I’m sure we’re all aware of what the internet is. Nowadays, a significant proportion of our time is spent online, from shopping and social media to watching films and tv and gossiping on forums, more and more the things we used to do either in person or via other outlets are slowly migrating to web-based platforms.
And the same is true for other aspects of our lives too.
Businesses and organizations around the world are switching their analog systems over to internet-based systems.
The reason for this is simple: network-based platforms offer far greater functionality and ability to gather vast swathes of data that can then be used to further improve operations and services.
And there is no reason not to suspect that, eventually, the vast majority of our gadgets and devices will be connected to each other through these vast online networks.
With recent innovations in wearable tech from Google and Snapchat, it seems that the rise of so-called smart glasses is inevitable.
But how would these smart glasses work?
And what would make them so smart?
In this article, we’ll be looking ahead to the possible technological innovations the internet of things could bring to eyewear and the subsequent transformation into smart glasses.
What Is The Internet Of Things?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is essentially the connection of internet-capable devices embedded in everyday items that allows them to “talk” to each other through the sending and receiving of data.
Recently, various industries have begun to adopt IoT solutions that include remote sensors and monitoring systems to enable them to collect data about their various operations and services in order to understand where their services and operations can be improved and where best to allocate resources.
Many businesses and organizations within farming, manufacturing, security and a number of other industries are currently in the process of integrating IoT applications into their operations.
With hardware solutions like Google Glass teasing the possibility of wearable, IoT-enabled tech, it surely won’t be long before more investment goes into this technology.
At present, there are IoT solutions available that allow users to receive real-time data to their laptops, smartphones or tablets from various connected sensors and apparatus that are all linked via a shared network.
With hardware similar to that of Google Glass or Snapchat Spectacles, it is entirely possible that manufacturers could come up with a wearable technology that allows farmers, for example, to receive live information about soil conditions directly to their eyewear.
A potential huge benefit to farmers, regardless of whether they actually needed to wear glasses or not.
This is but one of the various benefits IoT-enabled smart glasses could bring to industrial or agricultural sectors, but there also benefits for personal use of this technology, as we’ll find out.
What Makes Smart Glasses Smart?
Smart glasses would get their name from their ability to perform multiple functions due to IoT-enabled applications.
Much like smartphones, smart glasses would have several applications they could perform alongside their primary function, which in this case would be providing visionary aid or a wearable heads-up display (HUD).
Smart glasses would enable large numbers of professionals in different industries to collect data from IoT-enabled vehicles, devices and equipment and allow them to adjust their focus or allocate further resources to areas that require them.
It’s reasonable to think that such innovations could revolutionize the industry and change the way business is conducted.
However, there are also more personal benefits to individual users.
One of the main appeals of smartphones is the sheer number of apps available for use, and usually for free.
These apps allow for the user to take advantage of the “smart” technology built into the phone, such as GPS and weather monitoring.
If glasses were designed that had the same functional applications as a smart phone, we might see further investment into the research and development of better, smarter eyewear.
Glasses that not only act as a visual aid, but could also provide real-time data about weather conditions, suggest the best travel routes based on live information from transport systems and collect data about an individuals health and activity levels could prove to be incredibly popular.
As with any online system, there are security issues to take into consideration.
Any technology connected to the internet needs to be protected against external cyber threats and any devices connected via these systems will need to be protected too.
If IoT-enabled smart glasses become widely manufactured and adopted, businesses and individuals will need to ensure they keep up to date with the latest software and security updates.
However, it is just as important that developers continue to build upon their systems and regularly release updates and patches for their existing products.
Only through mutual cooperation will the most important security questions on how to keep ourselves safe online be answered.
Most of us are aware of the basics of staying safe online, however, with new technologies will come new risks and users of IoT-enabled smart glasses will need to make sure they’re aware of how best to stay up to date and protected.
No need to panic though, as much like games consoles, smartphones and laptops and computers, most software and security will likely be in the form of notifications advising the user that an update is available and giving them the option to update.
If smart glasses prove popular, we may also see further innovation to their abilities which could then lead to as yet unknown applications in various different sectors.
So, what do you think about the potential for innovation the Internet of Things provides?
Would you get yourself a pair of smart glasses if they were widely available?
Sounds off and let us know in the comments what your thoughts are.
Time will tell what the future holds for smart glasses and the internet of things, however, one thing we can be certain of is that we as humans will continue to innovate and develop technology that improves both our lives and our experience of the world around us.
However, if you’re looking for something a little less high-tech, check out these Infinity 8062 Men’s glasses.
Thinking about getting into weightlifting? Check out The Women’s Guide To Weightlifting
Tag #SelectSpecsSelfie for a chance to be featured on our page!