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#1
I really dont understand what all this hype is about. I have been looking through some of the things they can do and Im very unimpressed, on top of that they look quite stupid. I can already see all those people obsessed with facebook/twitter and other social networks taking pictures and videos of everything they come across just for the hell of it and then post them on their page and share it with hundreds of people that could care less anyways...

Whats the point?
#2
I can imagine it being hugely useful to some people, and pointless to the general population.

Like, someone who works on repairing watches for a living could record videos of what they're doing as they use both their hands for future reference. or anyone who repairs anything really, from laptops to cars.

the possibilities in the professional world are endless I think, but your average person I'd imagine has very little use of it
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#3
Silly gimmick that won't take off except for rich people.
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#4
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on top of that they look quite stupid.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that's your biggest reason for not liking them. Which is stupid, because they're still prototypes, meaning they can easily have their design changed to suit more "fashionable" glasses, so as not to hurt your discerning eyes.

For example, I would totally wear these:


And I know for a fact that there are plenty of people who already wear glasses almost identical to these:



I can already see all those people obsessed with facebook/twitter and other social networks taking pictures and videos of everything they come across just for the hell of it and then post them on their page and share it with hundreds of people that could care less anyways...

Don't they already do that with smartphones anyway? Didn't they do that before smartphones too?

I for one think that wearable technology kicks ass. It's like having a smartphone attached to your face. I don't need to pull out my phone, unlock it, open the camera app, let it focus, and then totally miss the shot I was hoping for anyway because it took too long to get my camera ready.

How about up to date traffic info as you're driving down the road? The safety of that one is up for debate, though.

I don't think that glass will completely replace smartphones or any other devices, but it will fill a niche. And that's the point of technology.

TL;DR: Technology is awesome and we don't need you to see the value of it in order for it to be useful to everyone else.
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#5
I think it's largely a gimmick.

However, I do have respect for the programming that went into the device. My guess is it involved a lot of complex C/C++ programming.
#6
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I think it's largely a gimmick.

However, I do have respect for the programming that went into the device. My guess is it involved a lot of complex C/C++ programming.


It's only a gimmick if it can't meet the right price point. Make it cheap enough and we will find uses for it. It's certainly more practical than those useless "smart watches" that sync to your phone...
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#7
There is already too much POV in porn. I can't stand it. I just want to see two people banging the shit out of each other. I don't want to see a dick going in her ass as if it were my dick. My dick isn't that big and it will never be. That's why I don't like google glass.
#9
I don't have a problem with it, I just think it's a much less practical and more fragile GoPro. The latter has the advantage of being able to capture a lot of cool POV shots, but nobody wants to see videos of your daily commute. Its other features just get in your line of sight.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567548/Woman-attacked-wearing-Google-Glass-bar.html

This is going a bit far though, for haters reactions.
#10
I'm gonna hate every bastard that wears them and refuse to talk to them until they take them off their big stupid face.
The end of privacy as we know it.
#11
It's a sign that google executives need to realize that the google compound isnt the real world.
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I don't have a problem with it, I just think it's a much less practical and more fragile GoPro. The latter has the advantage of being able to capture a lot of cool POV shots, but nobody wants to see videos of your daily commute. Its other features just get in your line of sight.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567548/Woman-attacked-wearing-Google-Glass-bar.html

This is going a bit far though, for haters reactions.


It's beyond a bit far, it's ****ing ignorant. You have NO expectation of privacy when you're out in public. If you don't want people to video your stupidity, don't act stupidly. (Welp, there goes Youtube...)

In an era where almost everyone has a smartphone with a camera, Google Glass isn't any more intrusive than any other current technology, it's simply more apparent and that should be seen as a good thing by those who carp on about 'privacy'.

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The end of privacy as we know it.


What privacy is it you think you have in public?

It's not like traffic cameras, security cameras and handheld personal cameras don't already exist? You're probably an extra in more movies than you can imagine already, and how has it affected your life?

Yeah, that's right, not at all...
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#13
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It's only a gimmick if it can't meet the right price point. Make it cheap enough and we will find uses for it.

