If you’re a fellow Tweeter you may have noticed that Google Glass is trending in the “Twittersphere.” So what’s all the fuss? Google Glass is a revolutionary device that provides a sort of heads-up display and interactive computing power in the form of glasses. For many this could be considered a leap in computing, since similar to enhanced touch features, these glasses can potentially change computing in the enterprise.
In last week’s blog post “Enterprise Computing, Meet the Prosumer,” I shared insight on how the introduction of mobile devices is dramatically affecting the way we do business. From simple tasks like note taking in meetings to managing inventory in a warehouse, the ability to work in a “disconnected” fashion is significant. Emerging technologies like Google Glass, take us yet another step forward, potentially removing the need to “touch” compute at all, which makes the human to technology relationship largely ubiquitous.
While such concepts have been discussed for many years, what largely makes innovations like Google Glass a possibility today is the power of cloud services, or to be more specific, the abundance of services and data available to mobile technology. From the ability to search for virtually anything through the use of intelligent voice recognition software such as Siri or create and share photos and videos instantly, cloud services are acting as a catalyst for change in computing. While aimed primarily at the consumer, the enterprise would be amiss to rule out the potential use of technologies like Google Glass within their organizations.
The possibility of such technology is limitless and applications of it will no doubt increase quickly. Consider the next generation of products like Citrix GotoMeeting where the barrier that is the webcam is removed and replaced with the ability to actually see meeting attendants. Now imagine a group of startup developers dispersed across the United States, coding while interacting with each other as if they were sitting in the same room. With such possibilities, is there really a need for concentrated tech “areas” like Silicon Valley to exist?
Like the introduction of mobile devices, this and other technological innovations will continue to usher in change within the enterprise as they become increasingly popular. The verdict is still out on whether or not Google Glass will be socially acceptable beyond generation Y. Perhaps the day come when you walk into a board room, only to find a bunch of wall-street executives sitting around a large oak table, sporting their Google Glasses and giving voice commands to record pertinent information. Time will tell, but one thing is certain, despite of how it is used such technology will eventually make its way into the enterprise.
Even though the initial uses of Google Glass may be novel it won’t be long before they’re used to do everything from viewing sensitive data to conducting pre-earnings executive meetings, which spells bad news for IT since devices like these will need the same level of management necessary for mobile computing devices today.
At AppSense we have always embraced the users desire to work in increasingly seamless ways and will continue to examine how we can help the enterprises adopt consumer technology. It’s too early to tell if Google Glass will be the next iPhone ® but we do know that technology will continue to evolve and the only thing that will ever remain constant is the user thus our focus on enabling them.