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Google Glass and the Rise of POV

• David Zax via

The other day I wrote about how I was skeptical about advertisements ever finding a home on Google Glass, largely for reasons of “screen real estate” (“reality real estate” may be more apt). I urged readers to take my argument with a grain of salt, having neither sampled Google Glass nor having seen a simulation of it. Yesterday, Google finally posted a video introduction to the Google Glass experience. Check it out here:

If Google Glass indeed becomes the next smartphone–something I’m agnostic if not skeptical about, but something that doesn’t seem impossible, either–then this video might mark the beginning of a new visual epoch. Something interesting happens around the 0:20 mark in the video above. We cut from a third-person view, to a first-person view; where before we saw a woman, now we see what she sees.

We’re familiar, of course, with the “point of view” shot, a staple in cinema for decades. One of my favorite curiosities of old cinema is the Robert Montgomery version of “Lady in the Lake,” for instance, in which the camera simulates the viewpoint of the private eye Philip Marlowe throughout the film. The idea was that just as Raymond Chandler’s books were written in the first-person, so should film attempt to do so; the novel’s “I” would become the camera’s eye.

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