Module 4 Assign: Disruptive Technology

Disruptive technology also called a wildcard (Dr. Thornburg, 2014) takes the place of an existing technology with the same functionality.  The disruptive technology is usually more efficient, cheaper, and more improved thus making the old technology obsolete. Examples of disruptive technologies over the years have been: computers replacing typewriters, laptops replacing desktops, flash drives replacing floppy disks, and smartphones replacing cell phones and PDAs.

Currently, two disruptive technologies are Google Glass sixthsensetechnologyand Sixth Sense. Lathwal and Rajput (2016) defined Sixth Sense as “a wearable mobile interface that augments the physical world around us with the digitalized machine world.” (p. 678) It disrupts the smart phones and iPads/tablets because users will be able to make calls, email, use social media, and take photos without the use of a device because “It is a wearable device that projects visible digital data onto the physical world for users to interact with the digital world.” (Lathwal & Rajput, 2016, p. 678).

Tom’s Guide Staff and Goodrich (2013) stated: “Google Glass is Google’s wearable computer that a person wears like a regular pair of prescription glasses.” (para. 1). Like the Sixth Sense, Google Glass is a manner of freely accessing data without using a handheld device. “A ‘heads-up display’ suspended slightly above your eye places data right in your field of vision, without completely obstructing your view.” (Tom’s Guide Staff & Goodrich, googleglass2013, para. 1). When Google Glass was released in 2014, it was also designed to access the Internet, send text messages, take pictures, download apps, and more (Tom’s Guide Staff & Goodrich, 2013).

When I think of the social benefits of devices like Google Glass and Sixth Sense, my mind goes back to Tony Stark from the Marvel movies. He was able to his wearable devices to project calls, images, videos, and other information. I feel the social benefits would be endless from medical to educational. Students and teachers could give more interactive and engaging presentations with far less tech. Learners of a second language could practice and interact with native speakers in their country with ease. Teachers could easily collaborate and give conferences from around the world. Incidents of injustice could be displayed live around the world, giving the victim worldwide witness.

However, although valiant ideas, Google Glass was a failure (Doyle, 2016) and Sixth Sense rather went into hiding. These technologies were initially designed to disrupt, i.e. replace smartphones and tablets, yet on the contrary, I would say they only helped to enhance the technologies.


Doyle, B. (2016). 5 Reasons Why Google Glass was a Miserable Failure. Retrieved from

Doyle, B. (2016). 5 Reasons Why Google Glass was a Miserable Failure. Retrieved from

Lathwal, S, and Rajput, M, (2016). Sixth Sense Technology. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 6 (6), 678-680.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014a). David Thornburg: Disruptive technologies [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Seminarsonly. (2016, July). How Sixth Sense Technology Works. Retrieved from

Tom’s Guide Staff and Goodrich, R. (2013). Google Glass: What It Is and How It Works (2013). Retrieved from:,news-17711.html


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