Google Glass Problems
Right before it rolls out to the public, here are the biggest pet peeves we have with the specs.
The glasses have a camera built into them that can record images and video of your surroundings. This is great you know, for pretty sunsets or whatever, but, ugh, what about pervs filming things in the bathroom? For all the obvious reasons, here are some of the places where the glasses are banned, as the Telegraph reports:
Movie theaters: "Anti-piracy laws ban the use of cameras in cinemas so many establishments in the US have already said they will not allow those using the devices in."
Casinos: "Taking pictures inside Casinos is frowned upon and establishments take a dim view of devices that are able to stream footage elsewhere....There are fears Google Glass could be used to facilitate cheating, and as a result many casinos have forbidden gamblers from wearing the devices."
Hospitals: "...the use of Google Glass has already led to some hospitals drawing up new policies aimed at restricting the use of the devices....St Luke’s Hospital in New York said it was considering a temporary ban until it would learn more about how the devices will impact on patient privacy."
"The Segway Problem"
Fastcodesign had a great point that the Google Glasses can easily become the next Segway, you know, that two-wheeled, electric scooter thing that's also the fastest way to lose friends. The site writes, "The Segway flopped in part for its cost and in part for the fact that humanity isn’t quite that lazy, but there was a deeper, visceral reaction to the core of the product that signified a silly future rather than an inspiring one." Basically, Google Glasses are cool but ridiculous.
I've worn glasses for half of my life, but Google Glasses? I can't. Sure the thing can translate foreign languages, download maps, play music...but we already have multiple devices for all that, and we don't have to wear them on our face. I've mentioned my reservations about hideous-looking wearable tech before, but with Google Glasses, you are a walking, talking android and you kind of look like a jerk while wearing them. But hey, if you can afford a pair, you're too busy listening to ARTPOP and translating menus from Spanish to care what I think.
I realize that mobile-free dinner dates are so last century, but I can't even enjoy a meal with someone anymore without a cell phone being taken out at some point. Now, I might have to sit across someone who's pretentiously looking up the best wine and cheese pairings with their Google Glass. Case in point: a Seattle restaurant kicked out a diner after he refused to take off his glasses. Even though the incident was later revealed to be a PR stunt, it's clear that we aren't quite sure what to do with these things yet.