Google Project Glass

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by cambookpro, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
  2. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    Norman, OK
    Came here to say basically the same thing. These (although they are very far from being a market ready device) is an incredible concept. A realistic, relatively inexpensive H.U.D device would be simply amazing. I hope Apple has something in mind along this way of futuristic thinking.
  3. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
  4. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Just think of all the data Google would be getting!
  5. Rennir macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    Saw an article on BBC and this has a lot of potential.

    Not from Google, no. I wonder if Apple is secretly developing these too and Google just happens to be stealing Apple's design again. Darn those people at Google! :D
  6. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2008
    Wow... this is some cool tech. I just hope that whatever they make available in production works as elegantly as the concept video (wishful thinking I know).

    Just imagine some of the possibilities; along with all the privacy advocates up in arms as you'll always have a forward facing camera any direction you look. And if you share that video to the Google cloud... google could have a 24/7 streaming network of realtime activity all over the world

    *takes tinfoil hat off*

    Seriously - can't wait to see what becomes of this.
  7. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    They forgot something in their video...


    Cool concept, but they lost me from a practical standpoint when the voice recognition software was able to pick up Monsieur Gayno with no problem.
  8. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    *Leaves tinfoil hat on, firmly in place*

    That would be about the time I either avoid people wearing glasses altogether or I rip them off of people and stomp on them...

    I may or may not be kidding...
  9. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    Apple has a patent for this already and I'm sure they've been working on their own version, they're just keeping their mouths closed until it's ready to go to market as always.

    This technology is amazing and what really excites me is that it's not just some concept saying "Look at how awesome we are at designing impossible things", it's an actual product they're working on right now. It's incredible.

    I will buy these things as soon as they're out, no question.
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  11. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    I think people are too connected currently. As for the hurt yourself video, what if many people wearing these get close?
  12. Drunken Master macrumors 65816

    Drunken Master

    Jul 19, 2011
    Mass hysteria!

    I'd imagine that the devices would recognize moving objects ahead and maybe dim the HUD for safety?

    Either way, good luck with anyone who wants to be a cyborg. I'm not joining you. We need a radical revolution of the mind, not for them to atrophy.
  13. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    adblock for my glasses, what next...
  14. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    Same here. It's bad enough they track your moves on the Internet and now they just want to track all your moves. Forget it.
  15. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I would have no interest in these. It seems like it would be cool for a day and then just get annoying.
  16. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    Interesting, even exciting concept.
    However I'm just seeing Google screwing it up pathetically. It's more about PR.
  17. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Love, love, love the concept.

    I recall seeing similar concepts over ~15 years ago on the news, but nothing has really progressed too much from there. Glad to see a major company pushing for it.

    Wouldn't be surprised if Apple had something in the works and also wouldn't be surprised to how totally awesome it'd be lol

    Probably won't see anything on the market for another 5-10 years though, unfortunately.
  18. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    Paris, France
    There was a time innovation always came from Apple. Now we have to say that Google is incredibly good at surprising us.
  19. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    We've all seen the person sitting in a restaurant or coffee shop, apparently having a heated discussion with himself. In reality, carrying on a cellphone conversation via the Bluetooth earpiece he's wearing.

    Thats what I see happening with these glasses. If they became widely available, all of a sudden we'd be confronted with hordes of zombie-like creatures, lurching through our streets and shopping malls, filling out their empty lives with whatever combination of of mapping data and male-enhancement spam Google's servers spat out.

    We remember the scene from Terminator, where the Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator sees all this cool "extra" data about whats in front of him. Its a great scene - but is that really what we want from our lives?

    I can certainly see some uses for this sort of technology. Military and law enforcement personnel for instance. But even in those areas, there is increasing evidence that people are suffering from information overload. That even the most highly-trained pilot can only really focus on a few data streams, and that beyond that point, more data means worse performance.

    Lets also look at the "reality" of virtual reality: Its likely to be a serious threat to public safety. Where are the places where there is the most relevant data? Answer: Cities - with almost infinite restaurants, tagged photos, historical landmarks, points of interest, and our human contacts. They are also the places where the streets and sidewalks are crowded with fast moving vehicles and pedestrians - and the last thing we need is distracted people wandering around interacting with a world that, quite literally, isn't there.
  20. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  21. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009

    Those ad jokes are getting old fast, it's not even original humour and Google would never implement ads like that just like they haven't put ads all over Android.
  22. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    I'd love such a concept brought to motorcycle helmets. Plug in to a standardized interface on the motorcycle and the dash is brought up on the helmets visor, so you don't have to glance down and get your eyes off the road.

    Kinda of like those windshield concepts for cars. :)
  23. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    1984, is that you?

    "When there is no price for the product, you are the product." I can't believe this is getting so much positive buzz.
  24. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    I think that sort of technology is pretty close to reality, if not actually in production. And actually could be a real benefit.

    But its important that the designers of such a system restrict the sort of data it displays: Speed and tachometer readings. Maybe alerts if coolant temperature, or tire and oil pressures got out of specification. And possibly warnings if road icing was possible.

    Where I see a problem is if the heads-up display starts offering distractions - like giving you text messages, pointing out nearby cafes, and (heaven forbid) pop-up advertisements. That sort of visual clutter is the LAST thing a motorcyclist needs.

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