OK… Google comes up with some very interesting (as well as some evil) stuff. The good: For this invention? Medical – Surgeons will be able to connect to other consultants during procedures and bleed in (pardon the pun) anatomy “projections”, etc. Also, probably great for tech uses – computer repairs, construction projects, etc.
The invention? It’s Google Project Glass:
Looks good, right? The glasses, too.
Notice all the buttons and the ear bud? Probably not, since the angle “isn’t right”. Guaranteed, there will be plenty of distractions… the myth of “multitasking”, revisited.
Google put out a vid about it… and this project does have some good points: Don’t get me wrong. It just glosses over and totally ignores the down sides. It doesn’t show you the ear bud or buttons, either [nor what significant prescription glasses would look like].
It also takes advantage (subconsciously) of powerful motivators – youth, beauty, romance and friendship (in a computer/internet) mediated increasingly virtual and isolated existence (not life). It also does not show all the streaming “news” and advertising from subscribing businesses along your route. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems to be deliberate fraudulent intent.
We’ve all discussed the topic of driving while distracted. Seems to me this little device has a real potential for distracting people at the wrong time.
Watch this vid, please:
Hope that one gets in the article. It proves the point rather well. In a complex environment, when you add distractions (visual and especially auditory) you really compromise your safety, as well as that of others.
I’m sure well hear, “Just take them off when crossing the street.” That’s really likely to happen. “Don’t wear them while actively driving.” Sure.
You know, I didn’t even mention privacy loss (not Google’s big concern).
I really don’t mind if the non-thinkers who will flock to buy and subscribe to this newest gadget get “culled”. What bothers me, Google, is how many innocent people this will take out while the idiot with one drives, makes the next “viral” video and talks on the phone while driving 65 mph.
I’m sure it’ll help profits from the undertakers and related advertising to increase.