Sometime in the near future, many of us will see the world through Google Glass, the new wearable technology from the search engine giant. Glass is available only for developer use and beta testing, but app makers around the world are scrambling to create new uses for a device that’s essentially the first of its kind. Glass will let users see the weather, connect with friends, navigate the sidewalks and, most notably, shoot pictures and record video — all without lifting a finger. The photography industry is already a completely different place compared to only 10 years ago. Smartphones replaced point-and-shoots, which replaced film cameras before them. And now we’re about to have a new way to take pictures. It’s not just Instagram pics and selfies at stake, Google Glass could change photography (and videography) in many ways.

GoPro and Extreme Sports

Videography and extreme sports have been holding hands for years with GoPro right in the middle. It’s rare for a stuntman, snowboarder, or skydiver to risk it all without a GoPro camera strapped to his helmet or chest. GoPros pack incredible recording capabilities with the Hero3 being able to capture the action in the newest 4K resolution. While the cameras aren’t heavy, the mounts and straps required are sometimes awkward during extreme movements. A camera stuck to the top a helmet isn’t always the sleekest option when flying down the slopes.

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Recon Instruments is a step ahead. It’s developed the Jet, a pair of cycling glasses with Google Glass tech built right into the frame, including its high-definition camera. There’s no other mounting or assembly required, just slip on the glasses. The popularity of these products could be a huge boost to Glass’s success.

 

Event Shooting and the ‘Ready State’

In photography, timing is everything. This was truer with film because wasting shots was expensive. But even in the digital realm, the perfectly timed shot is priceless. That’s the “ready state,” having the camera up and ready to shoot. With any camera ranging from an iPhone to a DSLR, the photographer must physically hold it in the ready position to get the perfect picture, but Google Glass could change all that. Pictures and video are taken by a voice command. Simply say a phrase like: “Glass. Take picture,” and what you see is what you capture.

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Google Glass, and other technologies like it, could affect the way we capture moments. An amateur photographer could simply use Glass to capture a natural, relaxed moment at the dinner table for the family Christmas card.

Sports and Entertainment

Sports entertainment is more up-close and personal than ever. Miked helmets, sideline interviews and former-athlete analysts give fans at home a new level of insider’s access to the game. These videos of athletes wearing Google Glass show what the view could look like on the main stage. Could you imagine the ability to switch between cameras worn by all 22 players on the football field. That level of access isn’t touched by anything available today.


An exact release date isn’t known, but Google Glass is slated for public release in 2014.

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