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Ever since Google revealed its Glass tech specs, the more enthusiastic members of the technological commentariat declared that we are only weeks away from devices that not only calculate just how much of that Ben & Jerry's triple-cream treacle fudge delight you just ate, but can also figure out its impact on your cholesterol …

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Google Glass: Strictly for

Pervs and/or GCHQ/NSA.

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Re: Google Glass: Strictly for

Then you are one of the plebs that simply don't get it.

Where much media focus has been put on the camera in Google Glass, it's not it's primary function, that is the HUD, that's what makes Glass unique.

Spy-wise, Google Glass doesn't offer anything that's not already out there, and not already in a billion people's pockets..

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Re: Google Glass: Strictly for

"Spy-wise, Google Glass doesn't offer anything that's not already out there, and not already in a billion people's pockets.."

Difference is that cameras in a billion pockets will sit there taking photos of keys, loose change and snot rags. Millions of cameras on peoples heads? Now that's a surveillance solution to make any secret policeman swoon.

The HUD? Well, the Gestapo/KGB/SMERSH etc won't care about that - it's secondary to them.

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Watch or wristband = wearables.

Glass = dorkables.

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So what exactly is a casio calculator watch, or even a modern smart watch? Pretty dorkable I'd say.

Actually I'm quickly coming to like term. It almost makes me want a Glass so I can refer to it as such.

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Speech recognition

It's tuned for American English, which is why it's so terrible. I tried adding "y'all" after "Go glass" but that didn't seem to help.

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Re: Speech recognition

try "Go go gadget GLASS!" but only if you are wearing a fedora and brown trench coat.

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Re: Speech recognition

I suspect its a temporary problem as well. once it has a internet connection I would expect it to work the same as Google Now on the Nexus's - which works brilliantly on my N5.

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Re: Speech recognition

Why do you have to say "Go Glass" in order to get a menu up, that you move through by stroking a touch pad on the side of the device anyway? Why not just tap the touchpad to get the menu?

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Lexical extension

Glasshole! Genius!!!

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Re: Lexical extension

Glasshole is in the common vernacular.

Glasticle works, too.

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@Jake Re: Lexical extension

"Glasticle" is sexist.

There are women in IT. ;-)

But then again, if Bikini Babe Kate Upton was walking down the street in a sexy outfit, wearing a pair of Google Glass, what would you call her?

Or rather more to the point, would you even notice that she was wearing a pair of glasses?

(and on that note. I am being sexist! But did you see the vid of her in the Vomit Comet?)

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@ Ian Michael Gumby (was: Re: @Jake Lexical extension)

a) My wife looks much better (to me!) than any so-called "bikini babe". If I even noticed the bint strolling Sonona's Plaza, I'd probably point & giggle at the idiot for wearing inappropriate clothing & shoes.

b) I wouldn't actually look all that closely. Air-head bimbos aren't worth the effort.

c) it's "glass" not "glasses". Singular. It's not binocular. Yet.

d) No. I couldn't care too much less about celebretards trying to pad their resume with purchased thrill-rides.

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"glass" is a useless bit of kit.

Unless you are a multi-billion-dollar international marketing organization attempting to harvest the data provided by clueless idiot fanbois to pay off the shareholders.

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Re: "glass" is a useless bit of kit.

Bingo.

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Re: "glass" is a useless bit of kit.

Don't tell me Jake. You were one of the explorers who first got to make use of one which allowed you to form that opinion? Or maybe even you invented a similar device which Google stole the idea from?

Or maybe you have never actually used it?

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Re: "glass" is a useless bit of kit.

you don't know Jake do you? he made one of these when he was like 9 in his own forge

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Re: "glass" is a useless bit of kit.

Google DID steal the idea. Ever seen "Appleseed - Deus Ex Machina"? It's an animated movie (the newer version) in which an entire population is wearing glasses with similar functionality. Some anime freak (like me) at Google, probably watched it once and then "dreamed" up the idea, sold it to the management and BINGO - 3 years later here it is...

As Glass is right now, yes - it's useless - but it won't be for long. Wait another couple of years when it starts to move into mainstream sales and then you'll see interesting changes, as well as competition,

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Re: "glass" is a useless bit of kit.

lots and lots of products are "stolen" from sci-fi

I don't think anyone really begrudges them it. If you invented a warp drive back in the day i highly doubt gene roddenberry would have given a damn as long as he could get a go

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Paris Hilton

Did anyone else comment on your wearing of them?

Genuine curiousity here, though obviously if said comment involved vulgar abuse that would be even funnier.

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Solid day of use?

If the battery's anything like that on my Android phone, not going to happen!

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Re: Solid day of use?

You mean that phone with the big colourful screen that drains the battery if you keep the screen on all the time, but will last a day if you don't keep the screen on for extended periods of time ...?

It's not like that Android phone, no. The one with the big colourful battery-draining screen.

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Re: Solid day of use?

Glasses are much smaller than an Android phone... One thing I don't know is if the battery is contained within the Glass unit or if you need to carry a separate battery pack?

If the battery is contained within glass I see no reason to assume it will last all day without charging, especially if you are using bluetooth.

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Blind spot to the right?

Is the vision obscured at all?

Accidents waiting to happen?

Glasshole falls down manhole!

Or does it come with a collision avoidance system?

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Glasshole

The "GL" sound is silent, as in "Twat"

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Re: Glasshole

Eh, there is no GL in Twat? Or did you mean as in Gltwat?

Or did you completely not get why the phrase Glasshole was coined and you are trying to explain the 'joke'?

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Re: Glasshole

The P is also silent as in swimming...

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Re: Glasshole

But not like the Q in Tesco

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Isn't is 'advertised' as a platform rather than a finished product anyway? Certainly my impression is this is just a development platform, and not on sale to the general public.

