In April of 2012 Google announced an interesting project called Google Glass (or Project Glass). This became available to testers and developers in early 2013 for about $1500.

 

You tether them by Bluetooth to your smartphone for the connection. It currently has about 5 hours battery life on average usage as tested by Engadget. Many people are expressing serious concerns over privacy (bathrooms, movie theaters, bars) where people don’t know if you are recording them on video. There is no LED light blinking/on that would provide any indication. You can wear them over regular eye glasses. The focal point for the display is several feet in front of you.


“Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.”

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass


 

 

What you need to know by TechRadar

http://www.techradar.com/news/video/google-glass-what-you-need-to-know-1078114

 

Gizmodo with some news, videos, reviews, and gossip

http://gizmodo.com/tag/google-glasses

 

Mashable

http://mashable.com/category/project-glass/

 

Engadget YouTube video review

 

 

173 Comments
  1. One of my close friends was able to look at a pair of Google Glasses for around 5 minutes and loved instantly. He expressed the same issues with them that others have already, mainly being with privacy.

    When someone uses a camera, you see that in the persons hand, and you’re able to react or move yourself away from that object. Google Glasses are so different though, as recording is able to happen at any point, without any real indication from the person using the device.

    That, and the price is what really puts me off ever using them, or anyone else using them for that matter. We’ll see what happens and what they do to fix the issues we have with them when they’re released.

    • Yeah, I definitely agree- there’s too much privacy concerns as of right now.

      I’d probably feel uncomfortable and awkward if some random stranger came in with a (pair of?) Google Glass, without knowing whether he’s just a technology lover or a creepy person.
      Overall though, I trust that with the amount of resources that Google has, they can fix their technology and the privacy concerns.

  2. Well, I don’t think the price should be a problem. Cool gadgets like that shouldn’t be priced lower than that otherwise it will be used by just every Tom, Dick and Harry.

    The privacy issue is really something that has to be checked. Although, that’s one of the things that make a glasses like this super cool. I mean the ability to invade other people’s privacy without them knowing and other possibilities.

    • In regards to the pricing – I think that they’re priced expensively for two major reasons. The first is to recoup the research and development costs. Something cutting edge like the Glass would be very expensive to develop from the R&D perspective, not to mention the production facilities and cost of construction. Recouping costs will probably be their first goal, especially since it doesn’t sound like there are a ton of ways to monetize the Glass yet (like games for consoles, where consoles are sold at a loss, but recouped through game sales).

      On the other hand, you also want to price the product higher to imbue a sense of exclusivity. Look at “designer” brands for any type of product, even though the technology and materials that go in to it aren’t THAT different, the pricing can be multitudes more expensive.

  3. I think Google Glass is another way of making people more dependable of being online. Thanks to smartphones, we already are connected 24/7, not a moments rest anymore. But the glasses are even a step further: it’s always in your face, right in your view, a constant reminder if you get a new mail. Soon people will stop enjoying the things around them because they will only feel the need to share their experiences online and who would want to share boring stuff like a tree in a park or a bird chirping? Everything will have to be flashy, cool and if possible exclusive.

    I’m no big fan of Google Glasses, and they’ll have to be very convincing to change my mind.

    • I totally agree with you. Society has already become too dependent and addicted to technology. We don’t need something else to tether us to work and cyberspace, and prevent us from having real lives.

      I can see some practical use for this in fields such as science and medicine where it can give information to assist with procedures (as long as it doesn’t become a source of distraction). However, for most people this is a fascinating device in theory, but not one I think which would provide much benefit to humankind in actuality.

      • Sadly, this item will be looked at more as a cool gadget that people can make money from. It’s why it is being marketed as the next hip thing. As for practical uses, many tech enthusiast tinker with gadgets and discover how else things can benefit mankind. I think there are Kinect mods that are exploring its uses beyond playing games. http://www.kinecthacks.com/top-10-best-kinect-hacks/

        • Yes, good point; the “cool factor” may override other concerns. And those are some very interesting and creative Kinect hacks especially when we look at them in this context. There’s the Kinect “3d Object and People Scan” for instance which uses the images of real people. So just imagine what people will be able do with Google Glass.

    • I mostly agree with you… just looking at some of the glass pros/cons:
      Pros:
      You have a smartphone on your eye
      You’re connected (!!) to the world online
      Cons
      Costs a bunch (~1500)
      You still need your smartphone (!!) in order to access anything on it
      You may need to pay additional fees to tether and use Bluetooth to connect the glass
      You can’t even do advance searches on Google (on their own device???)
      Overall, although I probably seem overly biased against the glass, I feel that the glass is just a waste of money and a way for Google to earn even more money from people who like technology and cool gadgets (although in my opinion, unnecessary)

  4. The price will certainly be some sort of deterrent but if Google Glass becomes a hit, Google will want to get most people to have one eventually. People’s privacy concerns are valid but with the rate of technological improvements these days, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before these things we fear will be part of our everyday life. I’d like to be optimistic that safeguards against privacy invasion will be discovered when that time comes.

    • I’m afraid privacy will become less and less of an issue. The younger generation think less and less about what they share on the internet, they check in on foursquare and facebook, put pictures of basically everything they do on Instagram and Facebook, without thinking for a second who they are sharing it with and what implications it can have on their lives later on and I don’t think that’s really about to change anytime soon

      • Mostly, I agree. What’s disturbing me is how the internet is conditioning this generation to not mind about having our information up in the open. The internet is making it sooo easy to share our info and we don’t really get to think much of its implications because it’s just easier that way. We only remember its dangers when we hear a news or two of how things went wrong for someone else. We haven’t really caught up with how to protect ourselves in the internet and then we have Google Glass.

        • To play devil’s advocate – maybe it’s the natural evolution of the way we look at what is private and what isn’t. I mean, as humanity progresses, there are sure to be major changes in our outlook. For example, look at the degree of sexual repression in the early 1800s compared to now. Back then, you could get in some serious trouble if you were not (at least reputedly) chaste and non-deviant.

          Nowadays, it’s basically assumed (I guess depending on locale) that people are sexual creatures that have needs and desires. It’s a paradigm shift that has happened before in other areas, and perhaps we’re in the midst of one now in regards to privacy online.

          • I agree about the paradigm shift. It’s probably what keeps me from freaking out. Whatever happens, people will just adapt and so will the technology for and against what we perceive now as privacy.

    • Yup, I agree.
      As I stated in a post earlier, however, I feel that the price is not worth it (again, just my opinion). It feels like you are paying 1500 for an extra device that only does maybe 30% of what your smart phone already does.
      Also, to add on the privacy concerns – I just feel it isn’t necessary and wastes resources for something that can be done on your smart phones. It seems interesting at first, but the cons are too great to overcome the pros.

  5. Well, there’s no way I’d be able to afford it, but I don’t think I would be happy to use a gadget like that anyway. It’s not only the privacy thing which worries me, but I just don’t like the idea of having virtual reality right in front of my eyes like that. I’d rather my eyewear helped me connect with the real world rather than the virtual world!

