Assignment 2 — Critical Design Influenced Future Communication Technology
*For this assignment I decided to fulfill the suggested criteria of writing a fictional non-biased future news article about a particular technology.
Google Revolutionizes Tech with “Google Lens”
Google broke new ground this week with its release of “Google Lens:” a cloud-based mobile computer-contact lens hybrid device.
On track to possibly replace physical hand-held smart devices, Google Lens is a contact lens mobile computing device that connects users to their phone, home computer, or any other device they may have into one seamless interface manipulated by the users eyes, voice, and physical movement.
These lenses capture, record, and save every moment the user experiences, and allow users to communicate in ways thought to be only possible to the imagination. Commands such as “what did she just say?” or “record that song” can be spoken by the user, prompting the lenses to playback any audio or video as well as save them to cloud storage.
Social media integration is seamless through Google Lens, providing users the ability to update statuses, post pictures, send messages, add friends, block other users, and virtually perform any other action through speech commands or eye-based navigation.
The device projects a customizable “heads-up display” onto the eye of the user upside-down, as the human eye contains naturally inverted retinas. Once projected, the brain compensates for this inversion and “flips” the display upright, molding itself to appear as if it were apart of our natural world without obstructing the central field of vision.
The display can be customized to include the date and time, recent messages, Wi-Fi connectivity, data usage, or any other information typical to a devices “home screen.” Motions can be bound to certain actions such as turning your head slightly to the left to turn a page back, and turning your head slightly to the right to turn the page forward.
Additionally, the opacity of all information displayed has a default minimum to not entirely obstruct the user’s vision, but can be changed to be as underwhelming as desired. Settings to adjust opacity and brightness can be auto-selected to change automatically when transitioning through darker and brighter areas.
Google Lens can fit any and all eyeglass prescriptions, and is applied like regular contact lenses. Users who have never worn contact lenses before need not worry about discomfort or maintenance as Google Lenses are built with a self-lubricating external micro-biotic film, allowing for all-day use and can even be kept on while sleeping.
The films interior layer is comprised almost entirely of microscopic photovoltaic cells that convert light into energy, meaning that as long as the users eyes are open the device charges itself. Additionally, the device recognizes rest patterns and will shut itself down whenever the users eyes are closed, with zero delay upon rebooting.
Google Lens comes with two contact lenses that are custom made based upon webcam scans of every individual’s face, eyeglass prescription, level of colorblindness, and other optical needs.
The package includes two wireless self-charging earphones designed with ambient-sound integration so the audio of the device does not overpower, or distract, the user from sounds being made in the physical world. This technology is imperative, as much of our ability to balance ourselves is dependent upon the ability to hear.
The package also contains a central data storage unit that connects directly to the modem of any household. This unit is cloud-based, meaning that no matter where the user is on the planet as long as they have Internet connection they have access to all of their data stored using Google Lens.
Put simply, a woman wearing Google Lenses fishing on the beach could search for a video on how to tie a fisherman’s knot as long as she is within range of a reliable Internet source.
The device also includes a discrete wristband appliance that can measure heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and other vital signatures. The wrist appliance can also detect physical ailments such as low blood sugar for users with diabetes.
Peripheral sensors on the earphones detect movement, and respond to sensors on the eye lenses themselves to warn against physical collisions as well as objects traveling towards a user.
Google Lens also detects whether or not the user is operating a motor vehicle, or other manually operated mechanical devices, and reduces functionality accordingly. It does not, however, disable itself if a user enters a self-driving vehicle. Instead the device connects to the central computer of the vehicle via Bluetooth, increasing compatibility between a user and their most frequently used devices.
The lenses are not without their faults, however. Throughout its beta phase Google Lens experienced a rather sharp initial learning curve when adapting to this type of integrated technology. Some users were recorded walking at slower paces at first, while others preferred to sit still until they were familiar with the interface.
However, as predicted by Google marketers, users between the ages of 14–35 adapted rather quickly to this new technology, as the recorded average time for a user to become familiar with the lenses within this age group was 15 minutes.
This revolutionary device is not only changing the way we see, but the way we think and communicate. What once brought us the ability to connect to the entire world in the palm of our hand is now doing so via our innate senses. What we choose to see, hear, and say via the Internet can now be apart of what we simply experience in our everyday lives.