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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 nafhan on 2/28/2013 2:37:58 PM , Rating: 2
The major flaw however lies in how you communicate with the glasses.
Nope. The process of two way communication with a device is disruptive, period. Regardless of how you do it.

As I understand, the long term plan for Glass is to have it proactively providing contextually relevant info. They will be actively working to minimize the need to give it any commands at all - voice or otherwise. Basically, if you have to ask for something, that's a problem. It should just know! If you have a modern Android device, think "Google Now", but more advanced.

Also, Glass is not necessarily meant to replace smartphones altogether, rather it's to augment them and minimize their usage in situations where it's advantageous to not be staring in the direction of the ground.

RE: Google Glass.....
By TakinYourPoints on 2/28/2013 7:49:49 PM , Rating: 2


RE: Google Glass.....
By ShieTar on 3/1/2013 8:29:10 AM , Rating: 2
Would that use the same amazing algorithms which are used in youtube? You know, the piece of software that after I finished watching a politicial reportage in german proposes to me that next I should watch a blonde girl embarass herself on some casting-show from the US? When google decides "intelligently", it tends gives me information from which it can make money, not information which I care about. Even worse, it often gives me information which a lot of other people wanted, which is no good, because a lot of other people are increadibly stupid.

I want to have the internet as a tool under my control, not allow it to force-feed me anything that some commercial information provider thinks I should know.

RE: Google Glass.....
By nafhan on 3/1/2013 3:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
That's why it's important for Google to not be a monopoly. If they start providing worse results than say, Bing, you just stop using their results and search for videos on Bing! Competition is important to a functional internet as we know it.

You can also bet that if Glass takes off others (i.e. Apple, MS, etc.) will jump into the business as well.

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