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Ask the Readers: What’s Your Opinion of Google Glass?

Google Glass raises a lot of interesting discussion, and everyone has an opinion. Some people think it’s the next big thing, while others consider them ugly, not practical, and a fad. There’s been a lot of controversy over the issue of privacy too.

The glasses are currently in the hands of developers and haven’t been made available to the general public, and there’s already a movement to ban them from public places. It seemed to start with a bar in Seattle banning them (arguably a smart publicity stunt), and lawmakers in West Virginia pushing a law that bans them while driving. Recently the headlines were that Google is axing Google Glass porn apps.

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Tech investors Marc Andreesen, Bill Maris, and John Doerr rocking the next big uncool thing? Photo via Google.

Putting the privacy and porn arguments aside, other questions arise about the practicality and benefit of wearing them. Josh Windisch and I talked about Google Glass on episode 34 of our podcast. Josh has had hands on time with them, and he sees a lot of potential for the new tech.

While still early in development, I don’t see a purpose for them in my tech life. They don’t address any glaring needs that I have in computing. In fact, they seem like more of hindrance than anything…another device to make sure you have charged up and bring with your each day.

What’s your take on Google Glass and so-called “wearable computing” in general? Do you think Google Glass is the next big thing, or an unnecessary overhyped fad? Leave a comment below and share your opinion!

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9 Responses to Ask the Readers: What’s Your Opinion of Google Glass?

  1. Steve Krause June 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    The technology is going to change everything. The form factor is… interesting and might not wow everyone, however the overall tech is going to be a game changer for decades to come.

    Being able to have data available and make decisions in this type of form factor without having to pull out the phone and point it at something is huge and will be the future of phones, cameras, browsing, shopping, music, you name it…

    I’ll get one when I can.

  2. Jeff Kalb June 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Now if Google can just make an app for these that will feed hungry people, then maybe there will be something other than the “cool ” factor here. Really, remember when the 1st blue tooth headsets came out? All the uncool had them….

  3. Antonio June 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    I am a college instructor and it will have to be banned. Cheating!

    • Alex Murphy June 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      All the amazing possibilities for Glass in education, and all you can focus on is “oh, they might pull up facts during tests!” What a waste. Its opinions like that that hold education back. God forbid you actually have to teach your students critical thinking and test them on things they can’t just “look up” on Glass.

  4. Jack Busch June 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    I see this having a lot of application in the workplace or out in the field. Like technicians hanging off the side of a giant machine and wanting to look something up without using their hands or squinting at a screen in the bright sunlight. Or, you know, like a fighter pilot’s HUD, but for bus drivers and taxi drivers or cops on the beat.

    I feel like people walking into bars wearing these will look like dorks.

    • Steve Krause June 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

      I don’t know man…. just imagine that dork walking into the bar and having the “hud” scan the faces of the women in the bar looking for unfriendlies! Ex GF’s etc….

      Or perhaps the HUD could scan the men/women in the bar, run an algorithm based on various “parameters” and inform who would be the most likely accept being asked out. OK fine, they would still look like a dork with it on though wouldn’t they. 😉

      • Sam-I-Am June 17, 2013 at 9:19 am #

        Wow, Steve, that is a scary thought now I am not only going to be judged by the person wearing the glasses, but by the glasses themselves. That is kind of depressing. Although this is a little unnerving, I agree that this technology will open a new way of living. I will definitely want a pair.

  5. Jeff Kalb June 18, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    Isn’t the NSA doing the same thing and lots of people are upset about it? I’m older and and I remember a day when private meant private and I didn’t need technology to pick up women. Have you no faith in yourself?

  6. Chris R June 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    The book Existence by David Brin (linkage: ) shows a possible future with this kind of technology taken to out through (at least one of) it’s logical path. The possibilities are interesting and daunting at the same time, but I think the possibilities (generally) outweigh the risks, though this is obviously based heavily on the implementation details.

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