Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:40 UTC
Google This is amazing. Not only has Google just opened up the pre-order program for Google Glass to 'creative individuals', it has also unveiled what the user interface looks like and how it works. It's... Nothing short of amazing. I'm throwing money, credit cards, my car keys, my house keys, my Surface RT, my cats, everything at my screen. I want this so bad.
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Cool, but could also be ridicule
by tomd on Wed 20th Feb 2013 12:36 UTC
tomd
Member since:
2006-10-16

Features presented are amazing, but in day to day life wouldn't people be reluctant to wear these glasses to avoid being ridicule?
In the demo video, we almost never see an other person wearing the glasses.
Also, I don't really see myself talking to my glasses when I am with friends...
Only scenario where I would use them would be when biking (and perhaps hiking). Taking pictures, movies and using GPS this way would be really great.

Tom

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The same argument were made about the mobile phone ;) .

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_Nine_ Member since:
2010-10-13

The same argument were made about the mobile phone ;) .


And the argument was made about bluetooth headsets and nothing changed there: it looks douchey (of course, that doesn't apply to everyone). But I'm not aware of such arguments around cell phones in general...maybe when phones were the size of 24 oz beer can and not *that* portable, OK... And even if you're right, well then the argument has come back to life: just look at the divide around "phablets" like the Galaxy Note.

Looks matter, period. To those who suggest they shouldn't matter when it comes to Glass, then why doesn't that apply to fashion choices? If we always prioritized utility over looks, then wearing "fanny packs" would be cool and our universal dress code would be cargo pants and SWAT team vests.

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renox Member since:
2005-07-06

Reluctant to wear glass no, reluctant to use a device which depends on voice recognition (given its sorry state), yes!!

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Use Google Now for a while. Its voice recognition is otherworldly creepily good.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Features presented are amazing, but in day to day life wouldn't people be reluctant to wear these glasses to avoid being ridicule?


Insecure people, yes, or people who sheepishly follow fashion. I, on the other hand, already look out-of-place everywhere I go, so plopping the Google Glass on wouldn't really change a thing.

You just have to ask yourself: "is the reason why I don't use the Google Glass because there is something wrong with the platform or something about it that makes it not work for my use-cases , or is it really because I am just too worried about what other people think of me?"

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It not really quite as simple as that is it?

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Insecure people, yes, or people who sheepishly follow fashion. I, on the other hand, already look out-of-place everywhere I go, so plopping the Google Glass on wouldn't really change a thing.


Oh yes you're a rebel because you look different.
Truth is, your style is to look different. That's because you do care about what others think. Don't tell me if you were the only person on the planet you would look exactly the same, that's nonsense.
Human nature is to care about what others think. Some people dress to mainstream fashion and others dress to the exact opposite, but both are equally driven by how you want others to see you.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

This is a bit harsh but made me laugh. A comment on Google Glass by Brian S Hall.

Coolness is more important than privacy.

What's that? The non-consented voice and video capture of me you just uploaded in real-time to Youtube for the world to see includes my location, down to the nearest GPS coordinate and has face-tagged me, and now Google is selling that information to every advertiser on the planet who are now pestering me with ads and tracking my every move and anyone on the planet can have a instant Google alert to be notified the very millisecond I show up on the great Google eye and all I only wanted was to enjoy this nice cup of tea but now you've fucking ruined it so maybe you should take off those fucking glasses before I smash your fucking face.

Just saying.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

This is a bit harsh but made me laugh. A comment on Google Glass by Brian S Hall.

Coolness is more important than privacy.

What's that? The non-consented voice and video capture of me you just uploaded in real-time to Youtube for the world to see includes my location, down to the nearest GPS coordinate and has face-tagged me, and now Google is selling that information to every advertiser on the planet who are now pestering me with ads and tracking my every move and anyone on the planet can have a instant Google alert to be notified the very millisecond I show up on the great Google eye and all I only wanted was to enjoy this nice cup of tea but now you've fucking ruined it so maybe you should take off those fucking glasses before I smash your fucking face.

Just saying.


Then again, that's really no different from how things already are as anyone can just pop in and take your picture or record a video of you with the myriad different mobile devices around. In practice it makes no difference.

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tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

This is a bit harsh but made me laugh. A comment on Google Glass by Brian S Hall.

Coolness is more important than privacy.

This criticism would be laughably ironic if it were to come from an Apple fanboy.

Don't worry jealous fanboys. Apple will eventually invent this device and it will be revolutionary, especially in regards to privacy protection.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Features presented are amazing, but in day to day life wouldn't people be reluctant to wear these glasses to avoid being ridicule?

Initially, yeah. But that's a cultural thing and bound to change in time.

It helps that these things are expensive as you'll have the nerds who'll wear them because they're nerds, but also some hipsters wearing them because it's expensive and thus yet another excuse to flaunt their wealth.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Hipsters buy stuff because it is retro, old or made by Apple.

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