Google Fights Back to Defend Google Glass Against 'Myths'

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-03-23 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"Myth 4: Glass is ready for prime time. Glass is a prototype, and our Explorers and the broader public are playing a critical role in how it's developed. In the last 11 months, we've had nine software updates and three hardware updates based, in part, on feedback from people like you. Ultimately, we hope even more feedback gets baked into a polished consumer product ahead of being released. And in the future, today's prototype may look as funny to us as that mobile phone from the mid-80s."

"Myth 5: Glass does facial recognition (and other dodgy things). Nope. That's not true. As we've said before, regardless of technological feasibility, we made the decision based on feedback not to release or even distribute facial-recognition Glassware unless we could properly address the many issues raised by that kind of feature. And just because a weird application is created, doesn't mean it'll get distributed in our MyGlass store. We manually approve all the apps that appear there and have several measures in place (from developer policies and screenlocks to warning interstitials) to help protect people's security on the device."

"Myth 6: Glass covers your eye(s). 'I can't imagine having a screen over one eye...' one expert said in a recent article. Before jumping to conclusions about Glass, have you actually tried it? The Glass screen is deliberately above the right eye, not in front or over it. It was designed this way because we understand the importance of making eye contact and looking up and engaging with the world, rather than down at your phone."

"Myth 7: Glass is the perfect surveillance device. If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass! Let's be honest: if someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there than one you wear conspicuously on your face and that lights up every time you give a voice command, or press a button."

"Myth 8: Glass is only for those privileged enough to afford it. The current prototype costs $1,500, and we realize that is out of the range of many people. But that doesn't mean the people who have it are wealthy and entitled. In some cases, their work has paid for it. Others have raised money on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And for some, it's been a gift."

"Myth 9: Glass is banned ... EVERYWHERE. Since cell phones came onto the scene, folks have been pretty good at creating etiquette and the requisite (and often necessary) bans around where someone can record (locker rooms, casino floors, etc.). Since Glass functionality mirrors the cell phones (down to the screen being off by default), the same rules apply. Just bear in mind, would-be banners: Glass can be attached to prescription lenses, so requiring Glass to be turned off is probably a lot safer than insisting people stumble about blindly in a locker room."



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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