For those who are aware of what lifelogging is, you realize that it’s been around since the written word evolved with early man. Scribblings on cave walls are technically lifelogging, as people were etching into stone their day-to-day activities, information about their surroundings, their thoughts and feelings, etc. Of course, this evolved to much more thorough methods, like keeping actual journals, and in today’s world we can easily keep video diaries.
The ultimate in video diaries, however, is modern lifelogging. Wearing a camera or some other computing device to record one’s life is extremely popular in this modern age. And with Google’s new “Glass” ready to come out at the end of this year, we might see another few million lifeloggers by 2015.
Google’s new glasses are to be an Android-based computer system inside of wearable sunglasses. Their computing power will rival a smartphone, but without the actual phone access. They will have a camera attached to them, search engine capabilities, and other features favorite amongst smartphone users.
For all intents and purposes, Google’s new goggles are set to be the biggest lifelogging tool to ever hit. But don’t rush out to wait in line just yet. You should first weigh the pros and cons of Google’s anticipated release before making your decision.
In terms of lifelogging, it doesn’t get any easier than wearing sunglasses to record whatever you’re doing. Glasses are much more streamlined and convenient than even the smallest cameras available out there. And they also give you a true first-person take on the world, as the video records from the exact perspective you are viewing the action in live time.
With Android-based technology, it seems fairly certain that these goggles will be very easy to function, contain a lot of space, offer true HD video, and give you ample computing power.
The glasses aren’t really bulky or unsightly whatsoever. They’re very sleek and stylish, and they’re designed to be actual glasses rather than a computer you wear on your face, so you will not have to suffer some uncomfortable burden lingering on the tip of your nose.
For a lifelogger, it doesn’t get much better than always being able to record whatever they want, whenever they want, without having to fuss with a bunch of other pieces of software. Just put on your glasses and record what you want.
Of course, a huge risk here is that you’ll end up not focusing on the world around you. Using these glasses while driving or participating in some other activity which demands your full attention could end in disaster.
Then there’s the privacy issue to consider. Google already knows a lot about your life if you use the service at all. Now they’ll know even more, including who your friends are, where you hang out, etc.
For the price, which is going to be rather steep (no final price is set, but estimates suggest $1,500 at a minimum on the low end), it might not be worth it to use these glasses for lifelogging purposes.
If you’re an avid lifelogger who wants an easier, more advanced way to catalog your life, then Google’s Glass might be a fantastic idea. But remember to consider the pros and cons before you make a purchase.