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nomii
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3/27/2015 | 7:12:55 AM
Re: Google Glass: Schmidt Says It Will Return
I think the problem can be that they launched a product with full features and maximum price. It would have been better if they would have started with the glasses having basic features like only cell phone and had a minimum starting price. This way people would have become used to a totally new device before buying an expensive product.
freespiritny25
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3/26/2015 | 7:27:04 PM
Re: Google Glass: Schmidt Says It Will Return
I had a feeling Google Glass would return. I still am not interested, but they may have a market. The first time around the gadget seemed unfinished and costly. Perhaps they will be dropping the price and making it more "user friendly" this time around.
Susan Fourtané
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3/25/2015 | 2:42:29 AM
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Drew, 

How cool. :D Now I see why everybody wants to take secret pictures of you. :D

-Susan
Drew Conry-Murray
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3/24/2015 | 3:40:32 PM
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People want to take pictures of me so they can steal the design of my tin foil hat.  : ) 
Susan Fourtané
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3/24/2015 | 2:58:02 PM
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Drew, 

More than creepy it sounds paranoid to me. :) Imagine someone, in all those same situations you mentioned, holding a smatphone pretending they are typing a message when they could well be filming or taking pictures instead. And no, you don't necessarily notice what they are doing if they know how to do it. 

And, why on Earth would a stranger want to film you or take pictures of you by the way? :D 

-Susan
Drew Conry-Murray
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3/24/2015 | 2:36:12 PM
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Hi Susan,

Yes, someone with a smartphone could be filming me, but that's more obvious than a camera mounted at eye level. I guess I'm thinking about situations where, for example, I'm at a bar and someone next to me is wearing Glass, or I'm in line at the pharmacy and the person behind me is wearing Glass, or I'm at a park with my kids and someone on a bench is wearing Glass. It's the potential intimacy of the situation combined with the surreptious nature of the recording capability (including audio and visual) that disturbs me. I'm not saying it's a rational fear, but it just feels more creepy.
Susan Fourtané
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3/24/2015 | 1:38:13 PM
Re: Not ready for primetime
Drew, There is no Glass around, but in the hypothetical case it were you would be in a crowd anyway if someone were wearing Glass. Another thing is that I doubt every Glass user would have the camera on filming a bunch of strangers. Couldn't someone with a smartphone just do the same? Yes. So what's the difference with Glass? I don't understand what people are afraid of, if Glass would actually exist out there. What would you be afraid of, for example? -Susan
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3/24/2015 | 11:45:17 AM
Re: Not ready for primetime
>Really, could there ever have been any serious doubt?

Well, I have trouble answering this question, and I suspect Google does too: What common app do consumers need to use frequently in hands-free mode?

I can't think of one.

Occassionally, it might be nice to take videos or images from one's smart glasses. But would anyone need to do that so frequently he or she would pay several hundred dollars despite the availability of a smartphone in a pocket?
Drew Conry-Murray
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3/24/2015 | 11:38:35 AM
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@Susan I don't think it's that no one believes they aren't being watched. I think Google Glass personalized persistent surveillance--the device literally put it in your face. I personally find that more uncomfortable than public security cameras, because at the very least I feel like I get some herd protection from being in a crowd. Even if that's an incorrect perception, it makes the public surveillance easier to ignore.
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3/24/2015 | 7:51:27 AM
Re: Not ready for primetime
Price aside since every first generation of a technology tends to get everyone riled up over its price, Google glass was a great introduction to augmented reality for many people.  Sure we have seen it in movies and on TV but it wasn't anywhere near usable in real life yet.  Glass came along and now we have HoloLens and MagicLeap who watched Google take a chance with Glass and then took things up a notch.  Even if Glass never comes back as a consumer product it did a great service to the wearable and augmented reality markets.  I'd call that a success even if it doesn't look that way on the balance sheets. 
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