Apr 09 AT 10:08 AM Anthony Domanico 66 Comments

Google Glasses? I’ll pass, thank you very much


Normally I’m a big proponent of emerging advancements in the technology industry. I lust after the latest gadget out there, and welcome technological innovations that will better my everyday life. When Google first took the wraps off of Project Glass, the project that will soon make augmented reality glasses…umm, a reality, I was excited for the next iteration of connectivity.

Fast forward to this week and an announcement from Google that the products have entered testing at Google HQ. Robert Scoble noticed Google executive Sergey Brin wearing a prototype at a fundraiser, and noticed a blue light flashing off his right eyeball, indicating the devices are indeed operational in some respect.

But as I’ve taken time to digest exactly what a future world with Google Glasses might look like, I’m not quite sure I like what I see. As a society, we’re already glued to our smartphones enough to the point that it’s not uncommon to see blog posts geared towards helping us disconnect and enjoy the world around us pop up on a daily basis. While it’s certainly easy to put your phone in your pocket or leave it on your desk for a while, it’s a lot harder to take off a pair of connected glasses, at least it will be when Google Glasses hits version 2.0.

See, the prototypes that are making the rounds today are a standalone device built for people with good eyesight or who wear contact lenses. It’s hard to see folks who wear glasses on a normal basis putting on a second pair of glasses with Google’s augmented reality system built-in. The prototypes as they exist currently will not be the final product. Instead, when Google Glasses makes its way to consumers in 2013 (and beyond), it’ll likely be sold either as a standalone glasses product, or as a lens that gets built into someone’s regular pair of glasses that people take with them everywhere.

While this certainly isn’t a problem in and of itself, it quickly becomes one when you consider how poorly our brains are able to handle multitasking. Argue with me all you want, but studies have repeatedly shown that we are awful at multitasking. When we multitask, instead of doing one task exceptionally well, we do two tasks half-assed. This is why drivers run the risk of deadly crashes when they decide to use their phones to text, email, or Twitter while driving (guilty, as charged). We simply aren’t that good at multitasking, and the thought of millions of people using augmented reality glasses while trying to partake in everyday life is frightening.

So no, I will not be rushing out to buy Google Glasses when (or, if) they reach the consumer market. My smartphone and tablet is enough for me to get my mobile connectivity fix, thank you very much.

Agree? Disagree? Sound off and have a conversation about the future of connectivity in the comments below.

Via: The Verge

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  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    I can see the argument you have put across of course.

    For me the exciting thing is the application this could have in other proffesions. Forget just wandering around with them. but to have a surgeon who can link with collegues who can see what each other are seeing. Or a fire fighter with the schematic of the building to hand.

    These ideas are what excite me. not me using them in the day to day but for other reasons.

    • professandobey

      Just like the professionals finding ways to greatly enhance their capabilities with this technology, I think society as a whole will find ways to allow this type of connectivity to be integrated into our lives without being rude or distracted. This may not happen within the next few years, but I think it will happen. When life changing technology comes out, it takes a while for life as we know it to change.

    • Saket Chawla

      And just imagine the new possibilities for the Gaming Industry.

      I agree that they might not be so good for 24*7 wear but hey the applications they can be used in can be really great.

  • Paul

    Disagree. People are already trying to multitask with their phones and doing poorly at it. It’s not like passing on these glasses is going to change that. At the very least, these glasses may make them a little better at it. I’ve seen people walking down the streets trying to look at their phone and pay attention to where they are walking and walk into objects. At least the glasses put the information in your field of vision. Yes, granted, if you focus on the information being displayed it wouldn’t be as good as not having the glasses at all, but it’s better than having to completely change your view to your phone. Some cars out there already have heads-up-displays (HUD) that displays the speedometer, radio station, etc. off the windshield so you can still see the road and your radiostation/speed/whatever at the same time. This is just an extension of that. I personally can’t wait to get a pair.

    • delinear

      I wrote almost exactly the same comment before I saw yours and have to say I completely agree. I’ve known people not only reading but WRITING text messages on smartphones while driving, so it’s not like there aren’t already a million different ways people can abuse the existing technology. Reading a message while driving is probably still distracting, but it’s far less distracting than reading it on a phone, where you have to physically take your eyes off the road, same thing for walking and reading – we’ve all seen the videos of people walking into posts or falling over while doing this, probably most of us have encountered it in real life, these won’t mean an end to that but they might help reduce it.

