In my opinion I don't see why so many people are uneasy about Google Glass. I see Glass as a powerful and innovative technology, although it's a bit overpriced. I don't think that Google Glass invades privacy anymore than a smart phone, or camera does. When you are in public, you accept that people can see you, and that every odd while you might be caught in a photo. Not a huge deal. It's a different matter if someone is taking photos of you in your house, or anywhere that is not in public. Also, the Google Glass is basically a smart phone on your face. So what if it can take pictures? A smart phone can too. The only difference is that it's a pair of glasses. The only problem with the Glass, is the price: $1,500! To me this is way overpriced. Yes, it's cool, and yes, it uses cutting-edge technology, but come on! $1,500? It only costs Google $210 to make one!
Well said Thomas, but I have to point out that the google glass costs $1,500 probably because it's still in testing. They probably don't want just a random person to buy it and then sell it again. So I'm pretty sure once it's officially released they'll drop the price
Well argued Thomas. What about the possibility of people exploiting others? When someone has a camera or smartphone, at least it is obvious when they are recording us? Google Glass blurs that line. Just a thought.
I've heard about the google glass before and the rumors about it potentially being the next big thing in technology. In my opinion the google glass is exactly that. It already has a small screen, a 720p hd camera, the ability to text and the functionality of glasses. It's basically a smartphone but taken to the next level. I can, however, see people's concern about privacy and why being recorded unknowingly could disturb them. But people should know that they are being recorded all the time anyway. Almost all restaurants, coffee shops and even streets are being video recorded in some way all the time. I say that those people should leave google and the ones using the google glass alone. The google glass is already pretty great but I hope they do make some improvements with their product. Because as it stands right now I can see many people getting distracted while driving or even just walking. But all and all, I think that the google glass will be a great thing to have and that it will help a lot of people. For those who hate the google glass they can forget about stopping it because the google glass will come to the pubic and people will be using it.
Good point about the driving. Right now, people are ticketed for distracted driving, but Google Glass, makes it nearly impossible for the police to know if someone is using the technology while they are driving.
I think Google Glass is pretty cool. I would use it if it was not so expensive. Other people have their pictures taken anyways whether they like it or not. They should not make such a big deal out of getting their picture taken. It was wrong to attack that woman with the Google Glasses.
It really is expensive, but like any new technology, it is bound to come down in price as there is more competition in the market for similar products.
I think the Google Glass is a great concept, and that it was entirely unfair for that woman to be attacked because of it. I can understand why the attackers were concerned about unknowingly being recorded, but like Nathan said, there are security cameras everywhere and you’re probably being filmed anyway.
The Google Glass is essentially a smartphone attached to your face, and both a smartphone and the Google Glass are in plain view. So what’s the difference between clicking a button on a phone or on a pair of glasses?
However, I disagree with the woman’s choice to say, “I’m recording you!” That was what the attackers were worried about, and that probably infuriated them even more.
Innovative technology like the Google Glass is extremely appealing to a lot of people, and I think the Google Glass will be the next big thing. To those people who disagree with the Google Glass: C’est la vie.
Excellent job in arguing your point and acknowledging the other point of view.
I like the idea of the Google glass. I don’t see why so many people are making such a big deal about it. I would like to own one if it cost less. I think that, unless people misuse it, it is a good idea. I don’t think there is any more risk of people taking pictures of other people than with a smartphone with a camera on it. I hope that this will calm down, because I think this is a really good idea.
My assumption David is that people are worried, because with any new technology, there is the fear of the unknown and how others will use it to exploit someone.
Technology is improving every day. Smart phones are changing massively. Google glass is just a smart phone but taking a bigger step forward.
Google glass looks absolutely amazing and has a lot of great features. People's privacy is concerned with using the Google glass. Yes someone can so easily take a picture or a video of another but anyone's smart phone has that feature.
That woman did not deserve to be attacked. Would she have been attacked if she had her phone, and it looked like she was taking pictures? I think a privacy rule just needs to be created.
Now how about you own privacy while using Google glass? Its watching what you are watching, anything you look at will be judged.
I still feel Google glass will defiantly be the next big step in technology.
Well put Darla. It is definitely an amazing piece of technology and while I too think it has amazing applications, I too share some of the concerns about more and more people being distracted and a diminishing sense of privacy.
In the near future I think we can all expect to have great technological advancements. Since when can I eat a big mac, text my girlfriend, listen to the radio, AND record a video, all while driving in my gas-guzzling land rover!
But seriously, folks, LOOK AROUND! (as long as you're not wearing your Google Glasses) I mean, people already have their smartphones on ALL the time! Do I really need one stuck to my face? I prefer a nice walk in the park, just listening to the birds twittering away peacefully, without a care in the world. Sure, Google Glass is new and innovative, but in my opinion it's just another step away from reality.
No, not a hater, just a thinker.
I'm off two minds. I'm totally with you, in terms of unplugging and stopping to see the "real world" around us, but also see the amazing potential of the technology. I guess like everything in life, the key is balance. Very good post Escher.
Yikes!!!! Typo...should say "I'm of two minds..." - MY BAD!
I think google glass is pretty awesome, how cool would it be to be able to just take a picture of a sunset, for example, by just saying “take a picture” instead of taking your camera or phone out of your pocket? Then, of course, someone has to ruin the product for everyone else by using the device inappropriately, for example, taking pictures and videos of people when they didn’t ask or didn’t want their picture taken. The people that take the picture of the person that didn’t want their picture taken will say “what’s the big deal?” Well, did you ever think that that person doesn’t want their face all over the internet?!?!?!
