstrate:
Diplomats from around the world congregate to work on international policy issues every day. The thing is, often they speak one or just a few languages. That means time and money spent to translate for the diplomat’s language barrier, which is frankly a burden. Sanchez, however, posits that diplomats wearing the Google Glass can have that spoken information translated for them in real time right before their eyes.
No More Whispering
Political advisors are known for whispering to politicians during big meetings or hearings. It’s not only tacky, but it’s also inefficient. What if that information could be shared immediately without having to lean over and spew it into someone’s ear? With Google Glass, you can seamlessly share details with another user instead of quietly whispering it.
“You have my word on it”
That statement above is almost cringeworthy when someone says it. There are very few people trustworthy enough in the world that you actually believe them when they say, “You have my word.” Just saying it makes you feel as if they’re going to screw you over. Google Glass has the ability to video tape and agreement in real time if, perhaps, you don’t get the chance to sign off on it before shaking hands. Backtracking will now be impossible.
Online Access During Important Conversations
This one seems a bit iffy still, but we’ll take it. Lobbyists have a wealth of information they need while making their high-stakes arguments. Resources like Thomas.loc.gov and the Congressional directory, says Sanchez, can be invaluable during these heated debates. They can’t just have a laptop or iPad out while someone is talking to they, but they also need to be able to build a more relevant argument in real time. The Google Glass will give them the ability to do so, though it’s imaginable they will still be distracted and less attentive in doing so.
When you support a non-profit, faith is a big part of it. Many times, you’ll never see the effects of your contribution. Sanchez says with the Google Glass, though, “non-profit supporters will be able to visually see the impact of charities and donate—or ignore—immediate opportunities to help.” As you’re watching the aftermath of some natural disaster on a news broadcast, you could be able to pledge a donation to relief while doing so. As help is delivered, you could then get that visual update.
Those are just a few of the different ways Google Glass should innovate the way we work. If you’re interested in hearing more from Sanchez and Social Driver about these uses, make sure you attend the workshop Thursday morning at their D.C. office. You’ll be able play around with the Google Glass, too, if you haven’t before.
By Billy Mitchell