photos by Robert Scoble (of Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google), Google press release; and comic image from Joy of Tech
Google released a video preview of their experimental hardware, which they call “Project Glass.” Tech bloggers jumped all over the news item, many humorously mocking the invention, and several video parodies have quickly emerged.
Here’s the news directly from Google:
Here’s an article that shows Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, wearing the device in public:
The New York Times gives a more ‘critical’ take on the glasses:
This may be how Google’s glasses will be used in real-life, when they’re finally released:
Here’s Google’s official video preview of Project Glass:
What’s my take after watching the video?
Don’t we have enough distractions in the world?
What’s wrong with planning and preparation before walking in traffic and boarding trains? And curiously, Google didn’t show their “hero” driving a car. Just what the world needs more of, distracted hipsters moving aimlessly around, instantly gratifying themselves at the expense of everyone else’s safety. You know somebody is going to being driving around with these things on!
What’s wrong with using a phone like a phone- talking and listening, while letting your eyes keep you out of danger? Most people these days can barely pay attention to what’s directly in front of them. And I’m not endorsing talking on a cellphone while walking, driving, or moving about, that’s distracting too. But distracting your eyes, even if it’s on a “heads up” style display, is unnecessary and definitely dangerous in this Project Glass manner.
A lot of that ‘visual information’ they show in the video is rather unnecessary- if you’re outdoors you can probably tell whether it’s cold or hot; the one-way webcam with the hero’s girlfriend is silly, and the location-tracking of your friends is just creeeeepy.
Most likely, this will be a way for marketers to have even more access to the “eyeballs” of persons who willingly wear these things. And I’m sure there’s secret ways being devised to ‘subconsciously’ flash ads or “commands,” on those screens, to get you to do things against your will.
But is this technology worth something?
Things like these should be developed for secret agents and spies, and look less obtrusive. That’s how this technology could be considered ‘cool.’
I love technology, just not the misapplication of it. I was waiting for the hero in the video to jump off the building playing his ukelele, to save mankind. That would have made a better ending.
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