Fun with Google's Project Glass

Google shows off Project Glass, the HUD-interface in your eyeglasses

Google's Project Glass, the concept video where they show wearable eyeglasses hooked up to a Siri-like voice control system and powerful communications network, has naturally become a source of controversy on the internet already. Some call it vaporware of Microsoftian proportions, others an unprecedented way for Google to record, aggregate, and monetize everything we do, and basically our entire lives. Whatever. The future is never easy and never comes without a cost. When it's here, each of us will determine what we're willing to pay and to sacrifice to use it, or not.

Meantime, some folks are just having fun with it -- riffing on the idea of how distracting it might be to have heads-up-display in real life, and what it might look like if Google ads are delivered to our glasses the same way they're delivered to our devices.

Whether you like the idea of Project Glass or not, or an Apple variation thereof or not, these are worth a watch and a laugh. (Second one is NSFW-L)

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Rene Ritchie

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Fun with Google's Project Glass


Those videos are highly entertaining :-D
They also help demonstrate, while probably a bit over the top, the difference between a pie-in-the-sky demonstation of what is possible and the reality of what will actually be sold to consumers in the stores.

LOL. Sad but true. I can't wait until the personal privacy advocates realize Google is tracking not just everything you do, but everything you look at. How much do I pay to not be forced into using this crap?

The second one is what I expect will more then likely happen. People are already distracted with text on phones. Imagine when they pop up while you are driving. Can it work? I'll say yes. Is it ready yet? H3LL NO!

Woud it work out if it was an Apple product powered by Google and Siri? .... I bet all you fanboys will think differently.

Just because it has a voice or personality, does not make it like Siri. What would Tony Stark say to Jobs? Hey Jobs, your Siri sounds like Jarvis.

You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be really something that I feel I might never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am having a look forward to your next publish, I will try to get the hang of it!

First vid, wud honestly love to see something like that on either platform, but the second video is more like reality, not to mention the laws that would come into play due to it stealing your focus while on the move. Great idea, but I can't see it ever being widely adopted.

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The only question is how much are they going to pay people to wear them? For mapping places they didn't get inside yet, for making the ultimate street view?
Luckily there will always be people that will do it for free and even pay for the device to do this for them :P

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