Google Glasses Possible Derailment
As with all new products, media attention, celebrity endorsements and press releases, and trend setters like the LGBT community can make or break the product, even when still in testing. Surprisingly, many celebrities were refused entry to Google’s testing program as they would only pick 8 people to begin with. Hollywood A-Listers such as everyone’s favourite Neil Patrick Harris, Israeli artist Matisyahu and even Newt Gingrich were invited to become testers as part of the new Awareness programme.
As for public use, the mood coming out of Google’s HQ has not been so optimistic. San Francisco has now baned Google Glass from being worn in any of its bars after a significant number of attacks on users. These attacks are not all related to theft or jealousy either – people have become paranoid around users who could be filming them without consent, and many Californians just donâ€™t like Google. With San Francisco the hub of world culture and LGBT activism in terms of expression and character, many don’t like the fact that Google are invading their canvas and regularly protest. However – we must also remember that cameras were banned from parks and beaches for the same reasons when they were designed in the 19th Century.
Review giant TechRadar had this to say: “Google has created the most sought after sci-fi looking gadget that everyone wants to wear at least once. Not everyone will get their moneyâ€™s worth though with this one-of-a-kind novelty.”
And that’s exactly what Glass will be to the majority of people who ever own it – an expensive novelty. You can bet that the mass population of people who take photos of every meal will jump on the bandwagon so that their Duck l’Orange can be photographed hands free.
Overall, the balance between positive and negative is finely poised, but there isn’t a huge swing either way. Google Glass is light and extremely aesthetically pleasing at only 42 grams, with easy-to-use features and easy hands free photos. However, its battery life is currently poor, there are limited Applications for it (although this will surely increase) and by boasting a megapixel camera, most phones now have better quality, not forgetting that you could buy a lot more with $1500.
We must realised and accept that this technology is a step further than anything currently on the market or even in late development, and because of that the LGBT and gay community are going to want to be the first to use Google glass. Itâ€™s daunting to think something that genuinely looks like itâ€™s come straight out of a Tom Cruise, or James Bond film can be made available to us; the normal, general public. However, should it succeed, become more affordable and offer uses that can be socially, physically, mentally and economically helpful, then it truly is the dawn of a new era on the world of technology.