Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th May 2012 22:30 UTC
Google "So the titanic showdown between Facebook and Google might not be the News Feed vs. Google+ after all. It might be Facebook Camera vs. Project Glass. It might, in fact, be pictures vs. vision." Sounds esoteric, but bear with author Robin Sloan, because I think he's clearly on to something. By extension, this.
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RE: Meh
by Radio on Thu 31st May 2012 11:01 UTC in reply to "Meh"
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By "sharing a vision", does the author mean more crappy video with an unstable point of view that makes you feel ill in seconds ? ;)


More seriously, there is already a sample video taken from a project glass device, and guess what? It is very watchable. The head, as long as it is not weighted down too much by equipment, is a more stable support for a video device than one's arm and hand.

I expect first-person videos to become a new "standard" way to film sport, events, life. I think the tiny difference of POV - moving from a handheld camera to a head-attached one - is far more important and far-reaching in our psyche than many think it will be, and may be as important as the ubiquity of cameras nowadays. It is no accident that many scifi writers envisioned that one day, we could see what other people see - literaly, from their point of view, through artificial camera-eyes or through uploading your memories.

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RE[2]: Meh
by zima on Wed 6th Jun 2012 23:37 in reply to "RE: Meh"
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Such (limited) software stabilisation tricks still leave the "crappy" part.

Overall, it reminds me about the small fad of home videos, at my place happening 1-1.5 decade ago. Even though the equipment is now much better and less expensive... it mostly passed.
People, to my slight amazement, figured out how utterly tormenting such videos tend to be, and they mostly went "back" to photos (I guess also because there are usually not that many, people can quickly sift through them for the few good ones; not really universally first-person BTW).

And yeah, scifi... it also envisioned colonies on the moon or "super AI" in XX century; or flying cars / airplanes from "our" times: (Wiki Unicode URL, tends to work weird ...and we can even build them - take a Harrier, remove wings and canopy - still a horrible idea vs. "boring" reality: ); or that videocalls will be the mode of distant communication.
(or )
OTOH they didn't really envision the ubiquity of computers, mobile phones, or - yes - digital capture and storage of images or audio.
Or Rosey vs. Roomba difference.

see what other people see - literaly, from their point of view, through spells or through magically transmitting your memories
is an old trick in myths or fairy tales. A closer term for scifi would tech fantasy ...after all, there's usually not much place for science in it (as in depicting a scientific process, or having a minimum of respect to the conclusions it gives about our world)

Edited 2012-06-06 23:45 UTC

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