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Head-mounted displays / sensors like Google Glass are:

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  • by J_Darnley (918721) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @08:43AM (#43761199)

    Display: fine. You can look at whatever you want while facing me.

    Sensor: creepy. I don't want you sending anything I do to advertisers.

    • Remember (Score:5, Funny)

      by careysb (566113) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @09:01AM (#43761305)
      I suffer from short term memory loss and this is exactly the kind of tool that would help. ...wait...what were we talking about?
    • by vswee (2040690) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @09:06AM (#43761319) Journal
      I'm not too keen on being recorded. It'd be cool if we all had the display bit though.

      Another reason to stay indoors now - might be filmed by a user and analysed by Google. Frightening.
      • by rwa2 (4391) *

        I'm looking forward to much more of this, though: []

        (both from people using Glass and not paying attention to where they're going, and from people who use Glass to surreptitiously collect more funny gaffes from others a /whee/ bit faster than people can currently whip out their cellphones)

        I'm not frightened, though. The whole point of being a technologist is knowing how to master it.

        If that means turning off my Glass before looking at things that look vaguely like

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by arth1 (260657)

        I'm not too keen on being recorded.

        On the plus side, the erosion of an illusion of privacy in public will accelerate Solarisation. Our homes will eventually become our bastions, which we will rarely leave. There will be no need to, and too many privacy implications if we do.

      • Well, recording and streaming video on the internet is also possible with current smartphones. I don't see how these glasses are worst on this aspect than the existing smartphones. It is just more convenient to wear.
        • When you hold your cell phone up, rather than looking down at it, I have a clue you may be taking photos or videos. I can turn away or walk away if I don't want to be on your facebook page. But most of the time you aren't doing that. Right?

          If you have a camera always facing where you are looking, and everyone knows you have a camera facing where you are looking, then you are always potentially recording people, and you may find it common for people to look away or walk away from you.

      • by Dr Max (1696200)
        Heads up displays could be very cool, but stupid google went out and made the worst possible version; freaking big solid unhinging frame and only one display that's all the way up in the corner.
      • by tnk1 (899206)

        Google analysis:

        You sir, are a sharp dressed man. Cueing music now.

        Would you care to buy some new khakis? [Y/n]

    • by peragrin (659227)

      that's my thought. I can see uses for the heads up display tech. but i don't want the camera or voice control functions.

      Camera is creepy, the voice control is stupid. Talking is the least effective way of communicating commands.

      • by Mitchell314 (1576581) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @11:08AM (#43767935)
        And very bad if somebody nearby asks what rm -r / does.
      • by KGIII (973947)

        When this was announced I was thinking about that. I even went so far as to send an email into the aether (I never got a response) stating that the voice control was probably the worst possible implementation that I thought they could use.

        I suggested that they develop an Android app that functioned as a remote control. I also suggested that they include a small remote control (wireless, of course) with a "nipple" for navigation and a couple of buttons for selection and menu access. I believe my email also s

  • Dorky (Score:5, Informative)

    by anyaristow (1448609) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @08:55AM (#43761265)


  • by splitsevin (953745) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @09:03AM (#43761311)
    At two different events. The consensus is that they are creepy.

    Last night a company I'm helping build had a booth at Uncubed NYC. A guy came over with the glasses at the end of the night. He had a drink in his hand and had obviously been taking advantage of the free booze. He was an MBA-type douche with obnoxious semi-slurred questions about our app (ex. "So, why can't Google just build this?).

    As soon as he came over you could tell that everyone stiffened up and our attitudes changed. It changes how you respond to people's questions, how you act.

    In a nutshell, Google Glass blows.
    • by HWguy (147772) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @10:42AM (#43761935)

      Sounds like he was a "glasshole"...

    • by stenvar (2789879)

      Of course, if people really want to record you clandestinely, they just use any of the dozens of tiny camera form factors that you don't even notice.

      • by Xtifr (1323)

        If someone really wants to, yes, but how likely is that? The problem with the glasses is now it's going to be a trendy thing to randomly film people without them realizing, and all kinds of people are going to find all sorts of embarassing things posted on the internet for the world to see and laugh at.

        Chance that someone has gone out and bought a expensive clandestine camera just to follow me around and see if I scratch my balls or try to hit on someone who's out of my league at the local bar: 0.

        Chance tha

        • by stenvar (2789879)

          Yes, chances are climbing that you'll get recorded, but so what? It's already illegal to publish such photos. And places where you can have an expectation of privacy can already prohibit photography on their property. Oh, and as for expensive, spy cameras go for around $20.

          • by skegg (666571)

            Oh, well, as long as something is illegal then there's nothing to worry about, is there.

            Perhaps we should criminalise assault and murder. Just a thought.

            • by robsku (1381635)

              And children. Since there are so many "won't somebody think of the children" issues around it seems pretty clear where the real problem lies.
              Criminalize children - problem dealt with.

