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Google Glass May Greet You on Your Next Flight

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 9 comments

We've seen Google Glass on the faces of surgeons and police officers, and now flight attendants could be greeting travelers with Google's wearable display. Virgin Atlantic is testing a new system in which airline workers and gate agents use Google Glass and the Sony Smartwatch 2 to streamline the check-in process for passengers.

The trial run is currently being conducted at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3, where the wearable display and smartwatch are being used to provide Upper Class passengers with real time information on flight status. The technology is also being used to greet passengers by name, translate foreign language information and facilitate other flight check-in processes.

MORE: Google Glass: What It Is And How It Works

The test is said to last for six weeks, and the airline may consider a widespread rollout if the experiment is successful. This means that in the future, flight attendants and handling agents may be able to pull up your personal preferences automatically, such as your dietary habits, whether or not you prefer the window seat, and other bits of information. Hopefully this rollout will include economy class passengers as well instead of being restricted to Upper Class airline patrons.

Virgin Atlantic's trial serves as yet another example of how wearable tech can be applied to the professional world. A recent video from Google demonstrates how firefighters could bring up schematics and maps while on the job. Doctors and surgeons are also using Glass to improve surgery and patient care. For example, Glass allowed Chicago surgeon Dr. Anil Shah to view X-Rays or MRIs without taking his eyes off his patient.

Google Glass hasn't hit widespread availability just yet, but the headset is expected to launch in 2014. Given that the search engine giant has recently added prescription frames to its wearable display, we wouldn't be surprised to see it launch soon.

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    SuckRaven , February 11, 2014 8:22 AM
    I can see a lot of these fake smiley/happy people wearing these things getting punched in the face for very trivial if any reason at all. Furthermore, I suspect theft of these devices will be rampant, and "forgetting" your glasses or losing them someplace even more common.And, to be honest, I'm going to just start wearing a mask everywhere I go, because my face belongs to me goddamit, and nobody has any rights to it. I don't want anyone smiling at me, wearing Google glasses and some craptacular software is analyzing my face, and giving the viewer all sorts of info in a HUD. Efff This !!!
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    dalethepcman , February 11, 2014 9:07 AM
    SuckRaven - I would enjoy seeing someone try to punch a flight attendant in the face to steal her Google glass then attempt to get away from the hundreds or TSA / Security people between them and the exit. I also think watching you go into the airport wearing a mask would be quite comical as well, until you got shot. If you don't like the brave new world, no one is forcing you to join it. Go live in a cabin in the woods.I think this is spectacular, and more companies need to try to find ways to leverage technology to make their lives, and that of their customers a little better.
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    NightLight , February 11, 2014 9:56 AM
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    killerclick , February 11, 2014 10:07 AM
    While I realize I'm not the owner of photons bouncing off of my face, I will probably not frequent businesses and socialize with people who use these devices. It's just as rude as someone holding a phone in front of their face and recording everything.However, if they came out with a device that doesn't have a camera, or has a detachable/deployable camera, or that has an indicator that lights up whenever there is power flowing to the camera, I wouldn't mind that at all. Wear whatever headgear you like, just don't record people without them knowing.
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    ahnilated , February 11, 2014 11:08 AM
    Lovely, another intrusion of my privacy while getting onto a plane. What is next, making me walk onto the plane naked to make sure I am who I say I am?
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    Quarkzquarkz , February 12, 2014 9:25 AM
    And afterwards, they will kindly tell you to take them off and stow them away in the upper baggage compartment.. =(
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    wtfxxxgp , February 13, 2014 2:51 AM
    Is it really important to a customer getting onto a plane that the attendant greets them by name? Really? If I were ever to become so high and mighty then I'd want to be shot. Please. Pretty please.
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    SyllabicGeek , February 14, 2014 4:12 AM
    There are numerous devices that can record people without them knowing! Google Glass is not even hidden YET SOME people complain. You know who complains? Apple fans complain because they see Google taking off in multiple fields while Apple is nothing more than a niche market.
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    Gareth Walker , February 17, 2014 10:36 PM
    Yum yum.... The future is here folks. This will be fun :) 
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