    • You’re right. The thing is way too expensive for most people to buy it now. And even if the price does fall drastically I don’t see how the thing will actually become mainstream as it does sound quite a niche product.

      I’m not too sure how most people will feel about having a computer in front of their eyes 24/7 and being online all the time without any rest. Even the most hardcore of tech people wouldn’t prefer this in many situations.

      It can be good as a novelty product or be used to show off, but I don’t see people actually using it all the time even if they get it.

      Let’s just say if people buy it, this won’t be the only pair of glasses they own.

  6. 1500$ does not actually sound that bad. Add to that the fact that 6-12 months after they are first released the price may be cut by 50%.

    I had never thought about the privacy issues of someone being able to remotely see what you see, recorded or anything else like that. It is scary. People will start to look like cyborg, rich cyborgs. A new type of discrimination is at hand.

  7. I think the privacy concerns are mostly unfounded given that Google are exercising somewhat more rigorous control of content that can run on Glass. Additionally, not many people are going to actually have them.

    It’s clear this is Google testing the waters for wearables, and in their classic fashion, have created a product which although ambitious, has little practicality going for it. 5 hours of battery life is quite, quite bad.

    • Engadget reported the 5 hours in their youtube video review. I was surprised to hear it being so low.

      • Is 5 hours really that bad though? I mean it isn’t exactly as if the Glass has a lot of area on it to store a battery. Remember, this is a device that you’re wearing… on your face of all places. There’s a lot at stake in regards to wearer comfort, because, I would imagine, a product that you don’t use because it feels bad will have very little worth to you.

        5 hours in my opinion is a reasonable amount of battery life if you make concessions for the form factor.

        • Five hours is also ok in my opinion as well. I wouldn’t put it on for more than five hours at a stretch for convenience sake and all associated with it. The only reason I would be getting it anyways is for the sake of getting it and using its features whenever it’s the right option for the purpose. And not as a replacement for other devices that can do what it’s capable of better and more convenient.

    • The short battery life might be because it’s a relatively young technology. As the technology matures, I’ll expect a longer battery life but that might be a few years from now at least. I’ll agree not so many people will be using Google Glass when it’s more available but give it a few years and it’s a possibility.

      It’s good that it looks light but I’d like to know how comfortable it is to wear. I have problems with 3D glasses and I’m not sure how I’d feel with text so near my eyes.

    • Wow. I didn’t even know that. This further proves the point that even though it might be a good novelty product, but it won’t be of much use for most people.

      They might just use it to show off, but other than that it’ll just stay on the table.

  8. I believe Google glasses is the beginning of serious things to come. I totally agree with the privacy and safety concerns. Reports say that under the Google Glass terms of service for the Glass Explorer pre-public release program, it specifically states that owners “may not resell, loan, transfer, or give their device to any other person.

    If owners do otherwise without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device and they will not provide any refund, product support or product warranty to both the owner and the person who borrowed the device.

    Now one might ask, since when did companies retain control of their products even after consumers have bought them?

    • I’m more interested in how Google would police such restriction on their TOS. I could think of possibilities on how Google Glass checks if the user is the owner but that just adds to the privacy concern. Would it keep a database on its owners’ personal information (perhaps details on our voice, eye colour, etc.) beyond what we’re usually accustomed to? It can probably be something more simple but it is a valid concern with other new technologies having powerful detection capabilities (XBox One’s Kinect is reportedly able to sense heartbeats).

  9. I can see where both sides are coming from in terms of privacy issues but in this day and age it’s hard to be completely off the grid, so to speak.

    In terms of the price I can’t say I’m surprised since it’s leading edge technology and at the moment there’s no competition for it. Any sort of new technology ends up being expensive until there’s more competition which drives the price down.

  10. It does not surprise me that Google seems to be interested in expanding into gadgets with this. Google is everywhere and although I think they having too much control over things it’s not like we can do anything about it. Though it has been described a bit here, I am very curious as to how they actually work. I think Google Glasses represent is a big step forward.

  11. Another awesome gadget. This is really very interesting and I’d love to own one someday. The hands-free format is something to look out for. Before, it’s really my dream to have a computer that’d just take commands from me, without my touching the computer keyboard. I guess my dream’s finally coming true. But, of course, I won’t be patronizing this one if it fails in giving enough privacy and security to owners. That’d should be polished well before it can be readily accessible in the market.

  12. While it amazes me that things like this and the Google Shoe are being created, it does worry me about people using these glasses to record people secretly, there are plenty of weird people on this planet and most of them would record you without your permission if they could afford to.

    I expect that the battery life and the missing recording light will be sorted before it is put on general sale, or at least I hope they will be sorted.

    • Google Shoe? I’ve never heard about that! Is that a real thing?

      Wow, Google really is doing everything is this is true. I wonder what they will do next! Not long till they control our lives completely.

      • Yes, amazingly there is Google Shoe. It’s in the concept stage right now. It “talks” by transforming the motion it detects from your footsteps into words and phrases.

        I believe we can thus assume that if/when the Google Shoe comes to market Google will literally be tracking us. Perhaps they will sell advertising based on the data and as we walk the shoe will start spouting the appropriate commercials!

      • Omg, it’s a real thing! Had to google it just to be sure. It’s scary to think that Google might be involved in every bit of our life in the future (I mean, more than it is now, which is quite a lot already).

        • Yes, I agree. It does seem as if Google is edging its way into our lives more and more.

          There is now the MyGlass app for Android which functions as a remote control device for Google Glass, Or, in their words, you can “configure” and “manage” the device. It just debuted and it’s for sale in Google Play and has some customer reviews already.

          Yes, one wonders what’s next!

          • That’s so disturbing. I just remembered how there was a kid who killed himself when someone caught him on cam being intimate with another man. Disturbing because I’m thinking of how Google Glass can be used that way.

    • Yeah but you have to pay a boat load of money for this. You’ll probably be limited in terms of where you’ll be allowed to use it in public. You’ll also likely develop some sort of eye strain from moving your eyes around so much and so quickly. I’m not on board and surprised that so many people are.

  13. There were reports that Google wouldn’t even allow their own employees to wear the devices to certain company meetings – that’s pretty hypocritical if you ask me. Obviously privacy is an issue when it affects them directly. But when it comes to everyone else, they become all ideological about the glasses and act as if we are just being reluctant to new technology and should loosen up.

    • That is an excellent point. How ironic is it that the google employees won’t even be able to use their employer’s product for a work purpose? I find it to be hilarious. It is hypocritical. You are so right with everything you wrote in your post.

  14. I would not feel comfortable talking to people wearing these glasses knowing that every thing I was saying could be being recorded only to be played back at a later date without my permission. The concerns over privacy stated in the post are real issues. Also, I think they should have made them controllable by eye movements rather than by voice.

