You walk into a coffee shop and you are on your smartphone? You’re a douche. You put on your bluetooth headset and strike a conversation with the person on the other end of the line? You’re a prick. You walk in with your Samsung smart watch and peek in to see what your latest notifications are? You’re a technology slave. See what I am saying? Whenever you are interacting with technology and not speaking to the person next to you in the bus or in a cafe, you’re seen as an anti-social self centered douche who lives on his Facebook feed and Twitter updates. But what if technology isn’t that social evil it is increasingly seen to be? What if putting on your Oculus Rift is not a sign that you are escaping reality and cutting yourself away from society, but another way to experience life and things on a different level? What if putting your Google Glass on is not a move to turn yourself into a cyborg but a means to empower yourself and open up new avenues for you to create things and do things better?
Well, you have probably come across the Google Glass hit video called “Seeds”, and it showed us how wearable technology can transform and touch people’s lives in ways words or human interactions can’t. We had a chance to talk to the 23-year-old filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty who is the creative brain behind the short film that moved many to tears, and drove many more in love with Google glass.
“Seeds” comes under the umbrella of the a bigger project, the Google’s Glass Creative Collective. The project aims to leverage the abilities and functionalities of Google Glass and promote art projects using the wearable device. The results, as this short film shows, were beyond expectation.
Aneesh said he wanted to make something special.
“A lot of work went in the creation of “Seeds”. We studied Glass. We wanted to make sure that the end result will be a polished piece of art that will convey as many emotions across as possible”.
“I was impressed by Glass. I could see how Glass would revolutionize our lifestyles. My biggest challenge was understanding the camera in Glass and how its usage could capture the narrative as I envisioned it. We tried to convey unadulterated footage that communicated the full emotional load of the story we tried to capture.”
Aneesh, whose passion for filmmaking drove to join the Google Glass project, didn’t see “Seeds” as an emotional film, but as a mean to start a conversation.
“We need both sides of the coin when it comes to the conversation about wearable technology. I had my own perception of Glass, but once I gave it a shot it just clicked. We need a balanced public discourse about Google Glass, a discourse that not only explores the inadequacies of wearable technology, but also the new venues it offers and the new angles it can allow us to explore.”
It is great to see technology being leveraged for things we once thought were exclusive to mainstream communication mediums. If a movie or music can move you to tears, why is wearable technology an exception? The perks wearable technology offer, not only in filmmaking but across the board, are unique and revolutionary. Google Glass is new, wearable technology is new and as such will garner resistance and objection at times, but weren’t all technological breakthroughs foreign at some point? Smartphones, smart watches, internet, tablets… the list goes on, and today we are using these gadgets without giving much thoughts to their social repercussions. At the end of the day it is not about the technology itself, but about how it is being used. You could use Google glass as a mean to shy off from social interactions and keep yourself wired all the time, or you could turn it into a magical wand that captures the most beautiful moments of your journey.
Seeds has already been viewed by over 2 Million people on Youtube, give it a click.
Photo Credit: Aneesh Chaganty