Google’s wearable computer eyewear, “which allows users to access the Internet, take photos and film short snippets, has been pre-emptively banned by a Seattle bar. Large parts of Las Vegas will not welcome wearers. West Virginia legislators tried to make it illegal to use the gadget, known as Google Glass, while driving,” David Streitfeld reports for The New York Times. “But the resistance is already under way.”
“‘This is just the beginning,’ said Timothy Toohey, a Los Angeles lawyer specializing in privacy issues. ‘Google Glass is going to cause quite a brawl,'” Streitfeld reports. “As personal technology becomes increasingly nimble and invisible, Glass is prompting questions of whether it will distract drivers, upend relationships and strip people of what little privacy they still have in public.”
Streitfeld reports, “‘We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues,’ said Courtney Hohne, a Google spokeswoman. Developers, however, are already cracking the limits of Glass. One created a small sensation in tech circles last week with a program that eliminated the need for gestures or voice commands. To snap a picture, all the user needs to do is wink… Google takes the attitude that people should have nothing to hide from intrusive technology. ‘If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,’ said Eric Schmidt, then Google’s chief executive, in 2009.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Why blow $1,500 on Google Glass when you can get “CREEPER” tattooed on your forehead for under $100?
Why Brin insists on being the poster child for Glass when they have King Creeper himself, Eric T. Mole, right there and ready to go is beyond us.
Just think how useful these would have been in Apple’s Board meetings during iPhone development! Android might have actually been good, instead of an insecure, fragmented mess that only really moves units when handset makers give away one or more units with every purchase.
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