    • There was news about the next gen Kinect being able to track eye movements but that’s a bigger piece of hardware. I don’t think Google Glass is ready for that. It’s a wise decision though to pick voice commands over eye movement since the former is more tried and tested.

    • I’m with dietcoke98 on the privacy aspects, they should really add a video recording indicator on it if they planning to market this to the general public.

  15. I have concerns about privacy as well. This new technology has the potential to become extremely invasive.

    It raises many questions about ethics, decency and even simple etiquette. At the very least, I would find that going out and socializing with someone wearing Google Glass would be unnerving. At least with mobile phones, it’s obvious what someone is doing; texting, shooting video, taking pictures, etc. But with Google Glass, you really don’t know what the person you’re with is doing.

    I also have concerns about safety. What would be the impact on our health if we choose to wear Google Glass? Unfortunately, we don’t know the answer to that. But I think we have some clue if we draw parallels to the effects of radiation from mobile phones and WiFi.

    • It might also feel weird given you’re going to see things that aren’t there. I mean, you see the words, you do know they’re not physically there but our body isn’t used to that. It might be even good that the device itself can only run for 5 hours for health reasons.

      • That’s a very good point. We know already that there are short-term health consequences from watching 3D movies. They can cause headaches, seizures, eye strain, etc. 3D can also have a negative effect on your vision short term; it can affect the depth perception, for example.

        So just imagine what might happen after five hours in Google Glass’ virtual world. But just like 3D, I’m sure there will be plenty of people who do not have such symptoms or even if they do, consider it worthwhile if they enjoy Google Glass enough.

  16. I have trouble reconciling the cool factor with the creepy factor of this thing. I would hesitate to hang out or even talk to someone wearing it. Aside from invasion of privacy, the general weirdness of wearing a device to record your life really skeeves me out.

  17. Exactly what you write, David.

    There are so much opportunities what to do with this kind of technology it is just awesome. In 5 to 10 years it will be something very commong and as integrated in our lives as the internet in the year 2000.

    On the other hand something like this is even more Stasi than Stasi itself.

  18. I think Google Glass is awesome but with all the concern about privacy and spying right now I don’t think it was the best time for Google to introduce it. It has huge potential but a lot of people have not taken well to it and some places (some stores if i remember correctly) have banned Google glass

    • On top of privacy concerns, price with the limitation of the technology will make this a gadget that a few people will have, currently. It’s not very practical for its price as Engadget says. If it does go mainstream, it will be far in the future.

  19. I think Google glass is very similar to their Google “pixel” it’s just a device that will come out for “elite”. No one that I can think of will use it in it’s current stages. Maybe when a new version comes out it will be cheaper and easier to use. However I doubt that the version thats going to come out now will be very popular. It’s far too much of a prototype.

    I do really hope though that future generations will be aimed at the “common man”. I mean if you look at most of Google’s products (most of the chromebooks, tablets even the new chromecast). They are generally very cheap, so hopefully this will be cheap too.

  20. Honestly, I do not see the use of Google Glass. I feel like it doesn’t offer anything you couldn’t get in a smartphone. It’s almost as if it feels more like a gimmick than a viable gadget. I can understand the cool factor of it all, but in my day to day life I would never use it because it does not seem like it would be as intuitive or as pragmatic as just using a smartphone or even a tablet. Then again, perhaps I’m wrong, people say the same things about every new gadget. I’m going to do my best to withhold judgement until I can try it for myself.

  21. I can’t wait till the consumer model comes out. I would go ahead and buy a pair off ebay but I would rather wait until all the bugs are worked out and when it hass all of its functions. Hopefully it wont be long till Google releases these!

  22. I snowboard, a lot ! And I’m thinking these could be great. I currently have a Go Pro strapped to my helmet but I’ve already lost two. Having these strapped your face will be much better and I’m sure in a few years the video quality’s going to be 10 fold

  23. It is truly the future that we are living in when we have gadgets like Google Glass in the market. Google really is the master when it comes to innovation, when I first heard of Google Glass I wasn’t sure that it would ever see the light of the day.

    But now, seeing people actually wear and use it in their daily lives, it’s just phenomenal. The price is a bit steep sure. But I’m sure it will come down soon enough when it launches officially.

  24. Google Glass is an absolute genius invention. The only downside about these are I think that the battery life is low,5 hours is not that long for constant use of them. I would defiantly pick up a pair of them when I get the money because at the moment $1500 is a bit to pricey for me.

    • Wouldn’t you be concerned about security issues? Everyone could put you on tape, even easier than with a smartphone or anything like this. Actually everyone is surveilling everyone.

  25. One thing I recently read about was that cell phone cameras in certain areas are forced to play an audible shutter sound when taking a photo. This is to prevent the abuse of the camera function to take … explicit photographs of people without them knowing. Assuming the Google Glass is able to take video, will it have something similar in place to allow the “target” to know that they’re being filmed/photographed?

  26. Privacy is the biggest concern about Google glass. I heard somewhere in news that Google glass captured a couple doing unsocial things. And some random news article stated that it captured a lady giving birth to a child on street. I mean, how awkward it is really.

    • Google itself is a big security concern. They track you, they store everything and they even sell the data to the government. It’s odd that so many people are aware of it and it’s even more odd that so much people don’t care about it even when they know it.

      • It feels like we’re getting conditioned to not care. It’s a possibility that all the things we’re wary/scared of, security-wise, will be the norm of the future.

        • Yes, I agree. It is disturbing to witness this, but it has been developing slowly over the past several years since 9/11, this surrender of privacy so that we might have more and more surveillance which is allegedly, to keep us safe. It was not that long ago that such constant monitoring of citizens was considered totalitarianism and antithetical to a free society.

          So while it might be “just” Google Glass, it is still the means by which we’re being conditioned to accept this kind of loss of privacy and to think that it is “necessary” whether for entertainment purposes or for the government to “protect” us from terrorism.

  27. I don’t find privacy as big of a deal as people make it out to be. The NSA is already monitoring everything anyways so what’s the big deal? I do think Google Glass is a very cool piece of engineering though and would love to get one.

    • I’m kind of divided with how I feel about technology and privacy. On one hand, what you say is true, on another, we still value privacy especially these days where the technology is intentionally or unintentionally working towards making it a rarer commodity.

    • Of course. If they try to monitor everything why not give them everything for free? The more you give on free will the easier it gets for them. We all should have cams on our toilets because we have nothing to lose anymore.

      • That might be an exaggeration but I’m sort of feeling like that’s the trend technology is guiding us into. Make it ubiquitous enough and people will just get used to it.

        • I agree. That does seem to be the trend.

          I think also that social networking has had a desensitizing effect. People freely surrender privacy to the point that the distinction between voluntary relinquishing of privacy and the forced monitoring of people does not seem to raise the kind of alarm that it should.

          So Google Glass becomes yet another opportunity to surrender more privacy voluntarily, at least for the person using it. But for those who come in contact with that user, the loss of privacy is still involuntary.

