Georgia Tech Director of Contextual Computing Group Thad Starner discusses wearable computing and Google Glass technology on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”
In the interview, Thad Starner makes several interesting points:
- The first version of a “Glass-like” device came to be in 1993, for which they coined the phrase “wearable computing”.
- Starner sees the next major breakthrough coming: “a lot of it will be intelligence”, “smart assistants listening in on (your side of) conversations.” [..] “a computer that lives your life with you, learns about the human world.”
- Wearable technology infused and linked with intelligence will provide an “English butler experience for the average person”.
- Smartphones are too slow to interact with, and don’t have access to your environment, the context in which you live and operate from minute to minute.
- Google had independently decided to move into wearable computing, two months before hiring Mr. Starner to be one of the tech leads on the Glass project at Google[X].
- Wearable devices have been around since the 1990s. The first were mp3 players, which are now ubiquitous. “We’ll see a constellation of devices around the body.”
 The recent movie “Her” offers an interesting vision of what it might be like to live with an “AI assistant” looking over our shoulder.