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He said the device can be inappropriate at times

Google's Eric Schmidt admitted that his company's new glasses may not be appropriate in all situations, and that talking to them can even be a little "weird."

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that talking to Google Glass, the company's latest augmented-reality glasses, is "the weirdest thing" while speaking to Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on Thursday.

"There are obviously places where Google Glasses are inappropriate," said Schmidt, referring to the fact that only those wearing the glasses can see presented information.

While it can be annoying to spend time with a person who keeps their face buried in their smartphone or seemingly talking to themselves via Bluetooth, Google Glass could be considered rude in common settings. For instance, two people could be engaging in conversation and making eye contact, but the Google Glass wearer could actually be looking at information presented on their glasses.

Talking out loud to Google Glass in certain settings could be rude and confusing to others, as well.

Google Glass is being offered to early adopters right now for a steep price of $1,500.

While Schmidt thinks Google Glass can be a bit weird, Google co-founder Sergey Brin feels the exact opposite. At the TED stage in February, Brin said that Google Glass was the way we're meant to react with other people. 

"When we started Google 15 years ago, my vision was that information would come to you as you need it," said Brin. "You wouldn't have to search query at all."

Source: Reuters

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Birth Control Glasses
By djcameron on 4/26/2013 4:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
Folks, This is pure dorkwear. Hot women will not come anywhere near you if you wear these things.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Motoman on 4/26/2013 4:49:39 PM , Rating: 5
So...for the vast majority of the nerds who read difference then?

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Apone on 4/26/2013 5:05:18 PM , Rating: 1
@ djcameron and Motoman

Yeah I think it's just as (if not more) dorky as someone who sports an iPad as a fashion accessory when going out to a non-computing social event like at the movie theater, dinner at a restaurant, meeting for drinks with friends at a bar, etc. At least Google Glass is new so wearing it might intrigue and attract hot chicks (aka Spartan Phalanx) which presents an opportunity to strike up a conversation and get a phone number.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Solandri on 4/26/2013 5:46:32 PM , Rating: 4
In the 1980s, my friends considered me a dork because I kept trying to get them to use email and this thing called the Internet. By 2000, all the cool kids had email addresses, and you were an outcast living under a rock if you hadn't heard of the Internet.

Not saying that will happen to Glass. But just because something seems dorky now doesn't mean it'll remain that way.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Apone on 4/26/2013 6:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
But just because something seems dorky now doesn't mean it'll remain that way.

- I absolutely agree and that's what I was basically saying in my previous post. I used to be called a "dork" and "geek" (which I proudly embrace) just because I have my notebook as part of my "must-have" gear in my daily commuter pack (just in case I need to kill some time or get some work done).

- Unfortunately, the hypocrisy continues as I know people who call laptop toters "geeks" but quickly develop separation anxiety heaven forbid they find themselves in the real world without their fashion accessory iPads.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By skyward on 4/26/2013 11:07:37 PM , Rating: 1
While email have been around since the 80's, Glasses have been around for much longer. They are dork back then and is still dork today and will be in the future. This is why we have contact lenese nowadays.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Paj on 4/29/2013 8:10:24 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I guess that's why the world's most successful designers don't make glasses. Oh wait.

Glasses might have been dorky in 80s teen movies, but they definitely arent now. Theyre a fashion item. Sure, you can still get dorky styles, but some of them are awesome and make just about anyone look good.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By BRB29 on 4/29/2013 8:42:40 AM , Rating: 2
Glasses are in now. Even rappers sport fake dork glasses. Smart is the new cool. I don't see these google glasses having any social issues.
The only issue is already said and it's the whole talking thing. It's just weird standing next to someone talking on blue tooth or when a stranger on bluetooth seems like he's talking to you. It really creeps me out sometimes.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By RufusM on 4/29/2013 8:56:14 AM , Rating: 2
Gotta give Google credit for trying to make them look cool. They have been working on the "cool factor" for the past year by having Google Glass make appearances at various high profile parties and events and whatnot.

Wearable computing will be a big deal even if Google Glass doesn't the big jump starter for it. The younger crowd usually has a much higher acceptance rate for change and, let's face it, they are the ones who will be driving the market for these things.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By BRB29 on 4/29/2013 10:39:28 AM , Rating: 1
it will be a big deal when they can put it on regular glasses. Visor looking things will not be an appropriate look for many places that you actually need the thing.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By delphinus100 on 4/29/2013 10:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
Glasses have been around for much longer. They are dork back then and is still dork today and will be in the future.

Unless, of course, they're sunglasses...