          • Yeah, with social networks, people are awarded for sharing information with attention. But at least that’s something voluntary unlike Google Glass where I don’t know how other’s privacy will be handled. I bet it will be messy when this product starts to be used by more people.

  28. I know that Google is trying to come up with something that will change the market again but I don’t see Google glass to become big in the near future. It just too trouble some to use because of voice control not being really all that accurate and it would be really hard to use in a crowded room. Also I heard you can troll a lot of people using Google glass by shouting out commands. The price range is just too high. I don’t think privacy is that of a big issue because it isn’t really different from today where someone could hack into your webcam and just look at you without knowing.

    • Google has surprised me before. I’ve read something on Forbes, I think where an article was discussing about the different generations of the internet and how Google might not be able to catch up with the innovations. Now, Google has its hands dipped in every honey pot I can think of, and they were able to transition well to mobile so I’m still thinking there’s gotta be more for Google Glass’ future. I have a feeling Google Glass won’t go the way Virtual Boy did.

  29. I like the idea of google glasses, and if they become available to the public, I will probably end up buying them. They don’t look that bad and work quite well.

    I can see google glasses becoming a very big necessity along with your smart phone for example depending on how well they work. This could result in big money for google.

    • For sure it will bring them a lot of money. Not that they need it but I guess they will think. why not have more? This money can also be invested in new technologies.

  30. The patent for charging by gaze is an insidious thing. It covers even gazing at stuff not projected on Glass, like a newspaper ad.
    Additionally, pupillary dilation can be measured to get the emotional response to what is being viewed.
    Are you really sure you want Google to have that kind of information about what you look at?

    • That’s a very good point. It’s a hot topic in the news right now.

      There is speculation as to whether or not Google will offer “pay-per-gaze advertising.” I find it very creepy. I guess it’s kind of like how their scan our Gmail accounts and offer targeted ads based on the keywords in our emails.

      But yet, this so much more insidious!

      Here’s a good overview of what may be in our future with Google Glass based on the patent they hold.

      http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/google-patents-real-world-pay-per-gaze-advertising/?_r=0

    • It’s a scary future but that’s where technology seems to be heading to. Now, I agree it’s scary how Google Glass has all sorts of plan for the device but how about the others who are also exploring similar technologies? I’m thinking some are also exploring possibilities we haven’t thought of and more we might not even want to know more about.

  31. Still haven’t seen these yet in real life even though I live in California. I do believe that in the future these will become somewhat a security problem and people will soon become uncomfortable at the sight of people wearing these due to being able to record and take pictures without even the slightest hint. These will probably be used the wrong way and some issues will arise. Nonetheless, it is really and will be able to help people in their everyday life and the tech world will continue to advance.

  32. The only practical uses for Google glass in my opinion is the navigation, quick video recording and reading white eating. I wouldn’t pay $40 monthly to use it,the $15,000 for the hardware is expensive enough. I’m sure that’s just the “new technology” price tag on it, when prices go down I might be interested in getting one for myself. I really like the “sunglass” attachment.

    • I am sure there will be other practical uses. I mean, just look at all the technologies, especially the internet. They said the same thing about it back then an nowadays everything is online.

      • Yup! People are already building more useful applications for the device. There’s something called Sension on Google Glass that identifies people’s emotion, which can be useful for autistic people who can have problems with visual cues. There’s also a price comparison app that operates on bar codes.

        • Yes, there are many apps for Google Glass and they run the gamut. There are games, such as GlassFroger and Glass Battle. There’s a recipe app, KitchMe. You can check stock market prices with Glass Stock. And so on. Just google Google Glass Apps and you will find quite an extensive list! I was amazed to see what is already available.

          • I cant wait to get my hands on a pair, but I am certainly looking forward to it. Games aside, I can make a good use of a lot of directional and places apps for sure.

  33. I can definitely see why many people would consider this a security problem as most people wouldn’t be able to even tell what Google Glass is or what it does. Add in the fact that the sunglass attachment makes the device even more inconspicuous. However, Google Glass also has some major advantages as well. It’s pretty much one of those things where you have to take the good with the bad.

  34. When I first saw this it looked like taken from a sci fi movie and sounded really cool. But to be quite honest, I don’t see many uses of Google Glass, at least not for myself. And I agree about the privacy problem. So much is going on in this field and almost everyday we hear about some kind of security breach. I won’t comment the price as it made my heart skip the beat and not in the good sense of the phrase. Hah, this is just not for me – period. What I actually need in the moment, is a new pair of real glassesm because I just broke mine yesterday >.>

    • At first, I read that as you breaking a pair of Google Glass! I wonder how durable a pair can be. And given its price, I wonder how much repair would be if ever it gets broken.

    • Science fiction is today. I think there will be many uses, they will develop more and more apps for it and companies and governments will do their part to take some influence on it.

      I am even sure the Google glasses would help you to find the best real glasses for you.

      • Yes, I agree. We may also see some other companies who will do their own versions of Google Glass now that the technology and the product have some precedent. Perhaps in the same manner that we first had the iPhone and then Android.

        It is unpredictable at this point how far it will go. While I continue to be alarmed about the violation of privacy both of the user as well as those who are in the vicinity of the user, I think that — regrettably — people will come to accept this loss of privacy.

        • Given how many things in the past were considered crimes are now okay, I’m thinking that our privacy issue might go the same way. It’s just a possibility though. Imagine a future where privacy isn’t worth much as it is today and everyone knows what others are doing. Creepy.

          • Yes, we are moving in that direction. There is more and more acquiescence over the loss of privacy.

            Google Glass and other such devices that can peer at anyone at will undetected may be accepted as the norm, as the “norm” itself will have radically changed. Those who still like privacy will be thought of as overly secretive, as hiding something, and perhaps even as maladjusted.

      • This is the truth. Many of the technologies described in science fiction books of the early twentieth century have been invented and are incorporated into our everyday lives in 2013. Amazing to think about, isn’t it? It makes you wonder what life will be like 50 years or 100 years from now. Will we all have virtual reality helmets or glasses instead of tv screens? Will he be half machine and half human? You have to wonder if this society will turn into either a technological dystopia or utopia.

        • For a long time, I did think about science fiction and I didn’t think things were possible since well, no flying cars yet! Kidding aside, it seems like we’re on the beginning of some kind of a technological renaissance so I’m not going to be surprised if our future would involve more technology that I can’t even imagine today.

          • Yes, I agree. The further development of wearable computers and other wearable “smart” devices I see as one of the major emerging trends; Google Glass is just the beginning. Being glued to one’s computer is soon going to be quite literal, I think. That is very much out of science fiction.

            Auto technology, in contrast, hasn’t made this kind of shift; the focus is still on trying to find better energy solutions and trying to make cars “smarter” so we don’t have to drive them.

  35. Google Glass has always been something I’ve looked at, from time to time, since it was announced. I think this kind of wearable technology is a very neat thing to experiment with. I doubt I will ever get a copy of this, myself, but I still enjoy researching it and seeing what it’s all about.

