week 13: new media implementations- google glass

Google glass is a product designed to augment reality. It has been defined as “a wearable computer” (Wikipedia). The device makes use of both still and motion camera technology, as well as voice activation technology, a global positioning system, wifi, Bluetooth, et cetera. Time magazine has stated that “Augmediated reality serves to both augment and mediate our surroundings.” Google glasses mediate our reality by providing information about what we experience with our eyes immediately upon our perception and receptiveness to our visual clues. Google glass is almost intended to be a wearable smartphone, or the smartphone version of glasses, because it requires the Android operating system to function, and developers are looking at making Android applications for the device

The concept of mediation as it relates to photography and videography is an interesting one. Many people today are infamously known for holding their iPads, iPhones, and other smartphone or tablet devices up to their face, consistently, in order to capture the moments of their lives. Google glass takes that concept and creates a new way for users to experience and capture their worlds: through the lenses they wear on their noses, literally. A prime example of this are the photos via which one man experienced New Years’ Eve.


Google glass users are able to record and document events as they see them, instead of through another medium, such as a phone or tablet. Although the glasses are in fact, another medium just the same as a phone or tablet, in this case, the glasses are a wearable object, making them just one step closer to semi-instantaneous mediation of life and its experiences. Due to the fact that glasses are an incredibly personal accessory (and often, a necessity) for many people, the fact that Google glasses are an object that is worn versus carried in a pocket or purse, as well as the fact that the glasses are an object designed to be worn over the eyes, makes using them and experiencing life through the glasses almost automatic.

Another example of mediation with Google glass is when a Bride wore them when she walked down the aisle to meet her soon-to-be-husband at the altar. She herself was quoted saying, “My husband and I have a love for technology. We wanted to use Google Glass to capture the most intimate moment of our lives… All my friends told me they were so emotional that they actually forgot [I was wearing the glass] walking down the aisle. This was an experience I never want to forget” (Mashable). Wearing the glasses enabled her to record her wedding as it occurred without necessarily even perceiving that she was doing so. The basic concept of glasses as a whole is that they are designed to alter/better our perception of reality without us necessarily being cognizant of the changes being made.




Works Cited:

Eye Am a Camera: Surveillance and Sousveillance in the Glassage | TIME.com http://techland.time.com/2012/11/02/eye-am-a-camera-surveillance-and-sousveillance-in-the-glassage/#ixzz2pyBzj5lc