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By bug77 on 4/27/2013 8:44:17 AM , Rating: 2
In the 80s, the Internet was a dorky thing. Think about it: archie, gopher, veronica, lynx... Way too much grey matter involved.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By djcameron on 4/27/2013 1:33:42 PM , Rating: 1
Uh, no. It won't intrigue hot chicks. I showed a picture to my girlfriend, and she laughed.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By seamonkey79 on 4/28/2013 2:17:56 PM , Rating: 2
How does that help the case against?

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By umbiquous on 5/1/2013 6:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
With the advent of open facial recognition with Google i can see trolls getting all the details they would ever need about someone while they are talking to them, secret gesture control is the future here.

Imagine talking to someone and having all their interests and details clearly visible to you, without them even knowing.

Google Glass could be the tool the nerds have needed to bag those hot chicks, ..... now it is just a matter of getting over the clumsy conversations, but i bet there will be an app for that.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By nafhan on 4/26/2013 6:12:32 PM , Rating: 5
Life tip: pursuing women who strongly dislike your interests WILL leave you miserable in the long run. Trying to change yourself to meet people will just make it so you meet people you don't really like being with.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Lord 666 on 4/26/13, Rating: 0
RE: Birth Control Glasses
By shabby on 4/27/2013 10:41:20 PM , Rating: 3
Lets hope her finger doesn't slip by "accident" at the range...

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Paj on 4/29/2013 8:16:04 AM , Rating: 1
At true master is secure enough in themselves that they don't feel the need to mold anyone to anything.

Obviously I dont know either of you, but maybe your wife just wants you to be happy.

Shame that you cant seem to do the same for her.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By BRB29 on 4/29/13, Rating: 0
RE: Birth Control Glasses
By djcameron on 4/27/2013 1:36:43 PM , Rating: 3
Yep, and others won't like it if you're wearing these things and they're wondering if you're paying attention, or surfing porn.
Note to nerds: Women like it when you pay them attention. Anything that you have on you that might distract said attention will be considered a huge negative.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By inighthawki on 4/27/2013 4:30:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm actually wondering why this got rated down, it's very true. People like when they know you're paying attention to them, especially women.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By nafhan on 4/29/2013 10:33:16 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Ignoring people is NOT a good way to make or maintain a relationship.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By umbiquous on 5/1/2013 6:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
It is not about the time spent sharing interests , the nerds are only after one thing,.... to lose their virginity, who needs conversation other than that necessary to get the hot chicks to take your virginity.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By althaz on 4/27/2013 1:52:44 AM , Rating: 2
You clearly don't know anything about women. They actually don't care how nerdy you are (at least the ones worth knowing don't).

Being so embarrassed by your dorkiness is what turns girls off, not the actual act of being a geek :).

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Reclaimer77 on 4/27/2013 9:15:20 AM , Rating: 2
Well since we're using silly stereotypes, "hot women" will know you're someone who can spending outrageous money for eye wear. And will be attracted to you :)

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By Omega215D on 4/27/2013 11:00:53 PM , Rating: 2
Surprisingly enough more smart/ geeky girls are pretty hot or more hot girls are interested in geeky/ dorky stuff in this day and age. Sure, it may not be the majority of them but I wouldn't want airheaded dimwits regardless.

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By nikon133 on 4/28/2013 6:33:02 PM , Rating: 2
Um... a few years back, smarphones were nerdy. Go back further, PCs and laptops were nerdy. I'd expect these glasses to be fine in 5 years or so. Maybe a decade?

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By boobo on 4/28/2013 9:37:49 PM , Rating: 2
What if you are a hot woman? How will wearing them affect you then?

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By dijuremo on 4/29/2013 11:31:51 AM , Rating: 2
But you know dorks will use it to their advantage...

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By SAN-Man on 4/30/2013 11:52:00 AM , Rating: 2
They said the same thing about pants...

RE: Birth Control Glasses
By kyleb2112 on 5/3/2013 4:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
I've got so many hot women I can spare a few.

By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 3:39:23 PM , Rating: 5
A hawt chic is wearing it! Here's $1500. Take my money now!

RE: Cool!
By Motoman on 4/26/2013 4:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
With the $1500 I get to make the sex with her, yes?

RE: Cool!
By retrospooty on 4/26/2013 4:19:29 PM , Rating: 5
in soviet Russia, glasses make sex with you!

RE: Cool!
By Ticholo on 4/26/2013 4:21:54 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Cool!
By TSS on 4/26/2013 7:24:15 PM , Rating: 4
I wonder how many men will get caught watching porn in public places on their google glasses.