  36. I’ve occasionally heard about Google glasses on the news and on tech blogs. However, my main thought when considering them and their use is why? Why would we need such a gizmo? Is it just because we can? It seems to me they don’t actually provide much practical use or concrete purpose. It simply allow us to be more completely addicted to the Internet and twenty-four seven connectivity. Thus, we lose more and more of our real-lives.

    Yes, privacy is a concern, and legitimate one. But an even greater concerns should be society’s increasing techno-addiction.

    Next time you go to buy the new high-tech gadgets like this, ask yourself what real purpose it serves, and how it will improve your life.

    • I don’t think we need it, but the organisations pushing these devices are sort of shaping the future by conditioning people to need more than they really do. Not that it’s new, it’s the same thing that’s been happening for a very long time, we’re just used to what we have now.

      • I agree. We don’t “need” any of this technology, but we are conditioned to want the latest tech devices so as to stay constantly connected online and on social media. It has already changed our society and culture. We now have words for it. Take “nosocialising” for instance, which means being in a social setting but instead of socializing you are preoccupied with your mobile device.

        It’s so true. So just imagine what will happen when Google Glass and other wearable mobile devices are more common. One shudders to think that “nosocialising” could become the norm.

  37. There is no way that I will buy this technology. I really resent the invasion of our privacy. Why should anyone be able to anonymously take pictures of me and my family in a public space? At least with a traditional camera or even a phone you can see the photographer pointing the device at you. With google glass you’ll have no idea that you are being photographed. And how long until the users develop vision problems from the glass? We’ll see a lot more myopia conditions as the glass users will lose their ability to see at far distances due to over-training them to look at objects that are close to the eye.

  38. I do find it kind of scary to think that this device could potentially take away our privacy let never seen before. However I think the way it looks now, I will never wear one of those. They need to make the design much better.

    I think what would be better is in the more distant future if they made a contact lens, that would do the same thing. This would be way cooler and not feel weird wearing on your head all day.

    • It would not surprise me at all if a company — perhaps even Google — were to create such a contact lens. We seem to be headed in that direction pretty quickly. That would be just a short step away from a more permanent implant which would really be scary. It’s kind of like the Borg of Star Trek coming to life, only we ourselves — some of us, at least — would be the Borg.

      I’m sure there are plenty of people who would be enthusiastic and embrace the new contact lens and prefer it as it would be less obtrusive. But it would pose an even greater threat to the privacy of those who were in the vicinity of the wearer. Who knows, we might look back at the good old days when at least we could tell someone was wearing Google Glass!

      • I also fear that people will accept a trans-human fate and accept a society that imposes machinery onto (or into) their humanity. Like the movie existenz where people have holes drilled into their spinal columns in order to connect to the popular video game. That is not a good thing yet I fear that the majority of humans would not resent the idea of becoming half robot and half man. So, the battle is for the minds. We must convince people that machine or robotic implants are not good and will serve as a means to control people. Once you let a machine enter your body you can be controlled by those who understand the machinery.

  39. Ok, now my mind is just simply blown. It sounds like an amazing gadget, although this is my first time even hearing about Google Glass. I can certainly understand the privacy concerns, though. Just imagine what people can and will be able to use that product to do. They can use it in an instance where there happens to be a bad behaving employee working at a store they visit regularly. They could simply get it on camera without their knowledge and get them into serious trouble. That scenario is just the tip of the iceberg of all the possibilities.

  40. I saw an article at one point about a man who had lost an eye, and had it replaced with a small camera that would photograph his everyday life as he went about, and allow him to review the photos later to catch anything interesting.

    The truth is, this scale of privacy invasion is inevitable, and if we try to put it off, it won’t do us any good. We need to conform to products like the Google Glass before everyone has one, that way we can keep people from panicking when the system fails. For instance, current laws in certain states could be abused to call the public filming of this scale “eavesdropping”, both towards people and, depending on what you walked past, the Government. Hopefully our legal system can be updated to fairly reflect the modern privacy rights that we can expect.

    • I hope so much that our governments would be well-equipped with being able to set the law adequately to protect our privacy. So far, it’s been a mixed bag, and more worrying in development countries where the governments do not understand the possibilities with technology these days.

    • Yes, I remember him. The “Eyeborg,” filmmaker Rob Spence. I found that quite fascinating how he turned a tragic situation around in a way to benefit his career.

      It’s interesting to look back at that now as it portends the future possibilities of technology of Google Glass. Just how far will people want to take it? How many people would want an implant of some kind, or perhaps even a contact lens with video recording capabilities, along with the computer and wireless Internet functions of Google Glass?

      And, as you point out, what are the privacy implications? It would clearly be a case of our laws having to do some catchup with our technological capabilities.

  41. $1500 is a lot of money for a pair of high tech glasses but l’m sure a lot of people who are into that kind of technology will buy them. Maybe in a couple of years everday people will be able to buy them at an affordable price, l do think there is some security issues but l am sure a lot of people will overlook that. Maybe they could work on the design and create some funky styles.

    • I think $1500 was for an early developers’ version. I’m thinking it might be more than 250 but way less than $1500.

  42. I think this technology is amazing. All of the privacy concerns are just a paranoid people. It’s pretty easy to spot this on someone’s glasses, it is not hidden at all, so why are people so worried?

    • Yeah, if I spot one, I’d just punch their glasses into their faces if they’re staring at me too intently.

      Not really, but it’s a situation I don’t want to be in. I guess I can move away but that’s not really a good choice especially if I really need to be in that specific place.

  43. People also mentioned you don’t really have to worry about it if you don’t have anything to hide. One problem I can think of is that you can be recorded doing something innocent and then there’s a bunch of weirdos who would just use that recording in a way you wouldn’t really like to think about.

    • Yes, absolutely. Any use of one’s image without knowledge or consent can be problematic. Video can be edited and altered. Screenshots can be manipulated with Photoshop. There could be many potential undesirable outcomes from this. Besides, who really needs the additional uncertainty of being out in public and becoming the unwitting subject of someone’s video.

      Projecting ahead into what is likely a very near future, there are many potential pitfalls with Google Glass as well as the imitators which surely will also arrive at some point. I think it’s important that these very issues remain subject to discussion to raise awareness as we look for some solutions — individually and collectively — to the steady erosion of our privacy.

      • You know what, I never thought about that. But hey guess what? Lawsuits, lawsuits everywhere, and that means potential money in the pocket. On the other hand, maybe this isn’t the best way to assess the situation.

        • It’s okay, our Google overlords are making the transition quite painless for us by making us feel cool with all their gadgets and tech. Give it a decade or less, we might be singing a different tune already. 😉

          • Yes, it is the cool factor at work, I think. Regrettable as it is from a privacy standpoint, we may be in transition, and it’s a transition driven for the craze for the new, futuristic technology. The wearable electronics are part of the craze and it’s possible Google Glass rides this same wave. Smart watches and smart glasses, and who knows what else they will try to convince us that we need to be wearing.

