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Google Glass


I’m interested to hear what people think might happen if Google glass takes off in as big a way as mobile phones have? How do you think it will affect the way you interact with your friends in the pub, at a club, at work, or anywhere in public for that matter, if there’s the likelihood that anything you say and do might be filmed and could end up on the web for all to see?

Do you think it will affect the way we act in public, will we all become guarded, fake “Stepford” versions of our true selves, mentally screening and sanitising our true thoughts and opinions until we think they’re suitable for public consumption? Pretty much the exact opposite of youtube comments.

Think of everything you’ve done today, every politically incorrect joke you told, every far right view you may have expressed or bit of gossip you repeated, would you have still said it all if you knew it was being filmed and uploaded?

I’m not saying that we couldn’t do with a bit more politeness in the world and it’s always a good idea to think before you speak anyway, but while youtube comments are a horrible reminder of how nasty people can be when they’re not held accountable for what they say, I’m not sure I fancy the alternative either.

And does anyone else think Opti-grab (The Jerk) when they see them?

I mean, I’ve always hated when people use the word in the definition so pardon me because I don’t feel like googling “google glass.”

Is it just like a camera on my glasses? What is the funtion?

I highly doubt anyone’s life is interesting enough that it needs to be seen from their point of view. Granted there are exceptions, but i seriously have no use for this, or anyone who does.

I would have to say no one better wear those around me. I enjoy my privacy, and those give me none.

They better offer insurance because those things will be broke a lot by other people.

[quote]Aggv wrote:
I highly doubt anyone’s life is interesting enough that it needs to be seen from their point of view. [/quote]

I totally agree with you, but think of all the talentless morons who have their own youtube channels, or who regularly tweet what they had for lunch, who have their own blogs, who are queuing up to get on reality tv, all those young narcissists who want to be famous at any cost, do you not think they’re going to want a pair of these? I bet they think they’re interesting enough.

I was more interested in how people would feel about being filmed going about their business without their permission.

[quote]dmaddox wrote:
I would have to say no one better wear those around me. I enjoy my privacy, and those give me none.
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Exactly. I’m sure it’s going to open a can of worms legally as far as privacy is concerned.

[quote]FarmerBrett wrote:

[quote]Aggv wrote:
I highly doubt anyone’s life is interesting enough that it needs to be seen from their point of view. [/quote]

I totally agree with you, but think of all the talentless morons who have their own youtube channels, or who regularly tweet what they had for lunch, who have their own blogs, who are queuing up to get on reality tv, all those young narcissists who want to be famous at any cost, do you not think they’re going to want a pair of these? I bet they think they’re interesting enough.

I was more interested in how people would feel about being filmed going about their business without their permission.[/quote]

unfortunately i think these will be a hit for that very reason.

These would be cool for people who can provide a new point of view of their experiences, but like i said that only applies to 5% of the population and every douche who thinks their food is interesting to anyone else will be posting videos of them putting something in their mail box now.

I don’t see this becoming a big thing, maybe for a few niche audiences.

Too outwardly nerdy, especially to females.

I think although most people don’t need one they will become fashionable and become the ‘must have’ item.

Like tablets, look how they’ve caught on. Everyone has a tablet now and they do everything your laptop does only worse!

Everyone already has a phone camera, and stealthier options have existed for years. Don’t really see a big difference privacy wise. We’re already there.

[quote]coolnatedawg wrote:
I mean, I’ve always hated when people use the word in the definition so pardon me because I don’t feel like googling “google glass.”

Is it just like a camera on my glasses? What is the funtion?[/quote]

It runs android and projects a “screen” at the top right corner of your field of vision, so you can video chat with friends, ask google maps to give you step by step directions to some place, look at the sign of a restaurant and see reviews and menus and so on. The idea is that you won’t have to bury your face in your phone as so many do now, but look up and experience life as it happens, not through your phone screen.

“Life is that thing that happens while you’re looking at your smart phone”. No more.

I’m excited. Hope they take off. I already wear glasses, wearing some that can actually do more than help me see won’t be that big a leap.

I imagine standing there in scrubs and saying “Ok glass, search youtube for appendectomy” just as the patient gets sedated.

[quote]FarmerBrett wrote:
Everyone has a tablet now and they do everything your laptop does only worse![/quote]

I do not own a tablet or a laptop. So Everyone does not have one. I enjoy my desk top and the money that go to these new electronic devises stay in my pocket and produce more money for me.

I will make sure that anyone wearing those will know really quick if you do not take them off I will punch you in the face and I will take those glasses and SIIYP!!!

[quote]kakno wrote:
Everyone already has a phone camera, and stealthier options have existed for years. Don’t really see a big difference privacy wise. We’re already there.

[quote]coolnatedawg wrote:
I mean, I’ve always hated when people use the word in the definition so pardon me because I don’t feel like googling “google glass.”

Is it just like a camera on my glasses? What is the funtion?[/quote]

It runs android and projects a “screen” at the top right corner of your field of vision, so you can video chat with friends, ask google maps to give you step by step directions to some place, look at the sign of a restaurant and see reviews and menus and so on. The idea is that you won’t have to bury your face in your phone as so many do now, but look up and experience life as it happens, not through your phone screen.

“Life is that thing that happens while you’re looking at your smart phone”. No more.

I’m excited. Hope they take off. I already wear glasses, wearing some that can actually do more than help me see won’t be that big a leap.[/quote]

I dont think these glasses apply to me then

Yeah it looks potentially pretty cool, sort of like the futuristic HUDs that sc-fi movies have or that the terminator had with augmented reality. That being said, they are crazy expensive and could be incredibly dangerous (think people driving with them and watching a youtube video or something).

I personally, being in the tech field, am very interested to see what they do with them but for early models going for $1500, will start off as nothing but a niche product for rich kids.

Fapping would be interesting

I love how “far right view” is now something to be covered up and hidden away like racist jokes and the ever so evil gossip.

As to the glasses, can’t wait to see the increase in traffic accidents. Assult glasses that need to be banned.

  1. I will not talk to anyone wearing them. I would tell them to take them off first.

  2. We’re going to see lots of videos uploaded from the wearer’s prespective of them bumping into shit.

[quote]Aggv wrote:
I highly doubt anyone’s life is interesting enough that it needs to be seen from their point of view. Granted there are exceptions, but i seriously have no use for this, or anyone who does. [/quote]

it could be seen as a status symbol much like the iPhone use to be

Does it read power levels?

[quote]Hellfrost wrote:
Does it read power levels?[/quote]

I had the same question at first haha

I’m surprised at how nasty some people are about the whole thing though, and I don’t just mean here. Obviously it’s fine to ask someone to take them off if your having a conversation with them, but it’s not like they couldn’t film you without your knowledge already!

I wish there was more mainstream stuff towards gaming personally though haha, or home entertainment in general!

First computers occupied a room.

Then they occupied a desk, at work, or in the lab.

Then they occupied a desk, at work, in the lab, and at home.

Then they occupied our laps.

Then they occupied our hands.

This is just one step closer to the long continued integration of the computer and us. Another improvement and minimization of the interface.

People saying “very few people’s lives are interesting enough to be recorded” are really really missing the point. With added improvement in voice recognition and natural language processing and inquiries, the interface will become nearly invisible and seamless. Imagine having the whole of Wikipedia not at your finger tips, but at your voice. Or even preemptively giving you answers to your queries. The technology isn’t there yet, but it’s getting close, and this is another big step towards that.