Google Glass Wearers Being Attacked - Glassholes indeed!  

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Post #1 post 13th April 2014 - 07:46 PM
Apparently people are getting attacked for wearing Google Glass's and the techies wearing them are saying they're being targetted for being wealthy?

That's a pretty rediculous statement, there's plenty of other ways to display wealth (clothing, jewelery, etc)...

It's more likely that people are lashing back against the idea of being recorded by what is effectively a video camera... no one likes to be discretely recorded...


A JOURNALIST whose Google Glass was ripped off his face and smashed in the street believes the attack may be part of a trend against wealthy techies.

Business Insider journalist Kyle Russell was wearing the glasses that feature a hands-free computer which can access the internet as well as take photos and video, while walking in San Francisco on Friday night.

In a post on the incident he said a person put their hand on his face and yelled, “Glass!”, grabbed the glasses and ran off.

Russell watched as the man threw the glasses into the air in an “overhand swing”, smashing them on the ground before taking off.

The attack is part of what seems to be a growing backlash against the hi-tech device in San Francisco, where Russell acknowledges that residents are being evicted or priced out of their homes because wealthy techies have moved in.

“Unfortunately, anything associated with Google has come to represent gentrification in the city, from the buses that take young software engineers to their corporate campuses in Silicon Valley to Google Glass,” Russell writes.

“This is especially true in areas where gentrification and income inequality have become points of conflict in the community.”

The anti-tech feeling seems to have spilled into violence in recent months.

In March tech writer Sarah Slocum wrote about being attacked in a San Francisco bar, while also wearing Google Glass.

In one Facebook post she even described it as a “hate crime” against Google Glass wearers but has faced criticism on social media that she may have provoked the incident.

Some suggested Slocum had not noticed other bar patrons were unhappy with her wearing the glasses and was accused of provoking them by recording video when the situation became heated.

Even Google has acknowledged the potential issues surrounding use of its hyped device, releasing a guide earlier his year on how not to behave like a “Glasshole”.

It warned against being “creepy or rude”, aka a “Glasshole”, and to respect others.

“If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers,” the guide says.

Google also points out that people should not wear the glasses and “expect to be ignored”.

“Let’s face it, you’re gonna get some questions. Be patient and explain that Glass has a lot of the same features as a mobile phone (camera, maps, email, etc.).

“Also, develop your own etiquette. If you’re worried about someone interrupting that romantic dinner at a nice restaurant with a question about Glass, just take it off and put it around the back of your neck or in your bag.”

Google Glass is not available to the public yet but there was expected to be a limited commercial release of the glasses to US consumers on April 15, with the frames costing US$1500. There is no date for when it will be released in Australia.


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Post #2

A bit more 'stealth' than the prototype

Post #3

just wait 'til they have an eye overlay, similar to a contact lens.

Post #4

Alpharx, that just won't happen in general use, for many reasons, mostly legal.

Post #5

I'd agree, that there's an certain impracticability for people to need to dig around in their eye to add or remove the item.

but this is early terminator technology that we're talking about here. we need to implant things directly into the cornea in the long run.

I vote the other guy as a test mule. mamoru.gif

Post #6

Oh no, I think there is hug potential for GG in the future-both as it is and as an actual overlay. I just think that for a number of reasons it can NEVER gain popularity in the way that most people envisage-ie; in the general populace.
It has HUGE potential in industry-in fact we had an internal seminar last week regarding potential client applications.

Post #7

You mean like this?

Alpharx, that just won't happen in general use, for many reasons, mostly legal.

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Post #8

QUOTE (GETWHEEL! @ Apr 16 2014, 12:50 PM) *

yup, pretty much that, or similar. thumbsup.gif

Post #9

The tech is not impossible-it's the regulatory environment that will kill it for most uses. If the police are watching from 700m away to see if you are texting while driving, think they'll allow an eye tv?

Post #10

reminds me of mirrors on me shoes back in the day haha

Post #11

QUOTE (wolfman101 @ Apr 17 2014, 08:15 AM) *
The tech is not impossible-it's the regulatory environment that will kill it for most uses. If the police are watching from 700m away to see if you are texting while driving, think they'll allow an eye tv?

I think its a capture thing not a watch tv while you do other stuff

Post #12

Cool idea.. But do you really need something like this?

Post #13

do you really need a car that you can customize and break the speed limit in, or a stereo that loud etc

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