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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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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.

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