According to the practitioners of the String Theory, our universe has a minimum of 10 dimensions. However, for humans like us it is only possible to directly experience three spatial dimensions. Besides, we also experience the passage of time, which is the fourth dimension. Apart from that, we only know that other dimensions are also possible via theoretical mathematics. As a matter of fact our universe holds secrets that we will never be able to see directly.
Even if we are to discount, beyond our perception, the idea of dimensions and the string theory at large, our world is filled with wealth of raw data and information that we are not even bothered to find out, or rather, aware of, in our day to day lives. When you are visiting a city for the first time, you only rely on your senses for gathering information. A computer or a smartphone can help out in getting the required information about the city’s history, geography, economics and other cultural attributes.
One of the highlighting aspects that come out of Google Glass features is the augmented reality concept. Augmented reality applications superimpose a level of digital data on top of the physical universe around us. The use of this augmented reality app on your mobile device can help to capture a lot more detailed image about the city and then receive on-screen data about your surroundings.
While on one hand these augmented reality apps can be entertaining and informative, the form factor is still little shaky. You have to hold up the mobile phone and stare at the screen; it might give you a feeling of ‘Star Trek’ away team, where you are one with your eyes fixed to a tricoders in place of drinking in the sights.
Google is of course one of the big companies developing a solution to the problem that comes in the form of a wearable device. The device is called Google Glass, and it runs on the concept of augmented reality. It looks just like a pair of glasses with one side of the frames a little thicker than the other.
The name is of course apt for the branding and it might just open your eyes to an all new digital universe, or make you look a complete nerdy Terminator who is always chosen last for robo-dodgeball.
That of course, only time will tell.