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Google Glass: Why Are We So Excited About a Glorified Camcorder?

Posted February 24, 2013 4:43 PM

From ExtremeTech:

Google recently released a new video showing what looking through its wearable computer, Google Glass, would be like. Unfortunately, the only exciting thing we've seen about the device, now seemingly called Glass, so far are the social activities showcased in the video - sky diving, playing with a boa, flying planes upside-down - and not the ways Glass was used in conjunction with them.

First, it's important to note that the idea of wearable computers is awesome. The day we can put an app-filled contact lens over our eyeball and watch Netflix on the train, while onlookers think we're wistfully staring off into the distance, will be a good day. Glass will likely be the first major consumer-targeted device that comes close to that goal, and that's most likely why everyone seems so fascinated with it, because the features shown off so far are, in a word, boring.

In the recently released video, we can see Glass displaying a weather app, recording video, sending a voice-dictated email or text message, record some more video, participating in a Google Hangout, displaying a clock, recording some more video, taking a picture, and also - wouldn't you know it - recording even more video.

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02/24/2013 7:17 PM

"We're" not that excited.

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02/24/2013 10:44 PM

When Personal computers were first released they didn't do much either.

As the technology develops people will start using the Glass for strange and wonderful new applications.

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02/24/2013 11:42 PM

I don't know, it just seems like one more way to shut out the rest of the world to me.

Like was mentioned in the article- seemingly staring out the train window while watching Netfix. I have a tough enough time trying to have a talk with my daughter in between text messages. That gets a whole lot harder if she's wearing a pair of headphones. Now just imagine her wairing a pair of these.

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02/25/2013 8:26 AM

Unfortunately, the videos are obviously marketing ploys set in place to get your typical person excited for this new technology. The article brings up an interesting point of having no means of private interface, but I feel like this could be solved in the future with a small remote touchpad (say discretely hidden as a watch?) that could act as a usable interface.

As for detaching oneself from the rest of the world further, how many people do you see with their face glued to their smartphones, or have been part of a conversation in which a certain vocabulary word or fact needs checking (through wiki, imdb, google, etc.)? If anything, this would streamline the process and make it so that we can jump back into the conversation quicker.

Unfortunately (again), I'm already wearing glasses (and I'm blind as a bad without them), so I'm wondering if they're going to make these in a prescription flavor, or if I'm going to have to have lasik surgery to keep up with the times. Either way, I'm excited and will devour any news that leak itself out of the Google vault.

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02/25/2013 8:48 AM

Maybe no-one is sure how to use these things - isn't there a contest going on where you send in how you will use it and if you win you get to try one out? Sounds to me like Google isn't sure how it should be used, and is fishing for answers to show in their ads.

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02/25/2013 9:18 AM

Will the customer have the joy of de-bugging the flaws, like we do for Bill Gates?

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02/25/2013 8:59 AM

I have heard they can be used with facial recognition. That could eventually lead to all of your information on the net being pulled up on the glasses just by looking at someone. All of the technology exists already.

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