Eh, time will tell...
#14
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It's beyond a bit far, it's ****ing ignorant. You have NO expectation of privacy when you're out in public. If you don't want people to video your stupidity, don't act stupidly. (Welp, there goes Youtube...)

In an era where almost everyone has a smartphone with a camera, Google Glass isn't any more intrusive than any other current technology, it's simply more apparent and that should be seen as a good thing by those who carp on about 'privacy'.



You're right there, but at least you have an idea when someone is filming you with a phone/camera.
I fear these glasses will make things all too easy for those weirdos out there.
#15
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Eh, time will tell...


I can see it replacing (or perhaps supplementing) dashcams for police, providing backup evidence for celebrities and their bodyguards in case of an alteration, providing corporate records of meetings. Hell, I can come up with several useful applications without much effort, all it needs to be is economical.


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You're right there, but at least you have an idea when someone is filming you with a phone/camera.
I fear these glasses will make things all too easy for those weirdos out there.


The problem as I see it is that's simply not true. Google Glass is fairly obvious, but a phone/camera can be on and filming without anyone having the slightest idea (assuming the person doing the filming isn't making it obvious). Think about it, how often do people simply hold their phone in one hand with one camera facing out while talking to you? Were they recording? Are you certain?
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You're right there, but at least you have an idea when someone is filming you with a phone/camera.
I fear these glasses will make things all too easy for those weirdos out there.

Good point, I didnt think of that. Stalkers are going to have a great time indeed.
#17
It would work well for scientists/repairmen/professionals and such. But for everyday life it seems kinda extremely pointless and gimicky.
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I can see it replacing (or perhaps supplementing) dashcams for police, providing backup evidence for celebrities and their bodyguards in case of an alteration, providing corporate records of meetings. Hell, I can come up with several useful applications without much effort, all it needs to be is economical.


The problem as I see it is that's simply not true. Google Glass is fairly obvious, but a phone/camera can be on and filming without anyone having the slightest idea (assuming the person doing the filming isn't making it obvious). Think about it, how often do people simply hold their phone in one hand with one camera facing out while talking to you? Were they recording? Are you certain?



Well if someone is recording you on a phone they have to hold it up and it makes it pretty obvious they're filming/taking a photo.
With these glasses people only need to look in your direction to do it and you wouldn't know if they're filming or just looking.
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Well if someone is recording you on a phone they have to hold it up and it makes it pretty obvious they're filming/taking a photo.
With these glasses people only need to look in your direction to do it and you wouldn't know if they're filming or just looking.


You probably don't notice the 100s of cameras that record you every single day. You don't have a right to privacy in public.
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#21
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It would work well for scientists/repairmen/professionals and such. But for everyday life it seems kinda extremely pointless and gimicky.


Driving directions superimposed on the roads in front of you seems better to me than taking your eyes off the road to look at your GPS? How about sign translation while you walk in a foreign country? Instant access to data in meetings, during presentations etc? I can't see how it's any more pointless and gimmicky than a smartphone?

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Well if someone is recording you on a phone they have to hold it up and it makes it pretty obvious they're filming/taking a photo.
With these glasses people only need to look in your direction to do it and you wouldn't know if they're filming or just looking.


No, they don't. That's what most people do, but it's not necessary. The camera doesn't care how it's held.

My point is, you ALREADY don't know.

With Glass, you would be MORE aware of the possibility, not less.

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Good point, I didnt think of that. Stalkers are going to have a great time indeed.


Stalkers don't need this, there are already Glasses out there with cameras built in that are nearly undetectable unless you know what to look for. Let's not pretend Glass brings with it any new problems.
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#22
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I can see it replacing (or perhaps supplementing) dashcams for police, providing backup evidence for celebrities and their bodyguards in case of an alteration, providing corporate records of meetings. Hell, I can come up with several useful applications without much effort, all it needs to be is economical.

That's a good point. Hmm...you have caused me to reconsider my opinion on this topic. Thanks!
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That's a good point. Hmm...you have caused me to reconsider my opinion on this topic. Thanks!