  44. This is a very good idea, and as a precursor technology it will definitely open the door to new, more capable, devices. It does a lot already, but twenty years from now this thing is going to look like someone’s decrepit pre-pentium era computer. Of course, all technology from the current date will have that feel by then, but hey!

    • Yeah, I’d imagine future technology would be something like what we have now only improved by a thousand times over! It’s really weird how when I was younger, phones were bulky and now they’re everywhere. My mind can’t still make sense of how fast the improvements are, so future tech might be mindblowing!

      I’m still waiting for flying cars though, as promised by Back to the Future. :>

      • I thought that we would have something like google glass at this point. I am surprised that it has taken this long. Remember, Nintendo released a virtual reality headset like 15 years ago. It was called Virtual Boy. Since then, headset technology has been almost non-existent. I don’t know why the progression slowed to this pace. And yes, where are the flying cars?

        • Good point. Virtual reality technology has not advanced as we thought it might. There was a lot of hype and excitement, but all these years later, no significant developments.

          But on the other hand, Google Glass and related technologies dovetail perfectly into the need these days to be constantly tuned in with social media, texting, and having an app for everything within reach. I think we will see an explosion of interest and products and services to meet the demand. There are still privacy concerns, of course, as people will be out in the world interacting with these wearable devices and so there will be unforeseen implications.

          Agreed. The flying cars are long over due!

        • I remember Virtual Boy from the gaming magazines of long ago. Oh those old paper magazines. 😀

          The problem with Virtual Boy was it was in RED D: and the whole thing was bulky and uncomfortable. I also heard that it gave headaches. It makes sense that Google Glass would work with all the advancement in technology these days, visual and mechanical, resulting to a light, visually-pleasing gadget.

  45. Welp. Been hearing that the device might cost around $299. I wonder if lots of people will buy it at that price. http://www.geekosystem.com/google-glass-pricing/

    On the other hand, Google Glass has? or will have a price comparison app. It sounds kind of sweet being able to do that quickly without fumbling with your smartphone.

    • Very, very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. At $299 I think a lot of people will buy it, as the latest greatest must-have technology to own. Plus there is the kind of science fiction/futuristic angle of having smartphone capability in a wearable product; it’s kind of like the appeal of the smartwatch.

      The article points out that one of the main advantages is being able to shoot video and take pictures so easily. That might be a selling point for some people. Likewise the price comparison app you mentioned. That’s a convenience.

      Yes, people may just get lured in by the practicality and/or the cool factor. I just hope the dialogue over privacy concerns does not get glossed over. It’s still a concern that eventually we will have to face as we get more and more of this kind of wearable technology.

      • Yeah, it can get so scary still. Lots of people are already talking about how cool it is, how it can make the geeky more stylish, how easier things can be with Google Glass. It’s funny because I was just checking for more info on this, and that’s what people mostly talk about. I’m glad David’s website allows more discussion on the issue of privacy and Google Glass since this keeps issues about privacy in perspective for me.

        • Yes, I couldn’t agree more. We still need to be contemplative and not lured in by the “cool” factor. These kinds of products that erode the privacy we have taken for granted deserve our scrutiny and our skepticism.

          I’m very appreciative of this ongoing dialogue and that we have been freely sharing our concerns as we learn more and more about the emergence of Google Glass. It does have implications.

          I sought out and took part in similar discussions about Google Street View a few years ago as many people worldwide were alarmed over the invasion of privacy. That invasion was literally a snapshot in time. And, in contrast, look at what we now must confront with Google Glass.

  46. The privacy “issue” is really not one. To simply take a picture, as a Glass owner, you have to awkwardly raise your head and either say the command or swipe on the band to the camera app. There’s a red-ish light which lights up and anybody can see the prism lighting up.

    There are already much more discrete spy-cameras which can be placed anywhere and everywhere – this is really a non-issue.

    • I wonder how that would look in a noisy place like a club. I’m also thinking if Google Glass can resist being modified in such a way that it’s more discreet.

      As for spy cameras, it’s good that they’re being marketed as spy cameras and if you’re buying one, it’s clear what your intentions are.

  47. It is the most expensive gadget I have ever seen! I don’t think I can offer to buy that expensive technology, which I won’t be able to use it much. I have heard it is going to be an awesome technology that many people are eager to get their hands-on on trying this technology. Technology has become the most convenient way for most people, but the pricing, in fact, has questioned me how many people would buy the Google Glass. Privacy is also my biggest concern in mobile technology. I agree how many people would get recorded or monitored by others who use Google Glass for that reason.

    • It is expensive for the developers’ version. I believe Google’s going to make it more affordable when it releases the commercial version. I think they’ll be spending a lot of time over the Google Glass privacy issues, given how they were telling their own people to not wear it during a conference or something.

  48. It should not be too harp on the issue of privacy.
    It is true that we must be careful, but I do not think Google is selling your information to people.

    The “Glass Googles” are very interesting at the moment. I always keep an eye on it. It will take some time before the powers in stores.

    I would like that on my pair of glasses vision. I hope this is easy to use.

  49. Google Glass looks really cool! Yes it does hold out a huge security concern but it’s kind-of like a portable WiFi bracelet. It gives you internet, all of Google’s awesome features, and it’s really compact! I really want to buy this but in all honesty, it should have an indicator to show if someone is recording videos.

    • Yeah, I’m sure this is already taken into consideration for future generations of Google Glass. And it’s good that Google is keeping things low in production before they can really start hitting sales on this for consumer use and price ranges. For now, I feel there’s going to be a lot of developers and testers finding as many loopholes, bugs, and other flaws so Google can improve on this.

      And I could easily see this as an instant favorite for “vloggers” on YouTube that may be into giving people a Point of View perspective of their quotidian lifestyles.

  50. Even with the fancy bells and whistles we’re seeing now in Google Glass, I believe that the technology is still at its infancy. Nowadays, other companies are taking initiatives to make their own versions of intelligent eyewear, opening up new horizons for others to follow suit. This is just the tip of the ice berg, so to speak, and the future holds more promise.

    • I agree with you. It is in it’s infancy. Everything has to start somewhere though. As you said, “the future holds more promise”. I bet yout that in 5 years we’ll hardly remember Google Glass 1.0, and we’ll all be walking around with our Google Glass 5, that can do things we can only begin to imagine now.
      Technology developes so fast 😀

  51. Can’t help but feel that the rise of technology inevitably requires sacrifice, one of those being privacy. If you really think about it, your information is already flying over thousands of data banks, connected to the entire world, and only blocked off by some level of encryption. Google glasses really only take away privacy from public spaces, as far as I can think of for now (I suppose there are other examples, but none seem too common), and if you are doing something to embarrass yourself in public, you can always expect someone to be ready with their smartphone nearby.

