Glasshole Missed Connection Betabeat finally had the distinct pleasure of trying the dorky looking face computer we love to mock so much at a party last night at Meetup HQ. We (only slightly drunkenly) approached a tall white dude donning Google Glass and timidly asked if we might be able to try it on. When we slipped on the device (in slate!), the display was incredibly blurry–not due to our eyesight, but because Glass specifically calibrates to the wearer’s eye. It was hard as hell to see, but the voice commands worked almost seamlessly, impressive since we were at a loud party.
The device’s functionality is fairly limited: you can take a picture, record video and get directions to and from places. It also has the added benefit of making you look like a complete dork while somehow also attracting swaths of attractive ladies to get up real close to your face.
The world is rapidly sorting itself into two camps: Glassholes, and people who want you to take that damn thing off your face. The latest concerned parties, according to the Wall Street Journal: the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus.
Imagine that: A bunch of politicians worried about a world where everyone wears a camera on his face, ready to snap a picture of any shenanigans by public figures.
Yesterday the group wrote an open letter to Larry Page, expressing their concerns:
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It looks like porn studios have finally figured out a way to integrate Google Glass into their shoots.
XBIZ, the adult industry news website of record, reports that studios are eager to get their hands on the device to get a grasp of their “full potential.” For example, since the face computers provide a more intimate angle than a traditional camera set-up, studios are thinking about making the actors wear them while they’re in various positions.
Google made no attempt to top last year’s I/O keynote, featuring skydivers. Instead, viewers were treated to a long, rambling meditation on progress from Google CEO Larry Page, who seemed none too keen on talking about Google Glass.
“Technology should do the hard work,” Mr. Page informed us all, “so that people can get on with doing the things that make them happiest in life.” He also suggested that, “being negative is not how we make progress.” Somehow we doubt that outlook inspires Mr. Page to let his underlings off lightly when they screw something up.
The closest thing to a skydiver was when Robert Scoble popped up at the front of the line for Q&A, announcing himself as ”one of the first glassholes.” “Robert, I didn’t appreciate the shower picture,” Mr. Page replied.
But there were a few big announcements.
Since Google has invented Glass, an intricately built face computer that’s only purpose is to display Reddit while showering, it now has to entice the public to buy the dopey devices. If a new survey is to be believed, that’ll be an uphill challenge: Just 10 percent of respondents would wear it on the regular–regardless of how much it costs.
We’re entering a new age of ubiquitous surveillance, when you can’t even embark on a wild night out in Brooklyn without worrying about some Glasshole uploading your embarrassing antics to YouTube. It’s enough to make you wonder whether maybe we ought to worry about what governments and corporations will do with the technical ability to Read More
Watch Saturday Night Live skewer Google Glass-obsessed tech reporters. [The Verge]
A drone got stuck on a statue on top of a courthouse in Ohio. Welcome to the future! [AP]
“When some future Mars colonist is able to open his browser and watch a cat in a shark suit chasing a duck while riding a roomba, they will have Vint Cerf to thank.” Mmmkay. [Wired]
Betabeat feels obliged to point out that the world’s first 3D-printed gun, the “Liberator,” has the same name as a sex pillow. [Forbes]
The sci fi folk at Tor Books say removing DRM hasn’t put a dent in its ebook sales. [Ars Technica]
Reddit, the social “news” website with a fetish for identifying backpack straps, is now available for Google Glass. The app is aptly titled “Reddit Timeline” and is now available to Glassholes who crave sexism delivered straight to their eyeballs.
Who’s afraid of a little ? Google, apparently, and the company’s squeamishness regarding dirty language is likely to render Glass borderline unusable for sailors and those of us who prefer our conversation extra salty.
Geek.com points out that the company’s voice translation technology (like most similar programs) censors curses. How prim! With smartphones or browsers you can just edit manually, but wearable tech isn’t so simple.
Google Glass is already popping up in San Francisco and Brooklyn, and it seems every competitor is scrambling to develop their own prototype. So it’s not that surprising that, according to ZDNet, the tech industry is expected to ship 9.4 million units of the damn things (Glass and knock-offs) by 2016.
Like it wasn’t already awkward enough using public restrooms.