Maybe you’ve heard about Google Glasses, the new technology that has you wearing “smart glasses” that take photos of everything you see. Yeah, I didn’t know anything about it, either. I think a lot of people haven’t been taking it seriously, since a) Google expands into so many realms and b) it sounds so futuristic. But this photo above suddenly has people taking Google Glass a lot more seriously.
See, Google VP Sebastian Thrun decided to play around with the Google Glass technology while playing with his kid, and snapped this photo. As io9 points out, creative pics of children are nothing new… until you consider that this is the first photo of its kind taken hands-free. If Thrun had been using a traditional camera, the photo would have seemed slightly posed, not as spontaneous and interrupted as in this captured moment.
Imagine photos with this same kind of urgency—the first-person perspective on a soccer game, or a first date that’s going really well. io9 mentioned my personal dream for being able to document one’s life, which is the ability to record arguments; I can not tell you how many times I’ve wanted to rewind five minutes to call someone out on what they said. And yes, I would put that under a positive effect of smart-glasses technology. Or it could go the way of that thriller The Final Cut, where all of people’s ugly secrets get recorded, too.
Well, I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, let’s just enjoy this awesome photo and feel like, more than any other bit of social media, we were truly there in that moment.
Photo: Sebastian Thrun via Google+