Makes getting caught in your private moments alot more secure though. Yes, i was looking at just regular run of the mill sluts. What? Browser history? sorry seems to be empty, here take a look.

RE: Cool!
By Lord 666 on 4/26/2013 10:55:05 PM , Rating: 2
Which one; the Sith Lord or Heidi?

Um privacy..anyone?
By Ammohunt on 4/26/2013 4:39:20 PM , Rating: 2
Google's Eric Schmidt admitted that his company's new glasses may not be appropriate in all situations, and that talking to them can even be a little "weird."

Say like in the john? of course if a guy is at the urinal talking its assume he is talking to his man root.

RE: Um privacy..anyone?
By Solandri on 4/27/2013 12:27:56 AM , Rating: 3
I was traveling back to my hometown and, responding to Mother Nature, decided to stop at one of those rest areas on the side of the road.

I went into the washroom. The first stall was taken, so I went into the second stall. I had just sat down when I heard a voice from the other stall.

"Hi there, how is it going?"

I am not the type to strike up conversations with strangers while sitting on the john in restrooms on the side of the road. I didn't know what to do, but finally I said, "Not bad."

Then the voice said, "So, what are you doing?"

At this point, I was starting to find the situation a bit weird, but I said, "Well, I'm headed back east."

Then I heard the person, all flustered, say, "Look, I'll call you back. Every time I ask you a question, the idiot in the next stall keeps answering me!!!"

RE: Um privacy..anyone?
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 4/27/2013 11:03:10 PM , Rating: 2
In fairness, if you're being called an idiot by someone who is talking on their phone while taking a $#!+...

Doesn't carry a lot of weight, is all I'm saying.

RE: Um privacy..anyone?
By Azethoth on 4/30/2013 10:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
No actually it carries the full weight of a man, minus one deposit.

RE: Um privacy..anyone?
By Dr of crap on 4/29/2013 12:32:30 PM , Rating: 2
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER talk on the phone while in the john - period!

Walked in to the john at work, and heard the guy in one of the stalls on the phone - REALLY? It can't wait!??!

Yep the guy on the phone is the doorknob!

RE: Um privacy..anyone?
By Spookster on 4/30/2013 3:20:02 PM , Rating: 3
When I find people in public restrooms talking on their cell phones, I am sure to make my bowel movements extra noisy so the person on the other end of the line knows they are joining us in the bathroom.

Not augmented reality capable!.
By fteoath64 on 4/27/2013 3:01:53 AM , Rating: 2
Glass is pretty basic in what it can do and it is limited but the size and weight on the way it is mounted so you get limited power (gpu/gpu) and limited battery life.

It might be better without a display whatsoever and use a quality wide-angle cam to capture videos wifi streamed directly to a phone. This is no "Moon-shot" invention, it is one evolution path of phone usage. No way would people pay more than $199 for this sort of functionality!.

RE: Not augmented reality capable!.
By drycrust3 on 4/27/2013 1:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
Glass is pretty basic in what it can do and it is limited but the size and weight on the way it is mounted so you get limited power (gpu/gpu) and limited battery life.

The problem we have with a new piece of technology like this is that we really don't understand it, so we think of it in terms of our current technology. The important thing is the biggest value of Glass is something we haven't yet thought of.
Glass's beauty is that it gives the user a continuous display of something without them having to actually take their eyes off what is in front of them, so this could be useful displaying information that a user wants in real time or near real time, such as a vehicle speedometer or displaying a map of what the road ahead looks like for drivers who drive at night or in the fog.
Another possible use is that it could be used for visitors to an art gallery or zoo, where the the camera picks up the piece of art or the animal a person is looking at and then a recording associated with it tells the person about it.

By Azethoth on 4/30/2013 10:19:21 PM , Rating: 1
No, Glass is Google's version of Apples 1987 Newton project. So expect that 15 years from now Apple releases actual eye-wear that people want and then makes a killing while Google had a premature emission of the idea and wasted everyone's time in 2013.

The Weirdest Input
By karimtemple on 4/26/2013 4:31:00 PM , Rating: 2
It's the weirdest thing because voice input is so stupid. In their defense, there isn't much else we can do hands-free until brain-computer interface technology is ready. We're going to be crying for voice input to come back when they start trying to use Kinect-style gestures instead.

Perhaps a new Power Glove? :D

By xti on 4/26/2013 4:51:57 PM , Rating: 2
todays word of the day.

By geekman1024 on 4/29/2013 1:54:01 AM , Rating: 2
put this on and exclaimed: "IT'S OVER 9000!".

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