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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 - For...
By TakinYourPoints on 2/28/2013 7:16:37 PM , Rating: 3
Apparently barking commands in public while wearing a monocle is an improvement over using a touchscreen.

Actually, both are rude and annoying in public, but Glass is way more conspicuous. I use Siri for dictating text messages and to get directions all the time, but I do it when I'm driving and not bothering other people. If I'm with people socially I try not to use my phone at all, again because it is rude. Ditto speaking on the phone in crowded public places.

Glass is a cool idea, just very first gen. It needs to get way smaller than it is right now.

My biggest issue, aside from looking silly, is privacy. More cameras out there recording when others don't want it, big fat meh.

RE: Google glass - For...
By spread on 3/1/2013 1:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
My biggest issue, aside from looking silly, is privacy. More cameras out there recording when others don't want it, big fat meh.

There are advantages, for example when you are pulled over by the police and the officer decides to have a temper tantrum at your expense. You'll be glad you had a recording to prove your innocence.

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs

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