Shattered Glass: Google’s computerized eyewear panned by some users
By Christina DesMarais
Some Google Glass users are less than thrilled with the computerized eyeglasses that supposedly will replace the smartphone one day.
It will be too bad if the early criticism ends up killing Glass, which has had high expectations since Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed the gizmo off last summer during the Google i/o developer’s conference. He arguably pulled off the best demo ever with skydivers jumping out of a Zeppelin sporting the headset that streamed video of their descent onto the roof of Moscone Center in San Francisco.
And now some early reviews are coming in from respected publications.
According to Business Insider, Glass has a ridiculously short battery life, elicits a headache, is difficult to read in bright light, doesn’t allow for settings tweaks and is buggy when it comes to voice controls.
Wired makes the point that the wearable computer sits in the same space as the Segway, Bluetooth headset and pocket protector — all great ideas that are too nerdy to actually be used en masse. Don’t believe it? Check out the Tumblr centered on “Women With Glass” or its antecedent “White Men Wearing Google Glass.”
And FastCompany’s Mark Wilson opined that “these glasses aren’t yet doing anything our phones can’t. So why do they need to be glasses?”
Even some scientists take issue with Glass.
Steve Mann, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto who has spent the past 35 years developing and wearing computerized eyewear, recently said that if proper precautions aren’t taken, the technology has the potential to affect how your brain processes sight .
He said that over an extended period of time, Glass can cause eyestrain and using it as a viewfinder for live video could “very well mess up the wearer’s neural circuitry.” That’s because you’d be looking at two unaligned versions of a moving image right in front of you.
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