back to article Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Seldom has a device been so reviled and praised at the same time. But is Google Glass the future of wearable connectivity or simply the toy of the self-appointed tech elite? Is it perhaps something in between? I’m by no means an early adopter of gadgetry. I buy kit only when can I see a clear use for it and I don’t …

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I know it's early, so maybe it's just me, but 3 pages all reading exactly the same?

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Let's see...

A pair of glasses that gives you instant access to a whole library of skills, experience and knowledge.

Joe 90 for the WIN.

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I think there's a fair gap between uploading skills to your brain, and being able to read a wikipedia page about an activity. Still, it's a start.

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But now you CAN check out 6502 assembly code at will while running down the street pursuing Sarah Connor a would-be Jihadi who disengaged from British society.

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Agreed. But wait until someone creates a Youtube 'How To' using Glass and you follow along wearing Glass.

I'll be doing brain surgery in less than a week.

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I'll be doing brain surgery in less than a week.

"Align the cross marks with the patient's subdural hemiotrophic epicyclic complex.

Confirm that you are standing on the patient's left, looking towards their feet.

Make a shallow incision along the green dotted line.

Be ready to quickly... Buffering 10% 20%..."

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Now you're scrambling my head. Is there a YouTube How To Use Google Glass which you can view on Google Glass?

And on the Joe 90 front... IIRC the first "brain dump" Joe got was of his father's own knowledge and experience... so wouldn't that mean he gained the memory of doing his own mother? Sick! And in a later episode, he brain raped his father's girlfriend to see if she was a spy. That poor kid's going to need a psychiatrist. Or do they just download one into his brain to fix it from the inside?

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A pair of glasses that gives you instant access to a whole library of skills, experience and knowledge.

.. and at the same time carefully charts your entire life, right up to what your kids look like when you give them a bath - until the Met Police needs another easy win for its child porn arrest statistics. OK, I'm exaggerating here but you ARE giving permission to an entirely untrustworthy party to invade your life to a degree it never achieved before, and by carrying this thing around you're doing this to others too without their permission - hence the potential for serious objections.

In that context (from the article):

nobody so much as raised an eyebrow bar a chirpy lass in the Apple Store who asked what I thought of it. I’m beginning to suspect this whole "glasshole" brouhaha is little more than a media invention.

That's because most people don't even have an *idea* of how deep Glassholes can rip into their privacy - just as most average end user has no idea just how much they are taken for a ride by companies like Google when they proclaim their services as "free". The more this product spreads, the more this will become clear, and at that point I would like to see them try again.

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Joe was adopted.

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Joe was adopted

That explains why the professor was willing to let him climb a 1000ft transmitter mast, cheek the Ruskies, go scuba diving in enemy waters, defuse a bomb etc etc.

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Actually, the brain dumps were made by the BIGRAT, and the glasses only worked to allow Joe's memory to retain the "dump". As soon as he took the glasses out, there it went all the alien knowledge.

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It's actually nice to read a review that didn't just jump on the usual sensationalist horseshit we have had to suffer.

Glass isn't designed to be used 24x7, just like your Bluetooth headset for your phone isn't either. Both make you look a dickhead if you use it when doing the shopping.

It's a shame that other reviewers don't grasp this quite simple concept.

I can think of ALOT of uses for glass, and many of them are niche, but if the price drops to £300 ish, then I would consider buying one. For example you can get Ski Goggles with LESS functionality that this that cost quite alot more, and are JUST ski goggles.

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> Both make you look a dickhead if you use it when doing the shopping.

I'm sure people said exactly the same thing about mobiles once. And further back about framed lenses that you could put on your nose.

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Heads-up navigating while driving, where's the nearest (loo, gas station, Chinese restaurant, etc.), fun for architecture buffs or museum-goers, plus useful for, say, skills like changing a tire or learning a language. Oh,and I WOULD use it while shopping, for my list and where to find it in the store, plus calculating total I'm spending. Yup, expensive,but I'm not an early adopter, so will look at it when the price drops.