    • Yeah, I completely agree with what you’re saying, kwak123. With YouTube and how viral videos are usually short moments of something funny, hilarious, embarrassing, or controversial event, privacy concerns seems to be an overstatement in relation to Google Glasses. And considering how people would be able to capitalize on people’s awkward and embarrassing moments (there are some channels on YouTube that even monetize from this), it can definitely portray in the future of how one has to be very considerate of their actions outside.

      It also portrays of how individuals are always wanting to find something new to talk about on the Internet, and potentially becoming a meme that could also add on to the person feeling ashamed and concerned about their reputation and all. That’s what happens when there aren’t many laws enforced for something like that, because it’s hard having some prohibition like that when NSA for instance probably has access to all sorts of data in the first place.

  52. Wow, this is indeed a privacy breach. It’s like you can use it in a cinema and pirate the film. Not a fan, and it makes people too dependent on technology. If they want handsfree, there’s the smartwatch which will most likely make a buzz this 2014.

    • I agree with how this may cause piracy concerns, and for any other developers that may derive from the concepts and make their own secret brand for this. This means movie theaters and such will have to have more militant screening and checks so people won’t be making profits selling pirates videos.

      However, with how individuals can sneak into a theater with other devices in the past, it seems it may entice individuals to do something like that. And with the Internet and how easy it is to get information flowing through, it seems kind of inevitable that piracy will always be an issue no matter how much governmental enforcement is apparent.

  53. I can’t put my finger on it but Google Glass never appealed to me. I never felt the need to get a pair of this “magic” glasses. It’s just looks way too expensive for what they can actually do. Let’s not even talk about the privacy issues that can arise from their usage. I have a friend that used them in the park while with his family and someone approached him asking if he was filming them! He almost got into a heated argument with the guy because he though my friend was filming his friends and family! And this is just one example of what the Glass can do.

    • Wow David30 that definitely sounds like a major predicament your friend got into. I can definitely agree that people will start to recognize the Google Glasses even more, and start worrying on others recording on the fly. However, one could also take into consideration of how “smart watches” can also cause privacy issues seeing how there are some programs that allows people to record without anyone noticing.

      And considering how people wouldn’t necessarily be predisposed into having eyes like a hawk on people spying with smart watches, even if people acknowledge Google Glasses being a privacy issue, it doesn’t mean individuals won’t find loopholes. And I can also seeing this being an issue for things that may be controversial, like underage video taking, and selling it online. This can definitely cause some privacy concerns, but it doesn’t mean Google won’t be able to set up contingencies and such. But I guess when it comes to technology augmenting cyclically and progressively, privacy will always be challenged.

  54. Everything that can be abused probably will be by some.
    As awesome as this technology is, it’s also a bit frightening.
    But thanks for the post.
    Read the links he posts if you consider buying Google Glass 🙂

  55. The technology is really very unique and advanced but the privacy concerns that you mentioned here are serious. Google should really try to overcome them and if that is done, Google glasses can be really useful new technology in our lives. Other than that, price is set really high. They will certainly have to decrease the price because it is really very expensive for most of the people.

  56. This tech is interesting. I have been following up with them since this was announced. But, the price tag really disappoints me. I do not think that took anything above $300 to make it. They are charging almost five times extra for it. And, Glass probably will be banned from many places, including but not limited to schools, colleges, religious places, cemeteries, and other places where people would not like you to take pictures or videos of everything. Unless they fix their privacy issues, there is no use in buying a $1500 wearable gadget which is banned at almost every place you go. I have seen the videos of how this works and it is very cool and useful, but there is a catch; your privacy. I just hope we have a private mode or something. I really cannot trust Google at all when it comes to stuff like privacy.

  57. As far as privacy is concerned, why does everyone keep focusing on the “spying” section?

    In my point of view, what is the most important for the average user is his own privacy. When Google Glass was released I watched a promo video in which two friends were to meet up at a certain location in order to have coffee.It started from their call, in which they arranged the meeting, and ended after they were done drinking the coffee ; everything recorded from the built-in camera of the glasses.

    If only it were just the recording.One of them, who was wearing the glasses, constantly uploaded his status about that new meeting and “checked in” when reached his destination. This combination, frightened me and kept me thinking “which would be the consequences in real life?”

    I cannot image my private life being so vulnerable and hope that we will all realise that the route we’re currently in won’t lead us anywhere.

  58. No one seems to consider the fact that there are eyeglasses that have contained video recorders for about a decade now. In fact, I can purchase a set that will record video in HD and audio for about $100. They look like normal eyeglasses. Do you hear anyone complaining about this? No.

    Generally speaking, you have no right to privacy in a public place. Anyone can take a picture of you and there is nothing legally you can do about it and trying to do so can land YOU in legal troubles.

    As for people checking you out in the bathroom or whatever, just keep your wits about you and if you see a device just crush the little sucker…and whoever might be carrying it. I doubt they are going to report you to the police considering what they are doing. Hehe.

  59. As with any other camera, there will always be the issue of privacy. Google should add the option for an LED light wired to the hardware, so it can not be disabled by any sort of virus or whatever malware might find its way onto the device. This is just a reminder that when you start wearing camera capable technology on your face, you have to consider the privacy issues that come with it.

  60. These are all over lately and I think they’re pretty cool, but it’ll take awhile to implement pretty well with safety and privacy reasons.

  61. I remember when the Glass was really the one thing that almost all tech people talk about. I hope they update this soon enough, it’s been a while since I’ve heard anything about this device.

  62. Google glass looks very cool. I really want to try it out myself some time. To be honest I hadn’t thought about the privacy concerns but they’re definitely an issue. Wearable tech brings us lots of great opportunities but we need to be aware of the simultaneous risks.

  63. I can understand security being an issue with these. I know if I was using public urinals and some walked in wearing those glasses, that would make me extremely uncomfortable. But I guess someone could do the same thing by having there phone in a belt clip and set to record. I guess being surrounded by technology now, it’s nearly impossible to get away without being filmed.

  64. I don’t think I’ll ever own a pair of those, one of the main reasons being I don’t have the cash for that, but even if I did I’d not spend my cash on that! They sure look neat and cool, but they have already been banned from a lot public places, so what’s the point anyway?

    It’s kinda unfair the Google Glass users can’t wear their expensive glasses everywhere, but at the same time it’s a relief! Because there is n way to know if someone is recording you with them; it’s creepy! I mean, what if a pedophile buys a pair…

    • Honestly, phones with cameras are just as dangerous and also raised the same concerns at the time. People were concerned with their safety and privacy, but after camera phones became mainstream around 2005, people no longer cared. The same will go for Google Glass, where when it starts to become mainstream and affordable, people will learn to accept a camera being on a person’s face.

  65. 1,500$ for a wearable computer sounds about right for the technology. Google labs are continuing to shock the world. These glasses are very fashionable in my opinion and really cool. It doesn’t surprise me the security concerns any new computer device faces with all the privacy issues we face. But overall I feel this would be a really great buy once the y hit the public market.