      • by Kittenman (971447)

        Of course, if people really want to record you clandestinely, they just use any of the dozens of tiny camera form factors that you don't even notice.

        Totally agree. BTW, nice shirt.

    • Well yes, because the conversation is no longer between you, but possibly being recorded or streamed live on-line. If I'm going to be judged in public by people half way around the world, I want to know who exactly is judging me (which would be in the millions).

      Fame? Not for me. I don't care for it, I don't want it. An any fame I get would be in a negative light anyways.

    • by TitusC3v5 (608284)
      I can't say I fully understand this type of reaction. Being your typical geek/gamer combo, the idea of having my own personal HUD in RL I find to be at the very least intriguing, and potentially awesome. At the same time, I don't particularly care if someone is recording me in public.

      The bottom line is, even when people wearing these are recording, you're not the recording. You're scenery at most, obvious exceptions excluded.
    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      Were people bothered by him being drunk or wearing the glasses? Unfortunately anecdotal evidence from uncontrolled experiments in the wild isn't much use to anyone.

      I tend to agree that the effects will be chilling though.

    • by skegg (666571)

      I'm not looking forward to the day these become common.

      Would suck to have guests coming over to one's home wearing these; recording / streaming the home's interior.

      My policy: take 'em off before you step in.

  • Facial recognition (Score:5, Interesting)

    by geirlk (171706) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @11:30AM (#43762281)

    I sense a lot of people will start hiding their facial features to not be recognized by software. []

    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      Gonna be fun in all those countries where hiding your face in public is not allowed by law (laws typically designed against Muslim-style burka gowns, but of course written broader and in a non-discriminatory sense).

      • by geirlk (171706)

        Hehehe, you're on to something there =)

        I wonder if it could be called "hiding" in a legal term if people are capable of recognizing you, but software isn't.

        • by Y.A.A.P. (1252040)

          Hehehe, you're on to something there =)

          I wonder if it could be called "hiding" in a legal term if people are capable of recognizing you, but software isn't.

          Something that I could pick out with my eyes as a commonality with all 4 models which were "hidden" from recognition: hair coming down the middle of their face. From the looks of the 4th model (the one with the crimson hair in the middle) that's really all that's needed to defeat this program. It doesn't seem like hiding is really that difficult.

      • by KGIII (973947)

        I recall that there was an article mentioning that facial recognition software could be foiled by wearing paint on your face. The functioning examples of this looked like the "dazzle camouflage" used on some of the ships during WWII. So, yeah, it looks like that can be defeated but, of course, you're running around looking like the USS Fuzzbudget or something.

        Maybe those ICP fans were on to something? Hmm... Nope.

  • Invasive (Score:5, Insightful)

    by theshowmecanuck (703852) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @12:59PM (#43762979) Journal
    Pure and simple.
  • Apple has been running a handsomely produced series of adds showing the iPhone being used as a traditional hand-held camera, a later-day Kodak. Each set piece a thousand light years removed from the creepy open mouthed geek in the shower who went viral as the defining image of Google Glass.

    -- The Segway. The Bluetooth headset. The pocket protector.

    What do these three technologies have in common? They all pretty much work as promised. They all seem like good ideas on paper. And they're all too dorky to live.

    Now, far be it from me to claim that nerdiness equals lack of popularity potential. But I contend that dorkiness and nerdiness are two different qualities. While nerdiness implies a certain social awkwardness that's ultimately endearing, dorkiness connotes social obliviousness that opens you to deserved ridicule.

    Will these guys make Google Glass uncool? []

    Larry Page on Robert Scoble's Google Glass stunt: 'I really didn't appreciate the shower photo' []

  • Why the heck do I have to keep hearing about this?

    I hate how they look. I hate knowing that they're potentially recording 24/7. I hate knowing that glazed look in your eye while I am speaking with you now may have nothing to do with what I am saying. (at least with a phone I know you're preoccupied)

    In fact I despise the entire idea for for everyone except me.

  • by Freddybear (1805256) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @03:41PM (#43764053)

    They would need to be a lot less obviously what they are.

  • by jasnw (1913892) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @03:49PM (#43764107)
    ... eye-candy.
  • I don't understand this "I don't want to be recorded" that people always go on about with this. Seriously, what is so special about you that a stranger would want to record you?

    • by westlake (615356)

      I don't understand this "I don't want to be recorded" that people always go on about with this. Seriously, what is so special about you that a stranger would want to record you?

      That depends.

      You could be a teenaged girl in Cleveland.

    • And it is not like we aren't already recorded almost everywhere these days and this capability is also available to any current smartphone.
    • by Nidi62 (1525137)
      "Artsy" douches like this guy []? Some people simply don't want permanent records of their daily activities. The number of people against it goes up sharply when that invasion of privacy is used commercially or for profit.
    • Maybe just because he/she CAN and that's the only answer you'll ever get.

