Google fights glass backlash even before launch

“Google Glass isn’t even for sale yet, but it’s already facing backlash,” Steve Henn reports for NPR.

“There have been articles in the Atlantic and Wired mocking techies who have a pair, and even Saturday Night Live got in on the jabbing at the technology,” Henn reports. “The New York Times ran a front-page story about Google Glass and privacy, and the gadget has been banned from a bar in Seattle and casinos in Las Vegas.”

Henn reports, “But for the earnest Googlers who helped create Glass, and the enthusiastic techies who already have their hands on a pair, all this hate can be a little bewildering… Right now, Goggle Glass might be the world’s worst spy camera; if you go out in public with one on, you are guaranteed to attract attention. Still, the idea of techies mounting a tiny screen and a little camera to their faces makes millions of people uncomfortable. According to Sarah Rotman Epps, a tech analyst at Forrester Research, that is why Google is rolling out Glass to the world slowly in stages. ‘Google has been incredibly transparent… with their Glass rollout,’ Epps says. ‘They realize that Google Glass will require shifting social norms to be accepted.'”

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48 Comments

    1. This is what’s entertaining me about everyone freaking out about G.Glass. I would notice someone wearing that goofy “I’m a dork” G.Glass. I wouldn’t know someone was wearing a button camera.

      It’s also just as easy to turn on your iPhone 5’s video camera, or start a Facetime call, stick your iPhone in your shirt pocket so the lens is pointing out, and record everything that’s going on as you walk around. And that would be far less noticeable than G.Glass.

    2. At $230 a camera, the button camera is a bit expensive. But I get your point.

      For me, this is an argument against ALL public surveillance for the purpose of personal collection without public benefit. I don’t care if it’s Google Glass or a robot monkey on your shoulder. It’s all abusive of another person’s inane right to privacy and makes all users of this tech into peeping Toms, aka pervert creeps.

      At least Google Glass is clearly visible to anyone. So it’s one notch above pervert creepiness, but just one.

      IOW: Privacy has always, and will always be an innate right. Abusers are users are losers. Not acceptable.

      Then there are those public, government run public cameras. Can they be abused as well? Damn right! The UK London police have proved that by turning them OFF when they’re inconvenient to any publicly embarrassing pursuit they are following. In one case it was the illegal abuse of a Muslim they were following through the underground (aka subways).

      On the other hand, these cameras were brilliant at identifying and tracking down the recent Boston Marathon bomber scum (whom I personally believe were for real, as opposed to being just another FUD crime of our corrupt US government). Therefore, it’s another balance of benefit versus detriment.

          1. Damn! I’ll pay if you can get me one!

            It’s good to see that decent ale survives in the UK. I get shivers when I hear about and see Brits drinking Budweiser. Good lord, what has the mother country come to?! Real ale for me, thank you!

  1. Input is a huge problem for Glass. Voice doesn’t work in public. Therefore, it’s really bad at texting and writing Emails. It’s really bad at surfing the web too because you have to call out keywords. It’s bad at video (video glasses have been around forever and failed in the market). I could go on. Perhaps the nail in the coffin is that Glass is something needed IN ADDITION to your smartphone on your persons. So now you need another gadget to carry to do things worse than before?

    This might work for vertical markets but I am having trouble understanding how this will get any consumer adoption.

  2. I can see some serious trouble erupting here if people walk around with one of these. Try walking around and pointing a camera at people and see what reaction you get so to have someone being able to take a pic at any time without you knowing is going to create all sorts of hostility especially when a few drinks have been downed. Dirty old men will be at the front of the queue for these, so not sure how long the ‘cool’ image will last and the idea of turning everyone into voyeurs is my idea of the first step to science fiction hell.

  3. Invasion of privacy is a big deal. Safety is also a big deal. Having someone driving a car with these on will be a disaster waiting to happen.
    Video taping every where without anyone’s knowledge can also be a big deal.

  4. Not acceptable to have always on filming in public. Complete invasion of privacy. Being out in in public is not the same to consenting to your life being put on the Internet by a stranger.

  5. This horrible ‘invention’ isn’t just about privacy and related issues …

    It’s also about culture and good taste.

    I mean, if Steve was still with us, he’d be wearing his iconic and minimalist Lunor Classic Round Rimless Eyeglasses. And could you imagine him clamping the Google Hideousness onto his elegant spectacles? Er, no … he’d probably be bent over double in laughter, as are almost certainly all the folks at Apple.

    Google Glass is going to be a huge fail. They would have been better off waiting to see what Apple turn up with and copying it, as usual.

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