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Brin said smartphones are "emasculating"

Smartphones are so yesterday, according to Google.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who appeared at the TED stage yesterday, explained that smartphones don't allow their users to interact enough with the outside world, and even called them "emasculating." People walk around with their faces buried in their smartphone's screen and swipe at a piece of glass.

"Is this the way you're meant to interact with other people?" asked Brin. "It's kind of emasculating. Is this what you're meant to do with your body?

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


According to Brin, Google Glass -- a hands-free, voice-activated headset with augmented reality features -- is that vision materialized. Brin showed Google Glass off at TED, saying it's the way people were meant to interact with one another while still using digital technology.

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

Source: TED Blog



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RE: Google Glass.....
By Stuka on 2/28/2013 1:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but it's first-gen useless crap. It's not prescription, so there goes half the available market. It's not shaded, so I can't wear it outside, there goes another third of the market. It's expensive, there goes another 8/10 of the market. You have to talk to it, there goes another 1/3 of the market.

Another battery to charge. Yay.

Also, I'm pretty sure you still need the smartphone anyway, 'cos my understanding is this is an interface, not a self-contained device. You can't fit a smartphone and battery in a pair of glasses yet. You got 10-20 years to wait for that still.


RE: Google Glass.....
By txDrum on 2/28/2013 2:06:15 PM , Rating: 2
Actually: I think it can be shaded.

http://www.google.com/glass/start/what-it-does/

Just scrolling down shows a shaded pair. It stands to reason in my opinion that if they can put in a pair of shaded lenses, they can easily put in a pair of shaded prescription lenses (or transition lenses).

Plus, plenty of people wear glasses without shades in the sun. It's no different from people not wearing sunglasses anyways. If it WAS only shaded, you'd probably have said "can't wear it inside." Just because you hate it (or google) doesn't make your universals true.

You act like "another battery to charge" is universally bad. If charging batteries is bad, get rid of your smartphone and your laptop, and stay on your desktop and flip phone. Obviously charging a battery is an inconvenience, but the idea that charging it is simply bad, without noting the functionality you get with that "extra battery" is stupid. You certainly wouldn't apply "charging another battery. yay" to your laptop or smartphone. (Unless your phone had like abysmal battery life or something but that's your fault).


RE: Google Glass.....
By retrospooty on 2/28/2013 2:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not every product is for everyone... But all of the things you listed have nothing to do with the tech in it. Its all your personal bile.

You have to admit the tech in it is impressive.


RE: Google Glass.....
By nafhan on 2/28/2013 3:04:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
it's first-gen useless crap
Are you kidding me? It's not even first gen. It's also not being sold to the general public (at the moment, it's not being sold to anyone: "ifihadglass is now closed and we will be notifying successful applicants soon"). Pretending that it's a shipping product is disingenuous or misinformed.

It's clearly aimed at developers and the curious. Calling it first gen is silly. Not even Google has a perfectly clear idea of what they're going to do with it. It's amazing tech that I hope gets incorporated into future products, and I'm very much looking forward to see what that shipping product looks like.


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