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3/21/2014
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10 Google Glass Myths, Translated

Google wants to clear up some misperceptions about Glass. We have our own views on the truth.

Google Glass wearers, interacting at the Google Glass and Future Health meetup in June 2013. (Source: Ted Eytan)
Google Glass wearers, interacting at the Google Glass and
Future Health meetup in June 2013. (Source: Ted Eytan)

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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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3/21/2014 | 4:12:49 PM
Google Glass
The facial recognition potential does pose a creepy factor. What gives you the most pause, readers?
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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3/21/2014 | 4:24:11 PM
Facial Recognition
As someone who's terrible with names, I'd love a little screen to show someone's name and where I know them from when I run into an acquaintance at the supermarket. (Nobody ever bought into my scheme of wearing trade show badges in their personal lives...) Seriously, though, I am leery of how this capability will be used -- advertising and marketing, law enforcement and stalkers, and who knows what else. I realize it's coming (here already?) but Google Glass made facial recognition seem more real and more glaring. Unlike a cell phone screen, data is right in front of the wearer, who doesn't need to make any extra effort to pull up data. 
rstewart921
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3/21/2014 | 5:35:26 PM
Privacy Concerns
A better translation for number 10 would be:

Privacy has been dead for over 100 years. Get over it.
Thomas Claburn
IW Pick
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Thomas Claburn,
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3/21/2014 | 5:39:22 PM
Re: Privacy Concerns
It's not dead though: The privileged and powerful have privacy, at least more of it than the average person.
Augmented Reality Ltd
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Augmented Reality Ltd,
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3/21/2014 | 6:14:38 PM
Glass
Wearable technology in the form of glasses/watches/bracelets is about to become mainstream. Glass is but one example of this technological juggernaught. 
simonx314
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simonx314,
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3/22/2014 | 10:07:24 PM
Ergonomics?
"it draws your eye in a way that gets old after a while"

I'm questioning if the author has ever tried Google Glass.

"A helmet with a full visor display would be more comfortable for long-term usage."

I'm certain the author has never tried Google Glass.

 
rradina
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rradina,
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3/23/2014 | 11:09:29 AM
Re: Ergonomics?
In the article he claims to be on of the privileged few who own one.

Read #8
Madhava verma dantuluri
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Madhava verma dantuluri,
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3/24/2014 | 12:46:45 AM
Nice
This is good list of topics to be covered in Glass. Waiting on it.
6 one way half a dozen another
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6 one way half a dozen another,
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3/24/2014 | 5:07:34 AM
1 forgotten fact
Google Glass is just ugly. It is a terrible design, like a cheap prop from a 70's or 80's science fiction TV show; a curved piece of metal (plastic?) with a little lucite cube. A Space:1999 leftover.
Kristin Burnham
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3/24/2014 | 5:10:35 PM
Re: 1 forgotten fact
I agree with you on the design -- it should be a clipon that people could use with their own glasses to make it more versatile (and appealing).
Michael Endler
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3/25/2014 | 6:43:25 PM
Re: 1 forgotten fact
I agree. But with all of these big eyewear companies signing on as Glass partners, maybe that can change?
kafantaris
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kafantaris,
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3/24/2014 | 8:03:57 AM
Left unchecked, myths become truths.
If myths are "spoken enough, they can morph into something that resembles fact,” says Google. Or as Plato said 2,500 years ago, left unchecked, prevailing false beliefs become truths.
dkdelkjr
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dkdelkjr,
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3/24/2014 | 8:40:08 AM
Contact Lens
I understand from reading another article that Google is working with experts in the medical industry to develop a contact lens that measures blood sugar levels via tears.  As a diabetic, having something that would warn me of a sudden drop is sugar level, which can be quite dangerous, is a good thing.  I might actually wear them, and I hate contact lens.
dkdelkjr
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dkdelkjr,
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3/24/2014 | 8:40:21 AM
Contact Lens
I understand from reading another article that Google is working with experts in the medical industry to develop a contact lens that measures blood sugar levels via tears.  As a diabetic, having something that woujld warn me of a sudden drop is sugar level, which can be quite dangerous, is a good thing.  I might actually wear them, and I hate contact lens.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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3/24/2014 | 6:46:43 PM
Re: Contact Lens
> I might actually wear them, and I hate contact lens.

I only hope the price isn't stratospheric. Multiply the Google Glass premium times the medical device markup and you have a recipe for a device that will many thousands.
dkdelkjr
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dkdelkjr,
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3/25/2014 | 8:10:52 AM
Re: Contact Lens
The contact lens will not have Google Glass in it, just the medical micro-electronics, so that part of the cost shouldn't be there.  Considering how expensive all diabetic supplies and equipment is (we are a captive customer base, after all), I'm sure they will still be expensive.
Charlie Babcock
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3/24/2014 | 6:33:49 PM
Some rules of Glass etiquette might help
Google Glass is a logical extension of the smart phone and tablet computer. It's a mobile device that becomes quite useful when connected to servers on the Internet. Trying to halt the spread of Google Glass is a less rewarding occupation than standing on the beach and trying to stop the tide from coming in. But some rules of etiquette might help, such as don't walk into a punk bar with the lights on your Google Glass flashing.
Joe Stanganelli
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3/25/2014 | 11:50:16 AM
Scoble
Re: "Scoble, who thrives on taking provocative positions..."


Well, sure, if you can count being a huge fan of pretty much every technology ever, especially if Google is behind it, can be counted as provocative.

But then, that's what a lot of tech pundits do.  Scoble is just way more committed.
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SaneIT,
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3/26/2014 | 8:37:27 AM
This one has been so hard to get.
Translation: If you want to sneak a video of someone, use your mobile phone.

 

If you're worried about someone secretly recording you, do you think it would be the guy with a camera strapped to his head?  I think the whole secret thing goes right out the window when you're drawing attention to yourself with the recording hardware.  I'd be more worried about someone pretending to text while their phone is pointed at you.  Then again I don't think anyone finds me interesting enough to be spying on me so if they want to waste a few minutes of their life trying to catch me doing something dumb it's their time that is being wasted not mine.
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