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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: Not augmented reality capable!.
By drycrust3 on 4/27/2013 1:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
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Glass is pretty basic in what it can do and it is limited but the size and weight on the way it is mounted so you get limited power (gpu/gpu) and limited battery life.

The problem we have with a new piece of technology like this is that we really don't understand it, so we think of it in terms of our current technology. The important thing is the biggest value of Glass is something we haven't yet thought of.
Glass's beauty is that it gives the user a continuous display of something without them having to actually take their eyes off what is in front of them, so this could be useful displaying information that a user wants in real time or near real time, such as a vehicle speedometer or displaying a map of what the road ahead looks like for drivers who drive at night or in the fog.
Another possible use is that it could be used for visitors to an art gallery or zoo, where the the camera picks up the piece of art or the animal a person is looking at and then a recording associated with it tells the person about it.


By Azethoth on 4/30/2013 10:19:21 PM , Rating: 1
No, Glass is Google's version of Apples 1987 Newton project. So expect that 15 years from now Apple releases actual eye-wear that people want and then makes a killing while Google had a premature emission of the idea and wasted everyone's time in 2013.


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