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I can think of ALOT of uses for glass

I can think of one: it could notice when someone types "ALOT" and inform them that the Alot is better than you at everything.

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I'll be doing brain surgery in less than a week.

So? I can do brain surgery now, and I don't even have Glass.1

1Desired patient outcome may not occur.

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Battery Life

Why don't they just stick a 2nd battery on the other arm? It would double the battery life and fix the aesthetic (and physical) imbalance in one go.

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or make a google hat which contains a massive battery that you connect to your google glass.

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"or make a google hat which contains a massive battery that you connect to your google glass."

Well, as glasshole has made it into the vernacular, I'm guessing that would be known as a 'massive asshat'...

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A roll of AA's inserted anally...

Or for the extreme user, a couple of lantern batteries.

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The title is too long

"If you don’t use Gmail, don’t have your contacts in Google and don't store your music on Google Play, there is arguably little point in buying Glass."

Should start the review with that.

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I don't have any Apple devices and haven't purchased anything in iTunes, should I buy an iWatch?

I think the review nails it; a friend has the Glass (academic discounts FTW) and it's a nice piece of kit with a tiny, specialist use case. I cannot justify buying one myself because I'm also not invested in the Google ecosystem (never mind the current asking price), but they jumped at the chance.

It is cool to play with for one for 5 minutes or so though :)

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"Should start the review with that."

And end it there, too.

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Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

"As for the potential for getting punched on the nose if you walk into a bar wearing Glass... well, idiots get thumped all the time for lesser reasons and anyone who shows such a staggering lack of social grace will get no sympathy for me."

.......if you did walk into a bar with a camera and start photographing perfect strangers without their say-so that is very like what would happen. When equipped as a glasshole however a certain type is going to assume that:

A. He cannot see whether you are using the camera or not.

B. He will then insist that you take them off so that you couldn't take any.

C. He will then thump you if/when you refuse.

The old tradition (from a very long time ago) that it is unfair to hit someone wearing glasses will take on a whole new meaning in as much as those wearing glasses will be considered to be fair game in certain circles.

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Really? You must go to some pretty crappy bars then. I see people taking smartphone pics all the time even in bars, capturing at least a dozen 'strangers' in the process of taking their selfie.

The bar itself is almost definitely fitted with CCTV recording absolutely everyone who walks in.

The idea that someone who wears Glass is going to walk up to you, look at you and take your picture (just for giggles) is ridiculous. If you think that you are so photo-worthy or paranoid that everyone wants to take a picture of your mug you also probably shouldn't be roaming the streets alone. It would be as mad as a stranger walking up to you and asking "can I take your photo", it just isn't going to happen - why would they, why would you think they would?

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I think the rule is that it's unfair to hit someone who *needs* to wear glasses. I think hitting someone who wears glasses for no reason other than fashion has always been obligatory.

(This still applies to Google Glass, since as the reviewer points out, their practical use is near nil. People only wear them as an attention-seeking device.)

@AC: You know perfectly well that there is a difference between someone taking a picture on their smartphone in which you are an irrelevant part of the background, and someone walking up to you, holding a camera in your face and deliberately recording everything you say and do. This is what someone who does not remove their Google Glasses is doing.

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Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

"This is what someone who does not remove their Google Glasses is doing."

Seriously?

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I'm not sure people would thump you in reality, although as you have set the location to be a bar who knows what people will do when they've been drinking.

There is a guy in America who gets someone to film him as he walks through Da Hood filming strangers. Predictably they mostly do all get immediately violent, some of them even pulling guns. I prefer to think UK bods would be a bit more like "now look here old chap".

Regardless, I think if you actually did thump someone merely on the grounds that they might have been filming you then you would be getting your collar felt shortly afterwards.

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Re: does not remove their Google Glasses is doing." Seriously?

Potentially.

But the privacy issues for the poor wearer (the real victim) are worse.

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"The old tradition (from a very long time ago) that it is unfair to hit someone wearing glasses will take on a whole new meaning in as much as those wearing glasses will be considered to be fair game in certain circles."