      This is very definitely the future, just like touchscreens were at one time (when a lot of people weren’t convinced), and mobile internet, and even mobile phones in general – all had their doubters but we’ve seen that any useful technology will be quickly taken up despite initial misgivings.

  • Ben

    It sounds like your negative opinion is based on assumptions about the technology. I would wait until you know what you’re talking about (have used a production product at decent length) before you make a decision on weather to pass or not.

    Consider this (based on the prototype/concept video):
    1) The technology doesn’t take up your field of vision, only a small portion of it.
    2) It is for notifications, and hands free interface, not watching movies/games on the go (this is not multitasking).
    3) This is a protoype and is likely to change

    Other things like glasses are sure to be considerations for the final product design. It would be silly not to given the proportion of the population that needs such prosthesis.

  • MrMendleson

    Combine these with the new flying cars shown last week and I think we’re in trouble from all directions! Maybe this is someone’s idea of population control, removing the multi-tasking idiots (the dangerous ones) from the gene pool. :)

  • Paul

    A coworker had the same concern. Now google can see and hear everything you do. They can track your every location. This technology is awesome but it can be abused so easily. Technology is neutral, humans are greedy and evil.

    • kzlife

      Don’t understand why everyone is down rating these comments.. I agree, IF they are misusing the technology in the future, it would be very horrifying.

      Google is an ad-based company and they need to know everything about you to boost their revenue so why wouldn’t this be a perfect way?

      I like the idea and I would gladly try these products but I won’t be offering my privacy and personal data for a pair of glasses.

      • Phil

        I think they downrank them because the whole Google/tracking thing is tired. Half of these people then turn around and use all kinds of services that track them and say nothing of it. They just spout off about Google because they heard someone else say it. If you’re going to avoid “big brother” then you have a lot more work to do than just avoiding Google.

  • http://ericweiss.me Eric Weiss

    Personally, if the price is right, I will be lined up to get Google Glasses. The debate on looking dorky / like a cyborg reminds me of the Bluetooth earpiece debate and we got over that pretty quickly.

    And yes I do wear glasses. I see that black part as something that could possibly be attached to a normal pair of glasses. The frames don’t seem to have any function in the prototype other than holding the black part in the right location.

    As for what the device will look like when it finally hits market, I don’t think even Google would speculate.

  • spazby

    I am sure there will be people who will cause car accidents with these but they already do that anyway with the cell phones…. At least they will have 2 hands on the wheel instead of 1.

    • aranea

      Actually it may help to stop car accidents too. If you think about it people won’t have to stop looking at the road to look at their GPS screen or phone screen. And give that they will be smart they probably won’t be displaying sms messages while you’re driving.

      Also I think things are going in the wrong direction when it comes to using phones in the car. Today on NPR some police chief was saying that talking on the phone even with handsfree iw very dangerous. So it is as dangerous as talking to a passenger. Are we going to ban passengers from the cars? Drivers need to use common sense and don’t be stupid for their own sake and for others’

      • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane

        Talking to passengers is far less dangerous than talking on the phone. Studies have shown that the brain does extra processing when you’re talking to somebody that you know can’t see you. The passenger also pays attention to the road giving you input on impending dangers.

        • aranea

          That’s very interesting study. Come to think of it it kind of makes sense because we have to compensate for the lack of body language. Do you have the reference for that study?

          • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane
          • aranea

            Thank you Lane. I looks like the actual studies are mixed though. If the passenger is an adult and actually is aware of the driving conditions yes it makes a different but if those special conditions are not met it may be equally distracting. Here is a quote from the side box on page 8:

            “Adult passengers often actively help drivers by monitoring and discussing traffic. Passengers tend to suppress conversation when driving conditions are demanding. Although some studies found that passengers did not reduce conversation distraction, so research evidence is mixed.
            Some conversations with passengers can be distracting to drivers. Any task that
            distracts a driver should be avoided.”

  • thechad

    Anything that gets me closer to being able to download information directly into my brain like on the Matrix, I’m excited about!

