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Yet another Google Glasses Ad (tomscott.com)
95 points by jakozaur on Apr 5, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 20 comments

Somehow, everyone forgets this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx2L9g0reNo or this one caused by texting and driving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC85prQKFrU

It's possible that Project Glass glasses could obscure your vision or distract you, but somehow I don't think it's as bad as actually moving your entire visual field into your groin. Also, the software could help mitigate this issue by a) detecting when your speed (via GPS) is high and disabling any dialogs that overlay the center or b) just keeping most of the overlay up in your peripheral vision.

It is also unlikely these things will always be recording everything due to battery life alone. Best case, they sleep until woken up by notification, alarm, geo-fence, or some other sensor. But recording video non-stop? Maybe you'll get 1 hour of battery.

Most of the concerns I'm sure are being considered, as well as issues people haven't even raised, like long term biological effects. Google is not run by idiots.

Funny, but that's not how Google Glasses will work. The display doesn't seem to block your view at all.You just change your view to one angle for a moment, and then you can change it back in a fraction of a second, much like you would look into your car's mirror, and then back to the road in front of you.

That's actually a very smart implementation and solution, instead of putting a HUD interface over an entire lens, like we all thought these sort of glasses would work.

You're right about not blocking view, but what about attention?

The same that with smartphones, tablets, TVs and billboards.

What about the voice recognition? How can the glasses understand if you are giving a command or talking to somebody else?

The technology is awesome but the commercial I saw yesterday doesn't do it justice.

Show someone repairing a car and the glasses display vital information while both hands are somewhere on the engine or show someone cooking a meal while a chef from the other part of the world is watching and giving advice. You are on holiday in a country you don't speak the langugage of and the car breaks down, you say "find me the nearest mechanic" and you stream live to a garage where someone sees what you are seeing and sends help with minimal "conversation"

This video raises an interesting point in regards to the law enforcement potential.

It gives new meaning to "if you see something, say something". Or, "if you see something, just keep looking at it, and an agent (robot?) will be automatically dispatched".

If these glasses become pervasive enough in our society, not wearing them will brand you as suspicious.

Couldn't the same argument have been had with mobile phones a couple of decades ago, or even still now? They can be tracked, so not owning a mobile will brand you as suspicious?

One could make the argument that we're moving down that path. Ever heard a conversation with someone who doesn't have a mobile phone? People can't believe why someone wouldn't have a cell phone. Pay phones are gone, emergency call boxes on the highways are gone. If you don't have a cell phone, you can't reach emergency services in many areas of travel. If you're not able to be in constant contact, people get suspicious.

It's a far cry from being officially branded as a person of interest, but if you don't have a mobile phone, you're out of mainstream society.

There's a big difference between "he doesn't want to be contactable 24/7, how odd" and "that's suspicious behaviour", though.

A point I called out. What I was trying to do was make an argument that we may have begun our journey to "if you don't have a cell phone, you're suspicious". How long until someone could use their GPS tracking data and witnesses on the other end of the phone as an alibi to prove their innocence when the prosecution has a case that says otherwise, except they don't have a mobile phone?

Slipper slopes aren't always that slippery, but sometimes they are. It's just a possibility, and possibilities are fun to think about.

> "if you see something, just keep looking at it, and an agent (robot?) will be automatically dispatched".

Woah! Matrix takes this one step forward where the agent takes your body! Interesting idea.

It is a plot by the Cybermen to take over and you WILL be upgraded.

I'm now curious how many people's last moments will be caught by these devices? How long until police brutality is caught by them? Would they upload instantly like video from my phone to G+?

The potential is that of cellphones to an even greater power.

I can't help but fear it will fail and be considered taboo for years.

Charlie Brooker's "The Entire History of You" from his "Black Mirror" miniseries (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror_%28TV_series%29#3...) covers this: people are fitted with "grains" that record their entire lives and can be played back at will.

There are obviously privacy questions around anything like that, but personally I'd kill to be able to play back parts of my life.

As much as it sounds like a great idea, I think it would spoil the rose-tinted spectacles effect of memory. You'd be faced with the reality things might not have been as great as you thought.

I think if I watched everything there would certainly be things that make me think "wow, was I that much of a dick?", and hopefully other things that I'd be proud of and had forgotten.

But really I want the ability to better re-visit a fairly small number of specific memories, ones that I'm pretty confident I remember the emotions and what happened well, just wish I could see them better.

This was a terrible attempt at a joke - it wasn't even given much thought or effort at all. Yet this garbage video makes it to page one on hacker news? Pathetic.

Watch it again. It's hilarious.

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