Google Glass is Awesome, but what do we do with it?
As a geek to the core, I can’t wait to try Google Glass. I seriously have looked at their web page dozens of times trying to think about how the next Overpass app could be a Glass app. It is just so awesome! It brings science fiction into reality.
Would I ever wear one? Hell no!
As someone who makes apps that can be considered a little creepy (Eye Spy, Ear Spy), I frequently think about what crosses the line in terms of privacy. I know I would not feel comfortable talking to someone who was wearing a camera on their face. “You’re not filming me, are you?” is going to become a question we hear a lot. I haven’t noticed if it includes one, but it should have a big red light that blinks when you are filming.
The fact that Google does not have a very good track record in terms of privacy does not help the cause of Glass. But, to be honest, I wouldn’t trust any company who could potentially see everything I see.
It reminds me of the bluetooth ear thing that hangs off the side of your head (comes with convertible and hair gel, I think). I never felt comfortable with a bluetooth ear piece. They are also very sci-fi, but nothing makes you look like a bigger [insert expletive here] than the ear piece. Imagine what it’s going to be like when we start seeing the first Google Glass wearers. (My prediction is that the first person you see in public wearing one will be a 40+, slightly over-weight, white man–just a feeling I have.)
It’s funny how anti-climactic this feels when we finally get something like a permanent heads-up display and we can’t think of what to do with it. I mean, I honestly can’t think of very much to do with it.
But I still want to try Google Glass.
I’m old enough to remember when I first saw a remote control for a TV. It was huge, had three buttons, and actually clicked. I was very young, but I remember my parents and everyone else at this guy’s house mocking him about being too lazy to get up and change the channel. Now, we can’t live without them (and no one calls them lazy). This could be the same with Google Glass (or a future competitor with a clean privacy track record).
It will either be huge or it will go the way of the Segway. Either way, I’m excited about Google Glass.
If you can think of any cool apps that would take advantage of it, please let me know. I’d love to build one.