    • Chris Lewis

      I cant wait for the day I’ll learn kungfu in 3 seconds!

    • PacoBell

      I was thinking less Matrix and more of the Intersect from Chuck =)

  • Dave

    I’m sure you might opt out of the Google Eye (?) tech, but that’s just you. Perhaps you weren’t among those protesting when cell phones began spreading around the world. Maybe you resisted the early days of AOL and related interwebs. Possibly you have a black & white T.

    Tech will continue to grow and expand around the world. The OLPC initiative tries to put the interwebs in the hands of those who don’t even have TVs, yet there will always be those who bemoan the Borg assimilation.

    My wife and I occasionally discuss the fact that no one we know still cooks dinner like our parents did. We have a freezer full of steamer bags that we just nuke and serve, while canned food is a backup. I remind her all the time that my parents moved from a primarily agrarian fare – serving food from our garden and hunted in the woods behind our house – to more and more canned food as they got older. Not only because it was easier, but because the food was often better for you. Now health kicks have made nukeable food better than fresh in many cases. Do I cry because we no longer grill food outside? Not a chance; I’m too busy enjoying my newfound free time.

    And that’s what technology does. It handles the time-consuming tasks we’ve done for decades and makes those tasks either simpler and more convenient, or inconsequential. And I for one plan to buy more steamers at teh grocery store because Amazon doesn’t deliver groceries to my house yet.

  • Chris Lewis

    Pretty negative assumptions in this article concreting you haven’t ever tried this tec out, and that its still in the prototype stages…

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    I’ll definitely take it off your hands if you don’t want it…..Give me a price and I’ll take one in black

  • Chris Lewis

    If i wanted to read such a negative/anti google/uninformed article I would have gone to engadget.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I don’t happen to agree with Anthony, but he has valid concerns here with the product as it has been shown to us thus far. Being a fan of Google and Android doesn’t mean you need to love every idea they put forth.

      • Chris Lewis

        I do understand his concerns in the article, however his concerns of an inability to multitask dont make much sense to me. Most people are going to text while driving, its a fact, but the way this product was presented seems to be hands off and allows you to speak a message and sent it. To me thats a huge steep in the right direction as far as safety, and not taking your eyes off the road while driving (assuming they are legal to drive with). As far as being hooked to the device and always plugged in, you can take them off as easily as you can silence your phone and put it in your pocket. I dont need a blog post to tell me how to do that lol.

        And i definitely agree with you on not having to love every google product out there. But to bash a product before trying it let alone knowing what the final product will even be is just lame.

      • Phil

        I have to agree with the OP. The arguments just don’t make much sense and it really just looks like an anti-Google article you’d find on the mainstream tech sites. You can’t knock the product for one specific idea….in this case multitasking.

        How do we know that you can’t decide when you want notifications? What about uses similar to Google Googles? I might be working on my car, see a part that I need and say “order this” and have it shop prices. I might be in the grocery store and want to see calorie counts on food items without even having to lift the box. There are limitless single tasking possibilities where these glasses could make doing things as natural as simply looking at it. Its MUCH bigger than simply walking or driving while texting. To knock it on such a shallow view of the applications just doesn’t make sense.

        • delinear

          If they could couple these with that demo of real time translation these could make an excellent travel gadget. Especially when you also get real time navigation instructions overlaid on your field of view. Imagine walking down a street in a foreign country and being able to read all the signs you see and get real time information about how good/bad the restaurant you’re about to walk into is… In fact, I can think of loads of different uses for these right off the bat, so yes, to dismiss them over one concern (a concern which, I might add, already exists with smartphones) is definitely premature.

  • Trevor Cameron

    I love it. Bash an item before it’s even out for us to try. Put it down and say you don’t need it and won’t be running out to buy it.

    This is the kind of forward thinking that has helped keep great technology coming our way. By the way, did you type this on a typewriter?!

  • DragonPhyre

    Day one adopter here, so long as it’s not 1 billion dollars. For a few reasons:

    1. I see things constantly that I want to take pictures of. Just like the doorway art in the promo video, I see things that I constantly want to either remember to look up later or share with people. Friends and family parties/reunions are a constant influx of these moments where I want to save them, but a camera would be annoying at best and lost and/or broken at worst.

