Five of the Biggest Misconceptions About Google Glass

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I finally had some alone time with Google Glass and a few things struck me immediately. First thought that went through my head? “Holy crap!” Second thought? “Holy crap!!” Then I took a deep breath and started to play around with the thing, only to realize, there are some serious misunderstandings about Google Glass.

Before I get into that, allow me to tell you what amazed me most about this futuristic device. It wasn’t the idea of wearing a computer on your face, or even the ability to snap a picture without picking up a camera and missing the moment. What really got me was the speed at which this “thing” (what should I call it? Glasses? Glass? That’s still up for debate!) performed.

Whether I was waking the device up, taking a photo, Googling something or sending an email, Google Glass flew! I mean really flew. Zero delay and the responsiveness of the touch and the interface is pretty much as fast as any device I have ever tried. I guess for a device like this to succeed, intense speed is an absolute must.

Ok, now onto the misconceptions:

5 “This is So Bad for Humanity. What’s Next? A Chip in My Brain?”

OK, everyone needs to relax, take it down a notch. Or ten. Google Glass is not fundamentally different than the devices we already have and use. It is just one step closer to executing a command. Your baby is looking at you and smiling for the first time? You can take out a camera, turn it on and snap a picture, thereby totally missing the moment or ask Glass to take the shot and cherish it forever. Yes, it is that fast. Google things on-the-go. Share pictures, email your friends, etc., all without the use of your hands. What will this do to humanity? Make us all more productive. Relax, not all new technology should scare you.

4 “Great, Now I Get to See Ads All the Time!”

So cynical, sheesh. First of all, Google has already announced that there will be no 3rd party ads on Google Glass, so there’s that. Even if Google does include its own advertising on Google Glass, would that really be so bad? You see, the reason we all hate advertising on the web or mobile is because the experience is bad and the ads are irrelevant to me. But if Glass is on me all the time and Google targets me based on my taste and location, I am not sure I would hate that so much. Walking by a café and Glass tells me to go in for a free coffee, that wouldn’t be so bad…

3 “This Will Never Take Off!”

Yes, in its current state, with the current $1,500 price tag, Google Glass will never hit mainstream. But when Google minimizes the design and shaves $1,200 off the price, you better believe it will become a thing. Accessing the web, taking pictures, making calls (tethered to your phone), and emailing your contacts without using your hands once? You are kidding yourself if you think this isn’t the future. Wearable computing is the future!

2 “Um, Did You Look in the Mirror?”

The first thing you will hear from your friends when using Google Glass is just how scary you look. Need I remind you how the first cellphone looked? Google Glass, in its current iteration, is just a prototype. It is not available to the public and you can be sure, when it does become available, it won’t look like this. So relax, and think of the potential of this device without the ridiculous look that accompanies the current version.

1 “Aren’t You Scared of the Privacy Implications?”

When a new category of tech is born, there are always those privacy freaks that come out of nowhere. It happened with the cellphone (“I don’t want to be reached all the time”) social networks (“why would I let burglars know I am not home? Sharing pictures of my kids? Are you NUTS?”), and now with wearable computing, they are back. Guys, relax—Google Glass is just a computer/camera that just happens to be on my face instead of in my hand. Google has banned facial recognition apps from Glass, so there are no privacy concerns, or at least no more than there are with your camera.

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