Google would do well to change the name of it though - too many knob-ends think glasshole is oh so witty.

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I actually came up with a genuine business use for this the other day

On Monday, I had to visit a venue to assess it's suitability for an event I'm planning. Part of the time, I run a business putting on cabaret shows with a partner who happens to be based the other side of the country. It occurred to me while I was being shown around the venue, discussing details and terms with the owner and shooting some pictures for reference, that being able to do the whole thing without having to physically hold a device such as a camera or phone, and also being online the whole time with my remote partner so he could also take an active part in the meeting, would have been extremely useful.

As it stands, I can't think of any existing technology which would be as convenient, unobtrusive and effective for this particular task.

It's a start...

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Re: I actually came up with a genuine business use for this the other day

Except, of couse they would be verboten tech in public dispays of anything because you might be stealing their 'art' from them.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/21/google-glass-arrested-movie-theater/

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The unfortunate thing about glass is that...

Had you left the venue, someone probably would have punched you. I am not saying that they would have been justified in doing so mind you. But it would be a bit like travelling home from a comic conference, on the tube, at pub closing time, wearing your superman costume, at the age of 40.

It is those kind of people who will consider wearing glass in public.

Everyone else, without Asperger's type traits, will have more personal dignity and will probably avoid glass

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Re: The unfortunate thing about glass is that...

For your personal narrow definition of "dignity".

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Re: The unfortunate thing about glass is that...

Times change: 15 years ago I remember using my mobile phone in the supermarket to check something with my other half, and feeling VERY self-conscious about it! Now people wander around pretty much everywhere with mobies stuck to their ears, or sometimes BT earpieces in, without a second thought.

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Re: The unfortunate thing about glass is that...

Going back a (good) few years, I can remember that being the exact reaction some folks had when people began using mobile phones in the street. Doesn't seem to have stopped them catching on though, does it?

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Re: The unfortunate thing about glass is that...

Going back a (good) few years, I can remember that being the exact reaction some folks had when people began using mobile phones in the street. Doesn't seem to have stopped them catching on though, does it?

BTW, if the events you describe had actually happened.I would have no problem defending myself, either. i.e. decking whichever self-important prick thought it was any of their business if I choose to wear such a device in a public place.

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@Spearchucker Jones

You were trying the wrong American dialect. Google and its Glass are from California.

The universal dialect for California, at least for younger members of the distaff crowd, is ValSpeak, like, you know. I have even heard that it is spreading across the country among young fems.

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Re: Speech Recognition

"OMG, I was like, Glass?"

I think even Google Glass would be embarrassed to respond to that.

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Like, gag me with a spoon.

"I have even heard that it is spreading across the country among young fems."

That is so grody. Like, grody To The Max.

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Re: Like, gag me with a spoon.

Like, Hashtag grody, right?

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Re: Like, gag me with a spoon.

The San Fernando Valley is hundreds of miles south of SillyConValley.

Frank Zappa & his daughter mocked the "Val" concept in 1982. Not long after the IBM 5150 was released into the wild ...

Do learn your memes, and your history. Ta.

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I'm not letting Motorola scan MY ring!

Alien probes only.

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Re: I'm not letting Motorola scan MY ring!

I doubt you will want to considering their price, although I have supplied said devices no-one uses them as they prefer guns.

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Re: I'm not letting Motorola scan MY ring!

"devices like the RS409 Ring Scanner (depicted in this video)"

An up vote for beating me to it!

Just a thought but if glassholery takes off in a big way, what happens when a crowd of glassholes get turned on by one wearer shouting 'OK glass!', or will wearers have their own switch code? In which case there will be numerous members of the public apparently suffering from Tourettes syndrome.

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Re: I'm not letting Motorola scan MY ring!

I doubt you will want to considering their price, although I have supplied said devices no-one uses them as they prefer guns.

What a dilemma for the Rapper about town, who wishes to do a drive-by barcode scanning. Does he for the bling ring, or the big gun?

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Nothing to do with glassholes

Are you related to Andy Zaltsman?

That is all.

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Why are there so many Luddites on the Reg forums?

Why are people trying to kill this before it's been given a chance?

I can think of countless situations where Glass would be useful. This is a bit of interesting tech and chances are Google won't be the company to get the most out of it, leaving a void for either a competitor or a new starter to push it further. This could go somewhere interesting and perhaps leed to a truly useful gadget.

Those that think it will be used for unsavory activities are absolutely right. It will be. But so are all other technologies. Cameras are everywhere, there is no real escape from them. Home computing also is a key area where nefarious BS takes place. Having something visible on your head that people can see from a mile off isnt being sneaky to me. I'm sure people if asked would remove them just the same as with camera's and mobile's. The threat's to violence is the reason for my Luddite comment. Seriously? you would punch a fellow human being on the off chance they might be filming you?

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Re: Why are there so many Luddites on the Reg forums?

Having played with this stuff, people want their real Planet Earth lives back.

In the past, for the most part, our technology was limited and that prevented it from interfering in our real lives. Now the technological limitations are either gone or are going at a remarkable rate. Society has to develop etiquet to deal with technology, and that takes time.

After a few months of Facebook, many people realise this is cutting into their real socialising - a few mates in a pub having a couple of beers and a bit of banter. Even that is not what it used to be with constant texting and any decent discussion being wrecked by people looking up what Wikipedia has to say on the subject.

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Re: Why are there so many Luddites on the Reg forums?

"...the same as with camera's and mobile's. The threat's to violence..."

Maybe it's sublimated ANNOYANCE at INCORRECT PUNCTUATION. When did all terminal esses suddenly acquire an apostrophe? More to the point, WHY oh please God WHY...

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Glassholes are

Precious

Entitled

Narcissistic

Indulgent

Socipaths

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