    2. On the street citizen reporting. This is huge. HUGE! Imagine if you will an entire network of these cameras ON SCENE all reporting from various angles up to YouTube. Live. Uncensored. Documented and recorded forever. NewsCorp just went into cardiac arrest. People already like twitter, imagine if you could even easier tweet about disasters and stuff happening.

    3. Citizen Surveillance. Police have these, we need it too. Imagine if you were walking through a sketchy neighborhood and you just flipped it on and recorded your walk home–in case anything happened. You’d have documentation on it. MAYBE nothing will happen, MAYBE you will get mugged and you want some documentation on it. Same for driving. Get into an accident, and it turns on and you are being recorded. There was a video where a guy got hit by a car and then it drove off–he could have recorded the whole incident. (He was helped by a bus who blocked the two lanes and another citizen who sped off to go block him in further.)

    4. The ability to see what someone else is seeing remotely. I can imagine that the workforce would like this, so that technicians can call back to their supervisor and ask them a question and SHOW THEM without making them walk all the way to the station.

    5. Share in the sights with family when you cannot be there. 4 people streaming video from Vegas (on the strip–the casinos would frown on cameras inside) would be pretty awesome to do.

    Yeah. Day One purchaser right here.

  • Marco G.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this, but I think it will be Such a huge innovation that everyone will wear a pair of GOOGLE glasses. They are just awesome.

  • CR

    They have huge potential. I like what I read the other day – when walking through an area you are not familiar with, the glasses could provide you with directions mapped out so to speak on the ground in front of you….definitely sci-fi material but exciting nonetheless.

  • pr0thizzle

    Troll on Androidandme it’s what you been doing for the last month or soo now your going to hate Google Glasses why don’t you guys just start using iPhones because you guys already sound like some hating iSheep already

    • kazahani

      Sir! I’m going to have to ask you to calm down, sir!

  • rashad360

    Augmented reality is the future and I’m glad Google has stepped up to make it happen. Don’t get me wrong, AR glasses aren’t for everyone, but I expect they will have infinite applications in various professions. Eventually I could see most of the public using them but that will be a long while off.

  • Mr fm

    ur comment made me to remember some anti iPhone article in the old day.

  • elijahblake

    wow so you’re a tech writer that is describing how you won’t like a product before you even review it…

    I would just delete this whole article if I were you..

    I could pick the article apart but i don’t even want to waste my time…

  • McLovin

    I hope they can make the glasses inconspicous. “A blue light flashing off his right eyeball” does not sound promising and something I would never wear. I don’t wear a Bluetooth headset constantly for the same reason. I know people who do but it’s just not my thing. If I’m going to wear something it’s got to be stealthy and not overtly obvious.

  • skugern

    So many Negative Nancy comments! This was an Opinion article, not a product review article.

    Anthony has some legitimate concerns about multitasking and a person’s ability to stay focused on important things such as navigating traffic. I think that saying you won’t buy one period is a rushing to judgment a little soon, but by no means is he “bashing” a product. I am glad to see differing opinions on products and that writers on this site have opinions that aren’t ‘OMG GOOGLE IS TEH BEST EVAR!’

    Google has to show that the tech won’t interrupt our field of vision, for example the map that shows directions when it prompted him to walk to the bookstore in the promo video.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    I’m all for cyberpunk-levels of integration with my surround and environment. I like and respect nature and I consider myself to be an advocate for the preserving of our natural and savage world, but I’m also deeply interested into seeing the human evolve into their technology and see that we all can someday have the easiest access to information and services to make our life more comfy, all alongside access to information and a integrated hint of openness and transparency.

    That’s for me where the problem is at, ensuring people the right to individual privacy.

    For the rest, I’m all for the Glasses.

    • PacoBell

      The right to privacy will be an interesting issue in the near future. The threat will not come primarily from big government, but from flash mobs connecting in the darknet. Our mobile devices will be bristling with sensors of all sorts and at any given time, like-minded people can activate a massive distributed sensor network to monitor and track any target of interest. We’re starting to see hints of this already judging by that recent story of the person who tweeted they were on a plane with Joe Biden and got into hot water with the feds. This is going to be a “sousveillance” society and the “surveillance authorities” are not going to like it one bit. But a democratic populace demands these kinds of enabling technologies in order to keep the balance of power in check. The Waze app is a prime example of this phenomenon where independent users can report in real-time the location of speed traps and the current viability of the report. How long until we have the ability to document cases of police or military excessive force or misconduct? Also, what part does the average citizen play in the reporting of news? Should they be beholden to the same mainstream media ethics and embargoes? Should anyone have an expectation of privacy while in a public venue?

