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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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 14:14 UTC
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

I like the idea, but:
* How well does it work?
* How long does the battery last?

Certainly the battery has to last a whole day, because it sucks to have it run out of power and you have to carry the device around in a not working state. Remember how we used to leave our homes with our walkman, only to have it run out of batteries before the first song ended?

Turning the device when you need it and off when you don't kind of damages the whole experience. The moment you need it it has to be there, not having to be turned on.

I also wonder if it's safe, because it might be very distracting when used in a car or just walking around.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Wed 20th Feb 2013 14:49 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

I like the idea, but:
* How well does it work?
* How long does the battery last?

Certainly the battery has to last a whole day, because it sucks to have it run out of power and you have to carry the device around in a not working state. Remember how we used to leave our homes with our walkman, only to have it run out of batteries before the first song ended?


It could be partly solar and kinetic powered so it's charging most of the time.

Or it could be powered by the wearer's own sense of self satisfaction.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by kjmph on Wed 20th Feb 2013 16:20 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
kjmph Member since:
2009-07-17

Well, the number one consumer of battery is our display. The number two consumer is signal processing. The display looks to be passive and probably won't work in a lights out, dark environment. The data connection is trickier, and with them showing hangouts up in the sky, they allude to an always on environment. That is incredibly difficult. I bet the battery life wouldn't be that bad if it isn't searching for signals, and as soon as it has to up the power to talk to APs you can watch it drain.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by WereCatf on Wed 20th Feb 2013 16:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

The data connection is trickier, and with them showing hangouts up in the sky, they allude to an always on environment. That is incredibly difficult. I bet the battery life wouldn't be that bad if it isn't searching for signals, and as soon as it has to up the power to talk to APs you can watch it drain.


It is possible that it can hook up to your pre-existing devices via bluetooth so that it can instead use your cell-phone's connection instead, thereby saving power.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by WereCatf on Wed 20th Feb 2013 16:23 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I also wonder if it's safe, because it might be very distracting when used in a car or just walking around.


This is something I see people saying quite a lot, but well, it is safer than a smartphone, for example: it covers only a really small portion of your view, you don't have to take your hands away from whatever it is that you're doing and it's mostly transparent. Sure, compared to nothing at all it's a distraction, but compared to anything that's already widely in use it's an improvement in safety.

You could also turn the question completely around, whole 180 degrees, by asking the question: "how much safer will you be if you have constant, 24/7, access to directions or guidance just a twitch of the eye away?" You don't have to keep yourself occupied with a smartphone, possibly dropping it somewhere, not being able to pay attention to the traffic and flow around you or anything the like.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Feb 2013 16:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'm not too concerned about it blocking your view, rather the eyes focussing on the information displayed and the brain processing it.

But if so many raise this concern I'm sure Google or some third party will investigate it.

It would be very strange if a large group of people were wearing these glasses and someone famous showed up and all these people started talking to their glasses to take a picture.

I guess old people think the same if they see large groups of people staring at their mobile phones I guess.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Mon 25th Feb 2013 11:04 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Remember how we used to leave our homes with our walkman, only to have it run out of batteries before the first song ended?

I miss 80h on one battery of my walkman...

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