Seeing Clearly with Google Glass

google glass wornGoogle Glass is fast becoming a reality more than just a crazy pipe dream, with Google releasing technical specifications for the wearable computing device this week. Google will start shipping early editions of the smartglasses to app developers this week.
And for once, news of a new techno toy doesn’t excite me. It kinda freaks me out actually. As someone who has to wear glasses to fix eyesight problems, the thought of people choosing to wear them so they can connect with the internet just seems weird.
Do we really need something interrupting our interaction with the world more so than smart devices already do?
Here’s the breakdown on the device itself:
  •  About a day of battery life
  • An HD display “the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away”
  • Voice-recognition technology
  • 12 gigabytes of usable storage
  • 5-mexapixal camera that can record video in 720p HD
  • Micro USB port for charging the batter
  • Can connect over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi through an application called MyGlass that runs on newer versions of Android
  • Adjustable nose pads
The Google Glass is set to compete against smart watch devices, such as the Pebble E-Paper Watch, and the one in development by Apple. But there are some key differences between these products: the Google Glass is invasive and allows people to become completely detached from the world while the smart watch still allows people to interact as humans whilst having the benefits of a smart device.
Google is betting that it can convince consumers to adopt a wearable-computing device, but I have my doubts. I don’t google glassunderstand why you need a smart device interfering with your view on the world. The consequences of a device such as the Google Glass becoming mainstream will only be negative and create an almost dystopian, dysfunctional society in which humans move around each other interacting through a non-existent world. Society as we know it could turn into the one predicted in that awful 2009 Bruce Willis movie Surrogates. (Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit extreme.)
Since the creation of the first smart devices, tech companies have been competing for ways to diversify and to create new ways in which users can engage and use smart technology. But is the Google Glass the answer? For tech geeks it might be, but for the average person I think a smart watch is going to be a more popular choice especially once the novelty of seeing the world through the internet wears off.
pebbleThe Pebble E-Paper Watch is one of the leading catalysts behind this new wearable technology trend – it also is the gadget that raised $10.2 million in 48 days to become the richest project in Kickstarter history.
Here’s the breakdown on the device I think is the winner over Google’s creepy glasses:
  •  A 1.26-inch, 144×168-pixel, black-and-white E-Paper display: this helps extends the battery life and ensures it can be read outdoors
  • The watch is controlled with four buttons – a menu button on the left; up, down and selection buttons on the right. Contacts for its USB-ended charger also line its left side
  • Can be used with an iPhone or Android devices
  • Users can choose which notifications appear on the smart watch screen: incoming calls, text messages, calendar reminders, emails, Tweets and more.

For me, the girlfriend of a computer geek who MUST own every device invented, the attraction in the smart watch is that it’s less invasive: it notes the role a smart device can play in your life but it also doesn’t feel the need to take over your life.

We can’t reverse the damage smart devices are already waging on the way we interact with each other as a society, or our faltering attention spans, but surely we can say no to a device that is only going to make the situation worse. When it comes down to it, I can handle a watch but I don’t think I can handle Google Glass.

What do you think of Google Glass? Are you interested in owning the wearable computing device? Let us know in the comment section below, on Facebook or via Twitter.



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3 responses to “Seeing Clearly with Google Glass

  1. OK… I like the idea of Glass, and think it has some potential… However at the present time, it lacks some features (i.e. Cellular data, which will limit a lot of the things you can do with it out and about), battery life, and not wanting to look like complete dweeb walking down the street.
    However – As someone who does already wear glasses, part of me wants to make them (more) useful.. And it wouldn’t be such a big sea change for me to get used to…

    On the Pebble note. Awesome.

  2. Bomber

    Hmmm… not sure I’m a fan of the idea of glasses that are like that. I feel that this could lead to so much trouble in regards to car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bad eyesight etc.

    Not to mention they already blame phones for increases in cancer! Imagine having your phone/electronic technology strapped to your head 24/7

    I may be classified as non-progressive but I think technology is going too far, too fast and we are loosing our humanity because of it.

  3. Google Glass reminds me WAY too much of the earpieces from this:


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