My favorite personal use potential is as a configurable 'heads up display' while driving, similar to fighter jets. It needn't be intrusive and can be transparent enough to not block your vision, but still provide you with the data that you currently take your eyes off the road for.
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#24
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Driving directions superimposed on the roads in front of you seems better to me than taking your eyes off the road to look at your GPS? How about sign translation while you walk in a foreign country? Instant access to data in meetings, during presentations etc? I can't see how it's any more pointless and gimmicky than a smartphone?

How do you know for sure they are going to be able to do these things? Instant access to data? I highly doubt that. Sign translation, very unlikely.

What Im saying is that what we have is just a bunch of promises, whether this device is going to live up to the expectations or not is something we dont know yet.

I think it is going to be like 3D movies, soon after the novelty wears off people are quickly going to lose interest in them.
#25
I guess the potential "hiccups" to that idea would be people who doesn't understand how it needn't be intrusive AND those who just set their GPS to speak the directions. Personally, I always found that letting the GPS tell me, "In 2miles, turn left..." and then repeat that for in decreasing mileage intervals for the next 5 minutes annoying as hell. So, I could see a use for that -- provided they make it truly non-intrusive.
#26
I think they should have a huge helmet attached to them with a siren and loud speaker on top that flashes when you're recording.

Kind of like: Warning, warning, douchbag is recording.
#27
So far it failed to keep me interested. I just don't see the benefit. Besides, it will probably cost a shit ton of money.
#28
Seems like a pretty inevitable step forward in our lives, whether it starts with Glass is of no concern really. It'll happen, and it's gonna be gooood
#29
the general population does not need these things. it's like getting a hypertuned race car to drive in a perpetually traffic-congested city.

ah well. i've already accepted that i'm a cranky, technology-resisting traditionalist.
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#30
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I can imagine it being hugely useful to some people, and pointless to the general population.

Like, someone who works on repairing watches for a living could record videos of what they're doing as they use both their hands for future reference. or anyone who repairs anything really, from laptops to cars.

the possibilities in the professional world are endless I think, but your average person I'd imagine has very little use of it


I'm thinking Mighty Car Mods could benefit?
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#31
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So far it failed to keep me interested. I just don't see the benefit. Besides, it will probably cost a shit ton of money.

Well, Google is looking to sell this product. No company (read: smart company [and Google has a good track record of being smart]) is going to sell a product for a price that is so high that it limits their customer base to a very small percentage. We're not talking about luxury cars here.
#32
I'm guessing it'll start out at iphone kind of prices but will eventually become cheaper as it becomes more common. Then as with iphone they'll release new versions every six months or so just to keep the money train rolling.
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Well, Google is looking to sell this product. No company (read: smart company [and Google has a good track record of being smart]) is going to sell a product for a price that is so high that it limits their customer base to a very small percentage. We're not talking about luxury cars here.

Sure, but since it is a new technology and it has no visible competitior in the close future, I'd expect it to cost somewhere in the couple thousands range. I ain't paying that for a cool but pretty much useless toy.
#34
Honestly, I don't care. I don't see myself using it anytime soon since I don't find most of its features important to me but if anyone feels like it would be of use to them, I don't mind them buying it.

It does look a bit silly though.


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#35
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How do you know for sure they are going to be able to do these things? Instant access to data? I highly doubt that. Sign translation, very unlikely.

What Im saying is that what we have is just a bunch of promises, whether this device is going to live up to the expectations or not is something we dont know yet.

I think it is going to be like 3D movies, soon after the novelty wears off people are quickly going to lose interest in them.


Maybe because it already does them? (Excepting sign translation, but that's been done as well, so shouldn't be hard to port.)

EDIT: I'm wrong, already done... http://allthingsd.com/20131119/new-google-glass-apps-will-translate-the-world-from-your-eyes-and-other-tricks/

Have you actually looked at what it does?

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Sure, but since it is a new technology and it has no visible competitior in the close future, I'd expect it to cost somewhere in the couple thousands range. I ain't paying that for a cool but pretty much useless toy.


