Google Glass will instantly transform every meeting room or space into a videoconferencing area. Only better. Much better.
With time to iterate and extend, Google Glass videoconferencing will be better than most room systems based solutions. Google Glass has some strong advantages:
- Easier to use. Room systems are hard. Wearing Glass is not. We can safely assume Google will provide simpler voice commands than the remote controls and UIs of today’s room systems.
- Better vision. Room systems don’t work as well as your eyes and head in following the flow of a meeting. Glass on the other hand follows your eyes. And many meetings will have multiple pairs of eyes (multiple Glass wearers), providing opportunities for different streams/views, panoramas and view combinations.
- Powerful integrations. Your Google Glass video will work with your collaboration or workflow application, e.g. your app or browser working with Google Glass via WebRTC. In many cases, Google Glass will also have your identity, preferences, cloud storage locations, networks, calendars, and access to (n) other apps and services via their APIs.
- More flexibility and extensibility. Compared to today’s room based videoconferencing systems, Google Glass cost will be very low (and stay low thanks to Google’s overall business model), while extensibility and flexibility will be extremely high. These factors of course promote innovation and functionality.
There needs to be enabling software layers to effectively do all of the above, but expect Google Hangouts + Google Glass to provide some of it “out of the box”, and third-parties to leverage the APIs to deliver the rest.
And of course there will be logistics and dynamics to manage – the person constantly looking at their email or phone is probably not the best person to be broadcasting via Google Glass, and many people won’t want to do it. There will be plenty of conversations around quality, security, encryption and recording. But it will happen.
This doesn’t need to wait for critical mass of Google Glass (and competitors). For example, in many offices, you checkout a portable LCD projector and similar shared assets on a meeting-by-meeting basis. Why not checkout Google Glass too? A couple thousand dollars of Google Glass might video enable every conference room you have (once the software pieces are in place).
Of course, Google Glass is not restricted to the meeting room – Google Glass can help remote teams video enable the whiteboard in the common area or the huddle around the coffee pot for ad-hoc video-enabled sessions. One step closer to distance independent interaction.
Google Glass is a paradigm changer that is much larger than just enterprise video. Consider for example the doctor visiting the patient, with the video and audio of the session, as well as all the contextual information and data from instruments that the doctor can bring with her (Internet of Things) being fed to three specialists in real-time…all while the doctor tends to the patient in a natural manner. However, even enterprise video has some interesting possibilities. Can I Glass you into the coffee pot conversation the next time it comes up to get your thoughts?Google+