Google Glass Is Just Too Dorky
Marcus Wohlsen thinks it's a product of out-of-touch tech guys
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 2, 2013 11:08 AM CDT
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass glasses at an announcement for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences at Genentech Hall on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, Feb. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Looking through the images on the White Men Wearing Google Glass Tumblr has convinced Marcus Wohlsen that the much-touted glasses have a lot in common with Segways, Bluetooth headsets, and pocket protectors. "They're all too dorky to live," Wohlsen writes in Wired. In theory, all these products seem useful, but we eschew them based on intangible factors—either because they're just somehow irrationally lame (Segway), or because they send bad social signals (Bluetooth headsets).

There's no getting around it, "walking around with a camera mounted on the side of your face at all times makes you look dorky," writes Wohlsen. It's inherently antisocial, separating you from the people around you. The hype surrounding it "is what happens when important tech people spend a little too much time congratulating each other." The future definitely includes wearable tech, but one look at that Tumblr is evidence enough "to transform the hypothesis 'Google Glass is too dorky to succeed' into a proven scientific theory." Click for Wohlsen's full column.

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right2dave
May 4, 2013 2:30 AM CDT
Just add a little bling. People will be trading their food stamps like crazy for the glasses.
Utgard_Loki
May 3, 2013 1:20 AM CDT
Bluetooth headsets dorky? Man, I don't know what you be talking about. Bitches like this shit man. They be thinking I'm one of them Mens in Black or something like that, you know they think I got big things goin on. You know? They be wondering where the black limo is at, when they see, all they see is the headpiece, they assume it's a black limo. Know what I'm saying?
lvan
May 2, 2013 8:29 PM CDT
umm bullshitskiy? I bet construction companies who require safety ware would be interested. It could double as safety glasses and you can find out exactly what anyone is doing at and given moment. Big brother on steroids and big savings on management. Besides I really don't give a rats ass if it looks dorky as long as it's functional and convenient. Just like pocket watch cellphones becoming obsolete.