A Snippet of What Video Games Look Like on Google Glass

Don't just play your games, wear them! Google Glass unveils what gaming may look like on their highly anticipated ubiquitous computer.

Finally, news about Google Glass that isn’t porn!  In this short video released by Google, we see the foundations how gaming will be achieved through this wearable, “future-is-all-too-near” technology. 

The video showcases the two technological features built in the Glass that will be harnessed for gaming potential – voice recognition, and sensors.  Some of the early ideas shown include games like: tennis, a memory matcher, clay shooting, and a balance game.  To begin any one these in Glass, simply state: “OK Glass, play a game.”

While not the most visually impressive specimens, theoretically, these games may very well hold an infinite amount of potential.  For example, moving beyond the simple shapes shown in the clay shooting game, developers could create some decent arcade style shooters.  By utilizing the sensors shown in the balance game, one could definitely foresee some sort of “Yoga-esque” or other exercise type of game (complete with a display of quantified data on your workout as you go).  Think of the multiplayer possibilities when you introduce someone else with a pair of Google Glass; virtual ping-pong anyone?

While these may be some grand ideas in the scheme of things, Google doesn’t intend for Glass games to be truly groundbreaking.  In fact, they state that these games are meant to be played while you have a few free minutes to spare, allowing you to seamlessly jump in and out when it’s time to switch back to reality.     

It irks me a bit that in five or so years, we humans will be walking around and spouting commands to our eyewear – increasing the interpersonal wedge that is already dividing our species with technologies like this.  But hey, you can’t say that this isn’t pretty spectacular.

I want to know your thoughts on Google Glass gaming -- and other Orwellian musings on the future -- in the comments below.  Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more news, updates, and contests. 

Published Jan. 30th 2014
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  • Jay Ricciardi
    I'm imagining the high levels of the fruit-ninja-y game. You just see someone on the bus furious karate chopping the air in front of them.
  • Richard Whelchel
    Yeah...I'm not quite ready for that future!
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    You see some pretty strange things on the subway already... At least if someone is wearing Google Glass, you can *pretend* they're playing a game.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    I dunno...depending on the motions a certain game requires, I sense potential public scandal. ;)

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