The lady that got attacked got attacked for a reason! People assumed she was using the device to invade their privacy. People HAVE to ask permission before they post a picture of somebody! Too many people have committed suicide for getting bullied and embarrassed by something that they or someone else posted. All I’m trying to say is, think. Not everyone feels the same way about technology…not everyone is comfortable with pictures of themselves or videos on the internet. People need to remember to be respectful of other people’s privacy.
Thinking...a good start to any process. Good post Katey!
I don’t agree with the idea of Google glass, because I feel that it invades peoples’ privacy and does nothing towards distancing ourselves from technology. The video refers to the idea that to distance ourselves from technology we have to bring it closer to us as ironic. I agree that it is ironic, however I do not agree that Google glass, is in fact, helping to distance us from technology. Google glass still has a screen that one has to look at; you still have to conscientiously decide to look at the text and therefore ignore whatever else is happening around you. If you receive a text on a phone while you are talking to someone in person, and you look down to read the text, the other person knows that you are ignoring them for the moment. With Google glass, you are still reading a text and ignoring the person but they will have a harder time knowing whether you are paying attention to them or not.
While you are wearing Google glass another person has no way of knowing whether you are using it or not, and if so, what you are using it for. Using a smart phone to video someone, for example , is more obvious. Tracking someone with your eyes may make them uncomfortable however it is a mundane movement and they don’t know if you are recording them or not. The smart phone goes away in your pocket but Google glass is on your person. If you are in an area where video is forbidden you would have to take the glasses off. They might be prescription glasses and this would pose a problem if you need them to see.
I also feel that Google glass is overpriced. According to some web site, it costs Google $210 to produce. Google glass is sold for over $1000. There are tutorials on the web as to how to build your own Google glass for about $200. This involves buying other finished products and harvesting the bits you need, rather than buying basic materials. The cost should be higher in this case but it is virtually the same as Googles listed production cost.
Fantastic Post Matthew. I really appreciate how you included your opinion, facts research and most of all good solid reasoning. Well done!
I don’t like the idea of the goggle glass here’s why. Frist of all it seems just too costly for what you get, it’s like you’re buying a really expensive piece of tech that makes human interaction awkward. This is so because with a smartphone or phone someone can tell you are paying no attention to them but with the glass you can be invading someone’s privacy and the other person will think their having a conversation with you. I fell that it invades peoples’ privacy and does nothing towards distancing ourselves from technology. Goggle glass may or may soon be fantastic but as of now I’m not that found of it.
Privacy...that really is the question. At what point is staying indoors the only way to protect our privacy? It is a conversation that needs to take place.
I think it's kinda cool but I wouldn't want one plus people want privacy you can't tell if someone is recording you, and it's expensive.
Too expensive and not really my thing either.
In my opinion, Google Glass makes it easy to invade someone's privacy. For example, a person wearing Google Glass can record people without them knowing or giving their permission. You can be recorded with someone's phone, but you would know that they are recording you because they would be holding their phone at you. This gives you the opportunity to give permission or not give permission. Google Glass, however, does not necessarily give you the opportunity to know they are recording you. Personally, I would not want to be recorded without giving my permission. I don't think the woman deserved to be attacked, but it wasn't a good idea to go into a bar and record.
I couldn't agree with you more. With Google Glass, it would be way too easy for someone to steal passwords, PINS and other personal information.
I kind of like google glass. I would probably use it if it wasn’t so expensive. But I don’t think that people should go around taking pictures or videos of people who probably don’t want their picture all over the internet. People need to remember to be respectful of other people’s privacy.
People really do need to be more respectful of others privacy.
To be honest, I don't know too much about Google Glass but from what I've seen during my brief research period.. it seemed a lot of people had negative opinions of the little device. Most people had an issue with the whole privacy thing, being able to take pictures and whatnot so simply and discretely. Thing is, if you are in public you're most likely being recorded/photographed anyways; whether it's a security camera in Walmart or a tourist's new Nikon digital camera. Mind you, the common instances where you would be photographed without your knowledge (or consent in some cases) is rarely with malicious intent, although with Google Glass people who are trying to photograph/record you with less friendly intentions could get away with it a bit easier now.
I still don't really have a strong opinion on Google Glass either way, I can only acknowledge the up and down sides to it.
As for the woman who was attacked, I can see why the attackers did what they did, filming someone without their consent (whether it's a harmless demo or with some sort of definite purpose) can irritate those being recorded. I feel bad for her but I mean.. I don't think demonstrating something controversial like this in a bar was a good idea.
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I appreciate the honest analysis. I too struggle with how I feel about Google Glass. One thing is for sure, it makes for any interesting topic of discussion.
I personally think that the google glass is an amazing new product and i am intrigued by. I would totally want to try it out and see what it is like, but at the same time, I dont think i would feel comfortable seeing someone wearing them and knowing they could be taking videos or pictures. But, on the contrary, It would be so cool if you were able to take videos of exactly what you are seeing. But i am not completely sure about what i think about it.
Wow, Honestly i don't understand the point in google glass me myself work just as well with my laptop. So honestly i don't get the big woop, it's pretty much like the ipad just a large ipod. This all my opinion though. The idea is nice and so is the design but i don't see it as a icon in technology, about the privacy. Rule 1. On the Internet you never give a stranger any info about where you live what school you go to etc- i don't mind so much is someone uploads a picture of themselves as long as it's on a safe site with safe people.
The woman wearing the Google Glasses her mistake was intsead of getting up and leaving the bar, she did the one thing that people did not want her to do. She turned on her video and started recording. I am not saying that they should heve reacted how they reacted, but they were at a bar and slightly intoxicated. In the States, people are very paranoid and don't like having their pictures taken or having their privacy invaded.And by activating her recording device in a public area, she made them feel like they were being spied on. It would have been better if they had politely asked her to turn off the recording device but they had been drinking.Technology is built for the use of good but there is always going to be people who use it or think it is bad.
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