Photo Taking Wars: iPads vs. Google Glass

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A major nuisances of the modern era is the number of people shooting images from smartphones. Musicians are annoyed by hundreds of phones at live show all taking shots or shooting video of their every sung syllable. Sports fans don’t want to watch the game through another person’s cell phone screen. And can a person just go have a beer at a local brewery without a gaggle of people all shooting party pics?

The problem gets magnified when tablets like the iPad are brought into play. With a screen that’s much larger than the average cellphone, someone’s view could be hampered by another person holding up a tablet to catch a photo of the action. If everyone was taking photos with an iPad, it could drive users back to looking into a Samsung Galaxy 4.

Glass over iPad?

Google Glass aims to change that equation. It is not like a normal camera in a smartphone or iPad. By taking pictures through the Glass headset, there is no ‘camera’ to be held up in the air to shoot the image. A Glass user wears the headset like a regular pair of glasses. When the user is ready to take a picture, a simple voice command or a touch to the headset takes the image. There is no photographic preview; Glass users are encouraged to frame the image with their eyes.

The photo is taken, stored in a card, and then is synced (but not publicly displayed) to the users’s Google + account for storage. There is no time wasting. Walking into a store, you can see an amazing outfit, say ‘Picture” and it’s shot and stored.

That’s a much different experience than what an iPad user faces. One must get an iPad or similar tablet in the air, focus on the subject, clear out any shadows, hold steady and click the button.

The Glass headset is mostly unobtrusive to those behind you watching the game or concert. It’s also pretty invisible to those in front of you as well. Imagine you’re the musician aiming to bring some excitement to the front rows at a concert. But instead of seeing fists in the air, hands clapping and dancing bodies, all you see are Glass wearers not moving at all and quietly and determinedly shooting video and images of the performance. Bet that would be incredibly disconcerting for the performer. Tellingly, the advent of Glass for photography buffs everywhere may just change the paradigm.

While Glass is not expected to launch until 2014, there are enthusiasts who see a hands-free environment for photography when that happens. Innovations continue to make our human ways and means shift as well. Seeing an entire roomful of Glass wearers might be weird next year, but by 2020, you might not even notice the headsets. But you’ll certainly see those iPads.

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