Google glass is one of the most anticipated gadgets in the technology realm right now, and for good reason. The headset, which allows users to wear a small computerized device over their forehead (similar to a set of sunglasses) allows people to experience a new type of augmented reality — a technological layover of the real world, unlike anything anyone has seen before outside of science fiction films.
With all this in mind, we here at LeatherUp are left to wonder just what purpose, if any, the device that is simply known as ‘glass’ will have for motorcycle riders in the future. Google Glass, set to debut later this year, could provide riders with a better, safer way to navigate through unknown territory, as well as a more intuitive method for listening to music, recording video and taking and answering phone calls in a much safer way. It could also get some riders hurt by staring at a screen instead of the road.
By simply slipping “Google Glass” on under you helmet you could call up Google Maps to show you the best route home; suggest places of interest and dining options on your long journeys throughout the country; and could even ask it to help you record your journey through video, showing your friends and family your long (or short) road trips in ways never before thought possible.
But, one of the things we wonder about is, “will it be safe to use?” LeatherUp already sells a number of Bluetooth-connected helmets and accessories, and several companies have just recently introduced Bluetooth-enabled gloves. An article on Xmotorcycle.com recently reviewed one such headset, in fact, and we agree with the author that safety has to be (and should be) the main focus for any rider.
There is no doubt in my mind that a rider could use technology to better their riding experience, and it could lead to even safer options for some riders out there. Avoiding congesting traffic and taking alternate routes — all suggested by Google Glass — could easily lead to less accidents for riders of all experience levels. Especially when you consider the fact that lane splitting in congested traffic is only legal out here in California. Whether talking to a device and having yet another thing to monitor and pay attention to ends up being a better or worse idea, though, is yet to be clear.
Add to this the simple fact that some of us just want our daily/weekly rides to be about us, a motorcycle, and the open road. There are others out there who want some of the creature comforts of home, such as stereo music, and an always-connected phone or computer-like device, but are they a majority, or even a large group of motorcyclists? That’s something else we’ll just have to patiently wait and watch what happens.
Google Glass will never be for every rider, but for some it could be the start of a very interesting new way to experience the journey from point A to point B. And that’s why we’re going to be one of the first to test it out for you whenever the device gets a more massive release in the near future.
Watch the video of Google Glass in action below, and let us know what you think about this potential new riding accessory below!