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Deepvoid
02-24-2013, 09:38 PM
In case you haven't seen the video..

http://youtu.be/v1uyQZNg2vE

Looks pretty awesome, until you realize the price tag will most likely be above $1,000.
I haven't looked at all the features but I haven't seen anything mind blowing that would justify this price.
They are obviously looking at stealing GoPro's market share. Ut at this kinda price, I don't know what they can achieve.

Leviathant
02-24-2013, 09:48 PM
Currently the price is $1,500.00, and that's only if you win the contest to be eligible to buy them.

Fixer808
02-24-2013, 09:49 PM
It's going to revolutionize porn.

But yeah, GoPro cameras may be bulkier, but they're still cheaper, and the tech keeps getting smaller. So I'd still choose GoPro or something similar for less money.

DVYDRNS
02-24-2013, 09:57 PM
its not just a camera. its a heads up display. they claim the price point will be below 1500.

as an apple fan... everything i've read about google glass leads me to believe that Google will win the next round. Who cares about an iWatch... this is the future.

Fixer808
02-24-2013, 10:02 PM
Yeah, I watched the video, I got that. For one thing, I don't like the idea of drivers around me trying to watch the morning news on them as they're driving next to me.

Leviathant
02-24-2013, 10:22 PM
As one who walks to work every day, I can see the appeal of not having to look down at your phone to read a text or navigate. If someone gave me a pair, I'd happily beta test them, but I bought a Honda Accord for $500 once, and I cannot justify spending three times that on a first generation personal HUD

Harry Seaward
02-24-2013, 10:36 PM
Yeah, I watched the video, I got that. For one thing, I don't like the idea of drivers around me trying to watch the morning news on them as they're driving next to me.

"For one thing, I don't like the idea of the kids in their new-fangled automobiles speeding past my horse drawn carriage and causing wrecks!"

DVYDRNS
02-24-2013, 10:40 PM
I'd rather people drive with a heads up display rather than them staring at their phone and not the road.

Fixer808
02-24-2013, 10:53 PM
Ah yes, because I'm a very old man and the technological comparisons are accurate. And put on a pair of glasses and without moving your head look up and to the right. Just as distracting as looking down at a phone...

october_midnight
02-25-2013, 12:43 AM
I for one don't see the pressing need to have my own HUD. Unless it's going to show me how much ammo I have left or what my shields are lookin' like.

Fixer808
02-25-2013, 12:59 AM
It really has no purpose other than to be fancy. "Hey Google glasses, tell me how to get somewhere. Yeah, I know I could have looked it up last night but I couldn't afford to check Google maps because I spent an obscene amount of money on your goggles instead of an internet connection."

Jinsai
02-25-2013, 01:27 AM
and not to be negative, but wearing these things makes you a target for "kick my ass and steal my super expensive glasses" unless you exclusively wear them in a gated community.

DVYDRNS
02-25-2013, 01:40 AM
These are all really shitty reasons for not pursuing this technology.

themethatyouknow
02-25-2013, 02:07 AM
People using them while driving is a very good reason to not want these around. As for the others, not as much. But they are really great reasons not to spend $1500 on a 1st gen tech that will obviously be 30 times better at half the price once they work the bugs out in 2 years.

thelastdisciple
02-25-2013, 04:54 AM
Obviously lots of pros and cons but i find this kind of technology exciting yet scary at the same time.

Say this became a very successful project though and ended up mainstream enough, Google could partner with many different corporations and industries to help solve some of these societal things, for example lets say they hook up with the auto industry, i could see a work around for using the glasses while in a vehicle so as not to cause distracted driving. It could be some sort of tech developed that can cancel out the use of the hud while the car is moving, like some kind of sensor or frequency thing equivalent to an automatic door motion sensor or something, this could be similar where if you're parked it will somehow register and the HUD will turn back on... start moving anywhere and it shuts off.

I also thought of something else, now there are more privacy heavy places than others whether in the work place or job site, places where industrial espionage could even be possible. So what if maybe this sensor thing could be put to use for situations like that, certain zones where people's privacy should be respected and upheld you could have the HUDs automatically turn off when entering these zones and wouldn't turn back on until you left them. It'd be like gaining and losing cell phone reception in a way.