  66. I honestly wish that these would be priced lower, but the sad part is that trying to make your own is extremely hard. If only other companies would try to make wearable glasses rather than watches, I think these’d be priced a lot more competitively. We’ve seen Google price their Nexus line at incredibly low prices, I think that if there was enough competition, they’d probably drop these down to about $300-$400.

  67. I would love to get my hands on these glasses! I think they are one of the coolest inventions recently.

    As for privacy issues… I think we bypassed that when we started putting cameras on our cell phones. Contradictory to what others said in earlier comments, I think one can’t always know if someone is taping you. That’s why there are so many embarrassing videos and audio coming out now. Even politicians are getting caught … 😀

  68. I’m trying to work out whether I’d actually ever really want to wear a pair. Privacy is clearly a big issue, and maybe we’ll see the product and legislation evolve in future iterations to reflect that.

    It’s just that the people I’ve seen wearing them so far have just looked like they’re walking around like zombies. There’s enough zombies already walking down the street with smartphones.

    Then again, I’m sure I’ll change my view when I get a pair for Christmas ; )

  69. I remember when I first heard about these glasses, I thought that they were pretty awesome gadget-wise and very innovative. Then I saw the price you had to pay as a tester and while I figured that they would be expensive, I didn’t think they would be that expensive. Now, I’m kind of glad that I didn’t buy them. The technology itself is great, but I can only imagine how I would feel if I saw someone looking at me with those things, I already feel as if I’m being watched 24/7, so I can only imagine how someone else were to feel if I did that to them. These glasses really don’t help my paranoia, but I guess people can video tape you with a phone camera discreetly too, but the glasses are much more subtle.

  70. I still think Google Glass is too expensive for a regular citizen scientist. When it was first introduced it was US$1,500, but now there is no more talks about the high prize. Recent news was of people not being allowed access to certain areas if they are wearing Google Glass. It really makes no sense for me to not allow people wear the pair just because they happen to enter a bar. If the prohibition was some sort of a symbolic way of saying chill yo, I think we have a problem.

  71. Man, google is inching their way into every day life of everybody everywhere. They already know exactly what we like and don’t like, what our hobbies are. They have all our mail.

    Now they will be able to see what we see. This stuff scares me.
    I ain’t getting that thing no matter how cool it is technologically.

  72. Google glass I have felt was always a bit of an experiment with Google on what could be possible. I don’t think they considered it to be commercially viable, and I’m not sure if it would ever be publicly available. I think however it is a possible glimpse into a future oat how wearable electronic devices could evolve.

  73. Google Glass has faded into the background recently. They’re trying hard to promote their newest product which is competing against oculus rift, called Google Cardboard. It’s a makeshift 3d viewer utilizing only your smartphone and a few pieces of cardboard. I don’t think google glass will ever go away, it was just too futuristic for it’s time and it will come back out when the world is ready for it.

  74. Honestly, I could do without the google glasses because we are disconnected enough as a people already. All of this new technology is great to a certain extent but gadgets like this is unnecessary. More accidents are going to be caused by these things and should be used only in doors not driving vehicle or using machinery. I guess this world is really becoming like the Jetsons.

  75. In the tech world, something has to be the first of its kind. This is Google glass. It won’t be the best smart eye-wear accessory of the decade but it will be the first. Early adopters will have a fun time with it and from them will come the opinions and comments to make the next iteration even better. I can’t wait for these things to be as common as the smartphone.

    • I’m still trying to figure out what is so fascinating about these things. Do you get x-ray vision? If you cant do anything productive with these Google glasses, I say this is a waste of time and money. They better do something special in order for me to buy them.

  76. I have to be honest: I really want one of these. Not for any unsavory reasons but it does seem like the next logical step after GoPro. In its current form, it appears a bit too bulky to be all that terribly stealthy. I, of course, see potential for misuse but it will still only record what you are looking at, and I usually am not in direct sight of someone when I’m in the bathroom, let’s say. Someone would still have to be pretty invasive to use this piece like that, I think.

  77. I don’t think Google Glass will do as good as the company says it will. People are very skeptical when it comes to privacy concerns. Also the prices of these things are ridiculous. This product might just burn out before getting any steam.

  78. I’ve seen a review on Google Glass, and I saw it was quite surprising. I mean, I personally wouldn’t buy that since I have a phone and I think it’s good enough, but these technologies try to imitate movies and bring them to reality while I think it’s unnecessary since it’s not really needed with all that we’ve already got, like a smartphone for example.

  79. I never considered the privacy matters of google glasses. I just knew that they were supper high. Although there is glasses that can record you for cheaper if that is what you really wanted. I would not where them in a bathroom or anything like that just to be cautious. They seem cool and practical but the screen would be awfully small and I do not think that it is worth if you already wear glasses. It would be uncomfortable with two pair of glasses on unless you could replace the lens with your prescription or had it added for a fee.

  80. Google Glasses… I find them amazing and I think the future will surely have something like these, eventually. There is a problem with the recording possibility though, but that may be solved as simply as adding a LED to blink while recording is on. However, they are just as expensive as cool, so getting a pair of these might get you some time.

  81. They’ll be no escape from being online eventually.
    Imagine though some sort of system set up where you could connect to any pair of glasses and see what they’re seeing, kind of like an internet where the sites are people and you just jump to how they’re living.
    What to see how something is cooked: jump to Chef so-and-so as they’re cooking.
    Interested in vets, jump to someone who is currently feeding the animals in care.
    Interested to get a feeling of how a restaurant is: view from one of the diners to see the service, or from one of the kitchen staff to see how things are prepared.

    OK, as others have mentioned, privacy is key a large can of worms, but the benefits are incredible

  82. My brother has a Google glass, and I am really irritated with Google basically leaving us on the cold and dropping support for it. This is very unlike Google and I hope they get the sense to at least continue development.

  83. And after all the buzz made by it, it become a niche product with few industrial application that we gonna never see again in our da-by-day activities. Even google can get things wrong.

  84. Google glass is an invention that will revolutionize the world. However, like any new inventions, people are not ready for such change. It is in our nature to oppose change and this is what is happening with Google glass. People raise up various problems which are not really significant. I respect Google for continuing the project, only shelving it from the public. I believe one day, people will accept Google glass just like how people accepted smartphones back then.

  85. Hmm… I don’t really love the design of them but I think think that they can work for some people.
    It’s interesting that people are worried about privacy if almost all of us are carrying a cellphone with camera all the time, and seeing how technology has become bigger and bigger sooner or later privacy would not be the same, I think.
    I really want to see how people react to that impact.

  86. As it’s possible to record videos with Google glass without anyone knowing what you are up to I think I’m going to get the gadget and use it to record videos on the streets. There are lots of interesting things I could record and upload to a youtube channel. Who knows, people could like my videos and I could make a little money off them [the videos, that is].

  87. All wearable devices have this privacy concern because you can never guess what the other person is up to. You do not receive any indication and tend to be caught off the guard. But, let us wait and watch because it is still early stages for google glasses and they can make required changes according to user feedbacks.

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