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Sergeyi Brin, the he-man, thrill-seeking co-founder of Google, said that
compared to Google Glass, a smartphone was "emasculating". Did he know
whereof he spoke? Brin and his sky-diving, risk-taking buddies have been at
the forefront of Google's campaign to position Glass as the must-have cool
Google Glass looks like a pair of glasses. Over the right eye there's
a miniature high definition camera and a miniscule screen. The
gadget is phone, camera and computer all in one. The screen
allows the gadget to superimpose onto reality anything from the
Why is Google investing so much in Glass? Some say it is just a boy toy that keeps the
somewhat wayward Sergeyi Brin wedded to the job. But more likely is that it is all part of
Google's insatiable appetite for data. Google, like no other Internet company, has turned vast
amounts of data into better ways of targeting advertisement to users. The more that Google
knows about each of us, the more likely it can be the one that leads us to a buying decision.
And the hope with Glass is that we'll be generating hours on end of video and audio for the
Google algorithms to crunch on.
Privacy activists worry that the data generated will
hand too much power to Google and to governments
that can always demand access to data about
Google is staying mum about much of the interesting bits of the technology.
Much speculation has focused on whether the screen images that the Google
promotional videos can really be delivered by a heads-up display so small and
so close to the eye. The verdicts seems to be that there's been some artistic
the propaganda, http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-it-feels/
Glass was started as an X Labs project - the
lab that has given Google a lead in driverless
cars and neural networks.
An internal Google team has been testing devices for about a
year. The first set of Glasses going to external developers are
shipping in the coming months. The product is meant to launch
When to wear
In a foreign city. While driving. For everyday
screen-based work. When you want to talk to
your nearest and dearest.
When not to wear Glass?
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