Will Google Glass change architecture?
With the wealth of information that can be accessed and overlaid in the augmented reality that Google Glass promises the simple answer is an emphatic yes!
With today’s smartphones we have a window into the future of the information that can be accessed on the fly. To have this information visually overlaid on the world, may seem invasive, if not downright scary, to some, while others will find it a necessary tool to work competitively in an expanding information driven world. If you have ever watch the targeted ads depicted in the movie Minority Report we can easily visualize potential problems but you might be happy to have the nearest gas station directions “pushed” to you when your car is running low or vacancies in a building where you would like to lease office space. Tailoring the experience to the desired needs of the user will be a challenging task for the future programmers of this technology but it will happen.
So the real question is, for an architect, what might this technology offer?
Walk-through design assistance for both the architect and client was the first thought that came to mind. Apps to record, accurately measure and transfer existing spaces into the computer to help actualize the architects vision. Then outputting that design to the glasses so the client could accurately visualize the designed improvements while in the physical space or a totally virtual world. Some of this is already available but only in the studio. Take it to the project site and who knows what design and customer satisfaction potential might be at your doorstep!
To learn more about this technology please read Zachary Edelson‘s article titled Is Google Glass Going To Change Architecture Forever?