Today at Google IO, the veil was taken off of Recon Instruments’ Recon Jet. Sports glasses with Google Glass baked in, and some nifty looking extras like gaze detection, so the HUD only turns on when you look at it.
If you had told me about this in the 1990’s I would have done ANYTHING to get a pair. I mean, come on, an internet connected Heads Up Display?! In theory this is all amazing stuff. Considering the stunning innovation coming out of developers on the smart phone side, this is truly going to be a revolution.
Consider as one example what Philips has done with their new Hue lighting system. With their open API you can set up your lights from your phone to do all sorts of things. Your lighting can collect local weather data and gently change color if its about to rain, or when the sun goes down. So long as your phone is in your pocket, rooms can brighten and dim automatically as you walk through your house.
These bulbs can automatically flash your favorite teams colors when they score a touchdown. Because the Hue home router can collect data and plug into different web back-ends, the possibilities are endless.
Now imagine wearing Recon Jet around your house, it knows what you’re looking at so when you enter the room the lights come up only in the direction you’re looking, you sit on the couch and look at your TV and it turns itself on. You look at the window and the glasses ask whether you’d like the shades opened or closed. And that’s just basic home automation.
Imagine when Nike plugs Recon Jet into their FuelBand, etc. It’s not just about playing Angry Birds on your eyeball. It’s about the open API that’ll mean every object you look it may proactively respond to your attention, asking what it can do for you. Or doing the obvious thing when you’re near it. Imagine you live with someone who likes the house warm, but you like it cooler. With Recon Jet, and indeed even your phone, its becoming possible for your central air to adjust the temperature in each room dynamically depending on who is in the room. When you think about it like this, the potential of wearable tech become staggering.
So with all of this, why do I still feel like, “meh”, when I look at this thing? I’m not flipping out yet, but I do want to try it out.
via: Recon Jet