Another thing i thought of for those of us that need corrective lenses in order to see, maybe a work around could be a partnership with that industry to develop compatible lenses and architecture for any and all prescriptions. It would end up being something where you could just go straight in to lenscrafters or any place like that and pick up Google Glasses completely tailored for you even with consideration for left and right dominant eyes etc.

So many kinda sci-fi thoughts buzzing around in my head because of this....and I know I'm just getting carried away but whatever lol

Deepvoid
02-25-2013, 09:53 AM
I'm sure they would be illegal to use while driving, like cell phones (in my part of the world).

I agree that most features are either found on a GoPro (the camera aspect) and the rest is just not very useful or at least achievable with an iPad for a lot cheaper.
What if there's no free wifi where you are? The Glass will pretty much be a $1,500 camera.

I doubt the quality of the videos taken by the Glass. Look at screen captures 0:44 and 1:42. Looks pixelated as shit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh-liQDE3cM

thelastdisciple
02-25-2013, 10:16 AM
What if there's no free wifi where you are? The Glass will pretty much be a $1,500 camera.

I did read that it's supposed to have bluetooth though as well so you can tether it to your phone's wireless internet service.

Like i was pondering earlier about the future I am sure it would eventually end up having a data plan available for it and the ability to get 4G or otherwise.

Findus
02-27-2013, 06:59 PM
Some great comments below this article:
http://www.wired.com/business/2013/02/google-glass-at-ted/

thelastdisciple
02-27-2013, 11:53 PM
Yet those people to me just sound like they practically want to live in the bush completely cut off from the world.

True, the product runs the risk of turning people in to mindless zombies and cause social issues that smart phones already do.

Just have to use discretion and common decency like anything else so as not to be rude to the people you're with, not everyone who might be interested in these things is going to reduce themselves to ignoring the people right in front of them.

Cat Mom
02-28-2013, 07:28 AM
When I was young, I worked for a company that rented out cellular phones because nobody could afford to buy them. You had two choices: Motorola brick or bag and each cost $1,200 to purchase. I was in advertising and we had a hell of a time convincing people that cell phones were cool and useful.

Anyway, I've been wanting something like Google Glass for years. (Even more than a flying car with rocket launchers.) Not for any social media, but for access to information, anywhere, instantly. (My wish, actually, was for Google Search to be implanted in my brain with readout on a pair of glasses.)

Self.Destructive.Pattern
02-28-2013, 12:18 PM
Well, at least we will be able to read everyone's power levels when it arrives.

aggroculture
03-02-2013, 08:37 AM
http://gothamist.com/2013/03/01/a_peek_at_google_glass_nightmare_dy.php

Not convinced this is radically different from CCTV: it's more, but more of the same.

thelastdisciple
03-02-2013, 09:24 AM
^

That's why it got me thinking about specific places or zones where a sensor or something could completely shut them down, kinda like the loss of a cell phone signal but a bit more elaborate and obviously purposeful.

DigitalChaos
05-18-2013, 11:08 PM
I let my kid play with Glass a couple days ago. It's fun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWhwhMCVNQU

DigitalChaos
05-18-2013, 11:23 PM
When I was young, I worked for a company that rented out cellular phones because nobody could afford to buy them. You had two choices: Motorola brick or bag and each cost $1,200 to purchase. I was in advertising and we had a hell of a time convincing people that cell phones were cool and useful.

Anyway, I've been wanting something like Google Glass for years. (Even more than a flying car with rocket launchers.) Not for any social media, but for access to information, anywhere, instantly. (My wish, actually, was for Google Search to be implanted in my brain with readout on a pair of glasses.)
You will love Glass then. The price needs to come down, the quality up, and apps need to be created for it... but it has the potential. Watching the concepts and mockups for potential apps has gotten me pretty excited. The various shopping and cooking apps would be awesome (for instance).

Cat Mom
05-18-2013, 11:30 PM
THAT VIDEO IS AWESOME! I am jealous.

Your son is adorable.