This is why I’m afraid of the future: Google Glass, if you don’t already know, is basically like a wearable version of the internet. For $1,500, you can get a pair of ugly glasses that allow you to keep a computer-like display in your field of vision at all times. You’d be able to take pictures, perform searches, and provide even more status updates. What could go wrong!?
New technology creates new problems, such as how can you be expected to share really juicy gossip with your friend if he’s wearing a headset that uploads everything to the internet? What happens to privacy? What if you just don’t feel like being filmed right now, thank you very much? To that end, one Baltimore entrepreneur has come up with a solution: the GlassKap, Todd Blatt writes, “is a plastic, perfectly formed lens cover for Google Glass [that] provides a visual cue to your friends and those around you that you are neither recording them nor snapping pictures with the blink of an eye.”
Yes, it is basically a glorified lenscap. Yes, we are at the stage of human technological development where we have to start assuming that people are taking pictures of us if they don’t explicitly telegraph to us that they’re not. At least, though, Blatt is having a little fun with it. The GlassKap comes with accessories such as “wearable planter” and “handy targeting scope.”
All grousing aside, the coolest thing about this project is its origins in the Baltimore maker community: Blatt is a member of the Baltimore Node Hackerspace, which helped give him feedback on the 3D printed design. If you care to donate to his campaign, visit his Kickstarter here.