    • by pavon (30274) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @12:00AM (#43766117)

      If I'm not so special, then why do my mundane activities need to be recorded? What benifit does it serve? Certainly not mine; the activities being recording are so unexceptional the only people to gain by having a recording of them are my loved ones who want a momento of the event or people looking for dirt on me. If I don't know you, but you are sending video of me into some cloud service, then no good can possibly come to me as a result. The most likely outcome is that nothing will come of it. But that is also the best case. The less likely cases are that I could loose my job, or be convicted of some bullshit crime.

      I can appreciate the argument that you shouldn't do things in public that you don't want people to know. However the areas that are considered a "public space" has been expanding conciderably to the point where your personal home is the only real private space. But people aren't solitary creatures. They need to be able to congregate with others like them without having their activities scrutinized by the entire world, just by the community that they are interacting with. We need freedom to not spend our lives living like a PR representative on the stage every hour that we are outside of our homes.

      • by JanneM (7445)

        "If I'm not so special, then why do my mundane activities need to be recorded? "

        They aren't. I can't imagine any Glass wearer would waste battery life and storage recording you - or any other person. Expect Glass wearers to use it just like we all use phone cams and videos already. Except unlike phones, with Glass you have a decent chance of knowing when somebody takes your picture.

        And this is what I find baffling: people are fine with hidden stills and filmclips taken by phones all over the place, but frea

      • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

        Once the battery life improves people will use them like dashcams - always on, recording everything just in case something happens and the footage is needed as evidence.

    • by fermion (181285)
      You know, if I meeting someone, and I want to have a real discussion with them, I want to be off the record. I want to be able to dwell into issues, topic, hypotheticals, without the possibility of this stuff coming up in a negative or non authentic manner later on. You know those people who always say, well, two weeks ago, you said such and such. I don't hold real conversations with those people. Those people are always on the record, usually boring, and no is really their friend. They have acquaintan
  • A friend of mine wrote a book about the state of virtual reality over twenty-five years ago. Back then, special glasses, headsets or other similar viewers were state of the art. Now, your average first person shooter video game has better 3D than anything he wrote about.
  • Saw someone in my local Safeway with one. It made him look like Locutus ...

  • All of the above.

    This is kinda singularity-ish. It makes me express pretty much every emotion at once.
    • by Dahamma (304068)

      Not sure about the singularity part, but to me it's definitely all of the above (well, maybe except for "short-sighted", unless that was meant literally after all of the Google Glass users come down with mysterious ocular syndromes).

  • Go on, early adopters, pay to prove me wrong.
  • Snow Crash (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Misagon (1135) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @07:17PM (#43765119)

    Google Glass-like devices were predicted in Neal Stephenson's 1992 novel Snow Crash [].
    In the book, the wearers are called "gargoyles".

    Here are a couple quotes from the book that I found online.

    Gargoyles are no fun to talk to. They never finish a sentence. They are adrift in a laser-drawn world, scanning retinas in all directions, doing background checks on everyone within a thousand yards, seeing everything in visual light, infrared, millimeter-wave radar, and ultrasound all at once. You think theyâ(TM)re talking to you, but theyâ(TM)re actually poring over the credit record of some stranger on the other side of the room, or identifying the make and model of airplanes flying overhead. For all he knows, Lagos is standing there measuring the length of Hiroâ(TM)s cock through his trousers while they pretend to make conversation.

    Nothing looks stupider; these getups are the modern-day equivalent of the slide-rule scabbard or the calculator pouch on the belt, marking the user as belonging to a class that is at once above and far below human society.

    • Somewhat ironically, I remember listening to a podcast about some professor who developed a one-handed keyboard and then developed the skill to type as fast as people can talk. Then, with one hand in his pocket, was able to record in text every conversation he had during his work day.

      I think he started doing this back in the late 70's, and at the time of the podcast, had arranged a wearable eye piece that would enable him to search through the conversations. This means that while you're talking to him, he c

  • Literally.

  • Psychosassic.

  • In the future, software will be able to characterize what you've seen, recognize and label people, places and things you've seen, and organize your day's live recording into easily scan-able and searchable chapters.

    *That* will enable true creepiness.

    Right now it's unlikely you'll take the time to record your interaction with or your sight of me, and even less unlikely you'll edit it and post it somewhere as an interesting event, and even less unlikely someone else will find it interesting enough to view.


    • ...and even less unlikely you'll edit it and post it somewhere as an interesting event, and even less unlikely someone else will find it interesting enough to view.

      That should have been even less likely, both times. Sigh.

  • We need google glass to fight the silence!
  • is stupid.
  • The eye it partially obstructs is the eye most people focus on when they are talking to you. So when you are wearing them people can't really even look you in the eye without constantly dodging the device in the way, and switching unnaturally to the left eye.

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