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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 Shadowmaster625 on 3/1/2013 8:34:47 AM , Rating: 2
2. You are criticizing HUDs in general with those remarks. HUDs arent perfect but they are very close. It only takes milliseconds to shift focus from a HUD and back. It takes longer to glance down at your speedo or fuel gauge. By your logic such acts must surely also be dangerous. Yet they happen millions of times a day and I seriously doubt anyone has ever crashed cuz they was looking at their fuel gauge lol.

3. Dont worry we're only about 5 years away from a commercialized subvocal interface. Such an interfacewill doubtlessly end up in Glass. Then nobody will hear you dictating commands to your device, or even having conversations with other people.

4. Dont criticize the graphics until you actually see them. Same goes for the interface. The potential is certainly there. You can make extremely precise analog movements with the eye.

5. Yeah but it is going to do wonders for fighting police corruption.

6. It would be easily adjustable. In theory you could move the HUD around your peripheral vision by making use of whatever binary interface option they end up using. (Binary meaning a button or a vocal command in combination with an eye gesture)

RE: Google Glass.....
By martin5000 on 3/1/2013 11:11:34 AM , Rating: 1
5. Yeah but it is going to do wonders for fighting police corruption.

Recording surreptitiously is often illegal, and with tech like this I imagine it's only a matter of time before it becomes a whole lot more illegal.

And to be honest I can't think of a good reason to film someone without consent (presumed consent, that is), apart from for the purposes of fighting corruption.

RE: Google Glass.....
By inighthawki on 3/1/2013 11:23:06 AM , Rating: 2
2) I wasn't trying to imply that it was inherently more dangerous, I was implying that it doesn't fix anything. Having the navigation in your peripherals or just stuck to the window/in the dash still requires changing focus of where you're looking, little improvement.

3) Uhm, you have nothing at all to back this up. "Trust me, it'll happen" is far from proof of concept. Extremely weak point, sir.

4) I will criticize the graphics because I know what's capable in what form factor. I work with graphics all day, and the device would be bulky and power consuming to get even simple games like angry birds working.

5) This is not justification for such a feature.

6) This is one I can't really provide an argument for or against until I see it working.

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