Google Glass is about to become the ultimate design accessory. Though it is yet to be officially released, it could change the way Interior designers and architects do business. They are chomping at the bit to use technology’s latest wonder-device to find inspiration, choose colors, plan layouts and more.
Already, experts are prognosticating that Glass will change the way designers deal with their clients. Instead of traveling to a client’s home or to the jobsite, a designer could show the client wall coverings from a showroom across town or in another state. They could snap images from a furniture store and share their inspiration on the go.
Isabelle Olsson, Google Glass lead designer, told Interior Design that the device’s real strength is real-time remote communication. While it will have implications for the design process, it will improve customer service and communication.
Decoist.com suggest Glass could be used with an accompanying app to take measurements of rooms and buildings. That would allow consumers to measure a room or house with the device and then send the data to a AAOA design contractor remotely, reducing the amount of time spent on a project. Even if that technology doesn’t come to fruition, Glass can take simple video to give the designer and contractor a visual of the property to begin the idea process. The transaction and interaction would then truly be virtual.
Paint company Sherwin Williams has adapted its Android mobile phone app to Google Glass. ColorSnap Glass combines Sherwin Williams’ tech advances in color recognition with Glass’ built-in camera capabilities. Glass wearers can download the app, snap images of interior walls and paint colors and match them to the Sherwin Williams database of approximately 1,500 paint colors. The app then sends a color swatch back to the glass user, who then pick up the paint at the nearest Sherwin Williams outlet.
Some are suggesting the true potential of Glass is not in the hands of consumers, but in the toolboxes of designers, builders and other commercial enterprises. DesignBuildSource suggests that Glass will pave the way for augmented reality to work its way into the building process. This sci-fi technology would allow designers to superimpose 3D graphic files over actual rooms and buildings to see a much more realistic rendering of a job.
The digital eyeglass is already in its second update. Google launched a new version in late October that adds an earpiece and works for eyeglass wearers. As with the Android mobile platform for phone apps, Google Glass is also developing its app platform for Glass. Developers from all walks are looking at Glass for new applications, much in the same way that mobile developers looked at the Android platform a few years ago. Google itself has clear directions for developers — the apps should serve a clear need for users and be ready to use when Glass wearers say “go.”
There are endless possibilities ahead for Google Glass in interior design. It’s your time to take a chance and see what it can do for you.
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