  • Kem

    Whenever theres is a new technology, there are posts like this.
    ever since prometheus stole the fire and brought it to us simple humans. i’m quite sure of it, there was this guy, he had prometheus since 3200 bc, and when he saw the fire he took his chisel and chiseled: “fire, no thx, I will pass. humans are not meant to have this hot dangerous thing!”

    i will never understand this. let them bring their fire and their glasses. it will either work or it won’t, will either be great or boring, or in todays terms: will either make a profit on the markets or burn money.

    you don’t want it? don’t use it!
    where is the peoples need coming from to tell everyone that they are not interested in something that will be available someday? just weird.

  • Bob83

    I’m sure if Apple came out with these that the world would fall all over itself and Apple would have started a new trend. Or they will beat Google to the market and get credit for inventing another tech product.

    • PacoBell

      This is why I value Google’s corporate culture. They’re about open dialogue with the community while Apple is about pontificating its “vision” and then claiming superiority. I applaud Google for starting up this conversation again in light of all the technological advancements that have been made this decade. Perhaps now the dream will finally become a reality.

  • h0ruza

    I’m a geek and new technology lifts my soul but I would just like some of goggles ideas to be completed or at least given the chance to come to something and then have there potential be explored.

    One thing at a time please Google :-)

  • kazahani

    It’s OK Anthony. You can just send your glasses over to me when they come in. I don’t mind taking them off your hands.

  • clocinnorcal

    Why are there so many hate threads on here lately? Give a shot before you shoot em down, jeez.

    • Meh

      I agree. The tone of this site’s comments are very negative lately.

  • PacoBell

    “While it’s certainly easy to put your phone in your pocket or leave it on your desk for a while, it’s a lot harder to take off a pair of connected glasses”

    Or how about hitting the power button to turn off the display. You know, like every other Android-based device? If anything, you’d want to turn it on only when you needed it just to conserve battery.

    You claim you’ve “taken time to digest exactly what a future world with Google Glasses might look like”, but then you say something like “It’s hard to see folks who wear glasses on a normal basis putting on a second pair of glasses with Google’s augmented reality system built-in.” Did you miss the part where they mentioned a clip-on version and, eventually, a contact lens display?

    Then you hand-wring about multi-tasking in the car (like every other tech news blog has been parroting this past week). Like I said above, if you find it distracting, turn it the fsck off! It’s not a difficult concept to grasp, people! I sometimes do exactly that with the radio if I need to concentrate on the road. It’s also funny how you don’t mention GPS navigation. Personally, I multi-task with that just fine because it offers turn-by-turn audio cues. The only hazard is when I look away from the road momentarily to glance at the screen to see how far i am away from the next turn. A personal HUD would allow me to maintain my line of sight on the road while also providing the necessary contextual navigation cues to route me safely and efficiently to my destination (a la Waze).

    So, yes, I disagree with pretty much everything you said here. I know how to use my tools appropriately and am always looking for better tools to aid me in increasing the quality of my tasks. I realize you have your fears, but one should confront those fears in a rational manner and attempt to try to resolve them instead of merely running away from them.

  • josegb2011

    I am neutral in this idea..I see the negatives and positives of this glasses but won’t pass judgement until I have one for myself

  • counsel dew

    People using their smartphones too much won’t change, and having people look ahead (even if focusing on a text message) is better than them looking down at their device all the time. Again, use of tech will only increase as a percentage of the population (i.e., when the tech-phobes die off).

    The only problem I have with a non-laptop is a lack of a keyboard and other controller (mouse). Sure, you can play games and ‘type’ on the devices, but human interaction on the devices is sub-par to that of a laptop or other device with a keyboard. I know many tablets/phones have keyboards, but why not buy a laptop if you are also carrying around a keyboard for your tablet/phone….?

