An always-interesting talking point about +Google Glass
has been its web browser. Unlike many topics within the Glass community, the browser tends not to be a polarizing issue – in my experience, opinions on the user agent often skew towards the negative, or even more damning, complete apathy (indifference being a fate worse than death for a consumer product). Admittedly, I’m an outlier – in countless conversations throughout Glass’ beta lifespan, whenever the topic of the Glass browser came about I’d typically be The Guy to fly the flag in defense of it. As in, the only guy
When +Allen Firstenberg
and I were writing Designing & Developing for Google Glass
), we initially dedicated a chapter to web access within the head-mounted display. And while in terms of capabilities the Glass browser stands toe-to-toe with other mobile browser platforms, two concerns always bubble up: How is most web content presented in such a small viewport?
, and Does the experience of surfing the web on Glass contradict the wearable goal of microinteractions?
That’s what we sought to investigate.
Sadly, our material was destined for a place on the cutting room floor, as it just didn’t jive with the rest of the discussion about the system…which in some people’s minds probably serves as a metaphor for the Glass browser overall. Ouch.
So here's our lost chapter, "Wearable web access with Google Glass"
. It’s still worth knowing what the potentials are for experiencing browser-based content on your head when you inevitably need to step out of the timeline and get on the Web.