Google Glass Could Make Us Less Annoying
'It's way, way less distracting than checking your smartphone': Manjoo
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 17, 2013 10:11 AM CDT
Google Glass team members wear Google Glasses at a booth at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco, May 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Given all the hate that's been piled on Google Glass lately, Farhad Manjoo strapped on a pair "expecting to experience the digital equivalent of a machine hacked together with duct tape and construction paper." Instead, he came away convinced that Glass, or something like it, will define the way we interact with technology in the future, he writes at Slate. "You’ll use it for the same reason you use headphones—because it’s a natural extension of your phone."

Counter-intuitively, Glass represents a less socially intrusive way of dealing with the digital world. Sure, your eyes will flit up and to the right to look at some nugget of info, but that's "way, way less distracting than checking your smartphone ... And if you’ve been hoping that your friends and family would get their heads out of their phones already, you ought to be celebrating Glass." Even with its currently limited feature set, "once I had it on my face, I was addicted to the power it gave me." When it came time to take it off "I really, really didn't want to." Click for his full column.

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clmsman
May 22, 2013 2:53 PM CDT
One step closer to the Borg! I think these glasses like most of these useless gadgets will just seperate human to human contact one step further away toward total individual isloation. You have seen it the two people sitting at a table in a coffee place not talking to each other but staring at those little phone screens. This generation has no social skills and it going to get worst.
StationaryMan
May 17, 2013 2:19 PM CDT
Just imagine a world in which all information is available to everyone without limits. Not sure if you should try the new sushi restaurant in town just ask everyone in the world. Not sure if would like the girl at the end of the bar, just snap a pic, post and ask for reviews of her coital techniques. Go to the drug store, walk down the aisle curious and a brand of shampoo check online, and of course now retailers can target ad's to you based on what your looking at, and of course when you steal a glimpse at the girl at the register's tits google can assume what type of porn you like and filter out the other stuff. Soon thereafter Google will change it's name, "The Borg" sounds about right. Resistance is Futile.
backtooakland
May 17, 2013 12:33 PM CDT
I'm annoyed just reading about them. And to have something pointed at your eye that's controlled by The Google is absolutely CREEPY. I find it amusing that these techno nerds love to use phrases like 'the wave of the future', or 'soon everyone will be doing this' or 'this will completely replace'. I remember years ago some nerd/jerk said that ALL printed material will be gone within a few years. Now, there's more printing than ever. And look at all the people who do NOT buy into all this crap.