Google’s high-tech glasses, otherwise known as Glass, have come under fire in recent months for a variety of reasons. Although they are not officially on the market, the Google Glass Explorer program has provided them to many users around the United States.
In order to get rid of some of the stigmas that have been attached to Glass, Google has put out a list of the top 10 myths and why they are not based in fact.
At least a few of the myths deal with one of the more controversial aspects of Glass, which is privacy. Even though it is clarified in the post that Glass is not always recording, many people are still worried about wearable devices that can more discretely record than a smartphone.
Just like your cell phone, the Glass screen is off by default. Video recording on Glass is set to last 10 seconds. People can record for longer, but Glass isn’t designed for or even capable of always-on recording (the battery won’t last longer than 45 minutes before it needs to be charged). – Google
Distraction is another important issue pertaining to Glass, particularly when considering how well a person can focus on driving while also using the device. Google says that the glasses actually allow people to focus on the real world more effectively since a user can interact with Glass by simply glancing upwards rather than delving into a computer or smartphone. Still, many people oppose any sort of technology in cars, so there will continue to be opponents of Glass for that reason.
Instead of looking down at your computer, phone or tablet while life happens around you, Glass allows you to look up and engage with the world…That’s why Glass is off by default and only on when you want it to be. – Google
All of the other myths, which address a plethora of topics, can be found on Glass’ Google+ page.
Question – Do you think the stigmas attached to Glass will hurt its ability to become popular?
Summary: Google has released a list of the top ten Glass myths and why they are not accurate. This may help the company salvage Glass’ reputation prior to its official launch.
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