Google Glass May Greet You on Your Next Flight
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.
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.