When you first meet someone, it can often take a long time to get through the introductions, and past the questions we’ve all heard a thousand times. With a little help from an app for Google Glass called Refresh, that may no longer be the case. The app supplies you with “instant dossiers” for the people you meet, a tool long-employed by business leaders and politicians.
The Google Glass app builds on an iPhone app launched last year that pulls data from multiple sources, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Github, AngelList, Yahoo, and even the real estate site Zillow. “Dossiers are this power tool that world and business leaders get and our goal is to democratize this,” cofounder and CEO Bhavin Shah said in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat.
Shah’s inspiration for Refresh goes back to 2004 when he was working with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson on an international mission to Kabul, Afghanistan. He saw the power and utility of the briefing books Thompson got, which enabled him to make eloquent speeches and form real connections with people.
While the app seems to be the perfect way to tap into mountains of online information and put it to good use, there is also the worry that people will have access to too much information too soon. It could encourage completely transparent interactions between people, but it could also mean people lose the ability to share personal information at their own pace.