What a twuntish statement.

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Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

"I'm not sure people would thump you in reality"

I have a feeling people will get punched, and for wearing glass - but not for privacy reasons.

There's going to be quite a lot of mugging victims when you're wearing something on your head as expensive as a high end smartphone for all to see - and it stands out.

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Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

Easy. Don't go to the type of bars where people find thumping strangers fun. I doubt that would restrict my choice of bars because why would you go somewhere like that anyway?

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"Seriously?"

Yes, seriously. You always treat a gun as if it's loaded. You always treat a microphone, a tape recorder or a video camera as if it's recording. Even if you've been told it's off. Those who forget this rule end up on YouTube and in the dole queue. Or in the Darwin Awards, in the case of the gun.

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Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

"It would be as mad as a stranger walking up to you and asking "can I take your photo", it just isn't going to happen"

About as mad as being paranoid that lamp posts would want your picture, eh?

And yet, there the cameras are.

And like the lamppost. it isn't the person wearing the glass that's the problem, it's who's monitoring at the other end.

Disclaimer: I wasn't born paranoid, but recent events show it's the best policy.

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> Don't go to the type of bars where people find thumping strangers fun. I doubt that would restrict my choice of bars because why would you go somewhere like that anyway?

"To thump strangers", said the sadist.

--To be thumped by strangers!!--interjected the masochist.

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Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

I take lots of photographs on my travels to various cities around the world - with a rather conspicuous camera. Over many years I have found that most people just smile, even if they are not the subject of the photo. A few act up for the camera (a large proportion but not all seem to be inebriated). A small minority ask questions about my interest, so I show them photos I have been taking, and the only objections I have received are from people involved in criminal activities - the last case was a young man stealing metal from a recycling bin in Skopje, Macedonia.

What would be really cool with google glass would be a second camera that photographed your eyeball to determine what you are looking at. Many years ago I helped a market research company purchase an eye-mark camera. An interesting and seriously expensive piece of kit costing £33,000 in 1990's money.

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The conversation would most likely start with "Oy, What are looking at?", to which the only honest reply would be "Well, everything actually".

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"This is what someone who does not remove their Google Glasses is doing."

Seriously?

Nah. Being hipsters, they'll be doing it ironically.

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Non-optional spannerisation...

"Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner"

Nah, sorry. You'll still look like a complete spanner.

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You may be right, and sadly it's nothing to do with Glass.

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GG is not for me, but the "pub finder" app has promise.

// also, the photo of the star chart app is simply brilliant

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Nice article - thanks

Precisely what I wanted to know about glass and the 'in use' photos completed the picture. I look forward to being able to sleep at night with that out of the way.

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So, how long before the 3D version comes out?

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I wasn't impressed

My office has them, had a play over the recent long weekend, and despite my being a complete google fanboy, they were much less impressive than I had hoped.

They did very little that my pebble doesn't do, except the pictures. Sadly as alluded to in the article, these aren't great. The navigation was a nice touch, but the voice recognition was terrible compared to my Nexus 4. Conversely I found battery life to be quite decent when integrated with my general working day, but I was never able to dismiss the overlay of the prism from my vision, it was very annoying.

General view for me was, it's fantastic for taking bad pictures quickly.

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Be nice if Apple had a go at some of these

Apple-free household, but it would be good to see what Apple could do to the aesthetics of these. Not sure if they''d just make 'looking like a spanner' fashionable, or if they could actually make them look sensible in their own right.

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Sadly, I suspect until Apple make some, then the press will continue to push the glasshole hate on the product, ensuring sheep also jump on that bandwagon.

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would be nice to have but not necessary just yet,

Kudos to the music selection Crisis is one of my fave albums...

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Does Crises come pre-loaded?

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trolls are like onions

So, I started correcting the spelling of "Crises" and almost submitted before I saw through the second layer.

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I never much cared for Shadow on the Wall or much of Oldfield's Crises era output. Give me Ommadawn or Platinum any day.

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