Is architecture ready for Google Glass? The augmented reality that Google Glass promises may not seem architectural, but in truth the two couldn’t be more related.
The answer is Yes :)
And it's also Yes for manufacturing in general.
Or at least Glass is a catalyst for this. It is worth noting that, as it stands now, the Glass API has no support for AR at all.
That said, it's only a matter of time, AR Glasses are coming.
If we can hook up Augmented Reality (which will require Cloud computing (or low power mobile GPU computing) for the computer visions and visualization/rendering) then there is a wealth of possibilities in not just architecture and navigation like experiences but much more - like being able to see useful information (show me what part of the building is going to be worked on tomorrow, etc).
It's also a huge enabler for manufacturing. Imagine being able to recognize your product (requires good 3D computer vision but we are getting close now, eg Google Goggles). For example, take a look at a car in the street - "oh i like that one, what options are available for it?" - Bam - i see the options, prices, and related information overlaid on the car.
The future is not only mobile, it's visual!
BTW; some other posts you might find interesting:
http://sco.lt/6vDWVN - BIM, augmented reality and collaboration;
http://sco.lt/6FGPxZ - Augmented Reality 3D tracker (Ford Ordinary Maintenance);
http://sco.lt/8MmoWP - Google Makes 3 Big Bets on NVIDIA;
http://sco.lt/68Bnov - The Power of 3D: Using BIM for Facility Management;
http://sco.lt/7Zxs4v - 3D BIM for downstream users in field and facility management;
http://sco.lt/8buoHB - Augmented Reality for Construction Drawings.
Don't hesitate to ping me if you'd like to talk further on this topic jed[at]4Dpipeline.com