    • PacoBell

      “why not buy a laptop”

      One word: flexibility. The modular design of an intimately mobile device like a smartphone allows for the use of a physical keyboard (or any other supported peripheral) via bluetooth when you need it and the freedom to ditch them when you don’t. Can’t say the same with a monolithic device.

  • David Gomez

    I agree with what you said. When I first heard about it I was excited too but I think it will be dangerous. A lot of people today walk around texting and don’t look where they are going imagine if they had glasses on.

    They could be cool for other things though like using them when doing 3d design instead of using a screen your glasses could use their AR capabilities so you’d see the model in front of you and maybe if you were designing a building you could go to the building site and have it project the model where you want the building to be so that you an see it before you build it.

    They could also be cool for gaming.

  • smeghead68

    this is a great idea, but what about electronics close to your head all day long?

    • PacoBell

      What about living in a city constantly bombarded by multi-Watt cell towers?

  • vid500

    I think that the glasses could be a useful gadget in professional use and in some circumstances for all people as well, but as you put it in the article, I personally wouldn’t like to have this glasses on the whole day and all the electronic sending and receiving next to my head all day long. I like to turn off my smartphone form time to time so that nothing bothers me and like to leave it on my desk when I’m home. But I’m also not the kind of person who checks in in every store or coffee shop, I like to share some things with the people that are actually around me at that moment. But we all are different.
    And don’t get me wrong, I think this is a great peace of technology, Its size and performance, but I just wouldn’t like to use it every day.

  • cooldoods

    I think these glasses are designed to be an auxiliary input-output device rather than a standalone device. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth or some other wireless medium. So any fears regarding over-connectedness should not be any more than what we already have. You can customize the level of connectedness or up-to-date information you want to be subjected to.

    As for the glasses representing additional potential privacy leaks, again it’s not more than what you already have. Google or your carrier or Apple or Microsoft could embed code or processes into your smartphones that peek into your private lives (including pictures or videos you take or sounds around you or your location) for more information about you without you knowing it.

    Again, there is no need to fear or hate these glasses. They would not be more intrusive than your current devices already are.

  • n25philly

    I’m going to pass too. I’m excited for the tech and hope it’s successful, but I have yet to find a pair of glasses that didn’t give me a wicked headache.

  • cb2000a

    I have zero interest in this item.

  • Robert

    I’d like to disagree.full Augumented Reality implementation integrated into our daily live100% accurate object,facial recognition&tracking is still some way off at least in ultra-portable form-factors like these glasses.By the time this tech matures we are likely to see a slew of similiar devices pushing&integrating AR further into our daily lives.Also we have had HUD tech around for AGES in fighter planes.We don’t see them colliding or obstructing pilots.Fact is humans have prevailed as the predominant species due to our tenacious&wonderful ability to adapt fast.As AR technology integrates more&more into our lives we would probably adapt&learn to seamlessly multitask via AR without any impediment.

  • Coltsfan74

    I will try these. I hope they have a version that can attach to existing glasses. It not, that could severly limit their marketability. I do think, however, that it will be more of a luxury toy, rather than real tool, at least in the beginning.

  • Usman Ehsan

    I completely agree with the argument. Our lives are already controlled by technology and Google is spying and diplomatically driving us. The thought of going so much further into entrapment of the technology is indeed frightening, especially if viewed from everyday life point of view. Technology is great in bringing the world closer and enabling us with power to do work efficiently but lets face it, because of technology, world has gone insane. Like you said, we aren’t developed to be multi-taskers and the today’s world of technology pushes us to exactly that because of its fast pace and it has ruined our close personal relationship and have stolen our mental peace.

    So, my simple smartphone is all that I need. No to Google Glasses and augmented reality.

  • W1Harris

    Unfortunately, there are a few people out there that can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. But for the rest of us REAL techies, this is the invention of the year so far. If you can’t handle a cell phone, this definitely isn’t for you.

  • Miguel Pedro

    This is becoming sinister. We are loosing our critical thinking. We accept everything that is happening like it is normal or healthy. We are loosing the capability – in 4 or 5 years !!! – to connect with ourselves and others. Information, information. But no real knowledge. That we are loosing. We are becoming marching ants that repeat sentences like: technonology is neutral, humans are greedy and evil. you sinister religious people. We have a new battle in front of us and you are not even seeing