It's only $1500 in the test phase and basic business modeling says prices will only go down from there.
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#36
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Sure, but since it is a new technology and it has no visible competitior in the close future, I'd expect it to cost somewhere in the couple thousands range. I ain't paying that for a cool but pretty much useless toy.

iPods were basically in the same position. Yes, there were mp3 devices, but iPods were SO much easier to use. Similarly, there are devices that have some of the (potential) functions of Google Glass (as mentioned, phones take pictures and allows you to post them or a GPS gives directions). When iPods came out, they were more expensive than the competing devices but not outrageously so, considering that they had a lot more functionality and a much easier-to-use user interface. If Google plays this right, they could do the same thing here and cause Glass to sell like crazy.
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#38
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iPods were basically in the same position. Yes, they were mp3 devices, but iPods were SO much easier to use. Similarly, there are devices that have some of the (potential) functions of Google Glass (as mentioned, phones take pictures and allows you to post them or a GPS gives directions). When iPods came out, they were more expensive than the competing devices but not outrageously so, considering that they had a lot more functionality and a much easier-to-use user interface. If Google plays this right, they could do the same thing here and cause Glass to sell like crazy.

Maybe you're right and when it comes out most people will be less reluctant than I am to buy a pair of glasses that takes photos and makes them look like Vegeta.

I look at it in a different way, because, using that same example, I never understood the hype around iPods. Sure, they look good and all, but I would rather buy mid range regular Creative mp3 player than waste a hundred euros or more in a glorified mp3 player that had the exact same functionalities as my Creative.
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Maybe you're right and when it comes out most people will be less reluctant than I am to buy a pair of glasses that takes photos and makes them look like Vegeta.

Why does everyone think the prototype is what the final product is going to look like?

I look at it in a different way, because, using that same example, I never understood the hype around iPods. Sure, they look good and all, but I would rather buy mid range regular Creative mp3 player than waste a hundred euros or more in a glorified mp3 player that had the exact same functionalities as my Creative.

But would you be able to buy a good, cheap mp3 player if the iPod hadn't made mp3 players widely available? Before iPods came out, the only mp3 players I remember having could hold about 3 songs at 128kbps. I really hate the iPod too, but I have to give it credit for making mp3 players commercially viable, allowing other companies to enter a market that wasn't there before.

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I don't have a problem with it, I just think it's a much less practical and more fragile GoPro. The latter has the advantage of being able to capture a lot of cool POV shots, but nobody wants to see videos of your daily commute. Its other features just get in your line of sight.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567548/Woman-attacked-wearing-Google-Glass-bar.html

This is going a bit far though, for haters reactions.

There are much more practical applications for them than just taking pictures/video of what you're looking at. And as for the article you linked, I cannot for the life of me figure out why anyone would wear fancy, flashy, expensive technology into a 'punk rock bar' called Molotov's that has iron bars all across the front of it. Hell, I'm not even sure I'd feel safe pulling out an iPhone in a place like that.
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But would you be able to buy a good, cheap mp3 player if the iPod hadn't made mp3 players widely available? Before iPods came out, the only mp3 players I remember having could hold about 3 songs at 128kbps. I really hate the iPod too, but I have to give it credit for making mp3 players commercially viable, allowing other companies to enter a market that wasn't there before.

Well, I don't think Apple solved the small storage issue singlehandedly, other mp3 player makers would most likely produce players with bigger storages as time went by, even if the iPod wasn't around. And storage was never a big deal to me.

I remember my first mp3 player had 128 MB of storage I think, I got it in 2003, maybe 2004. I wasn't really into listening to whole albums back then, but it did carry around 15 random songs in a decent quality, and I didn't mind to change them every now and then. I didn't listen to music as much as nowadays, so 15 songs wasn't that bad really.

Second one I got had 2GB. Which, even in today's standards, is completely fine by me. I haven't used that one in a few years because phones rendered mp3 players useless. It's one extra device you don't need to go around with. But right now I doubt I have more than 3 GB on my phone worth of music. I just change it more often than most people, like once every couple of weeks. And I really don't mind, to be honest.
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