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A year on and Google Glass is still a bad idea

April 9, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and Images by Lee Bell / The Inquirer

It is a year to the day�since Google�unveiled its augmented reality eyewear, Google Glass. The firm touted the space-age spectacles as a "project", a somewhat far-fetched concept conceived to bring science fiction into the real world.

For those unfamiliar with the venture, Google Glass is a smartphone-like experience projected into your field of vision through awkward looking spectacles. The technology was dreamt up by a small team of Google engineers in the dark, dark corners of the Google X research lab, in an attempt to enhance visual reality with data on the fly. The basic idea is that you can bring texts, email, images and video in front of your eyes via voice commands, hands free.

Fast forward 12 months and it's obvious that Google is now taking Glass much more seriously. Just yesterday, for instance, the firm posted a video of its presentation from the South by Southwest Interactive conference last month, giving us an insight into the Mirror API interface that third party developers are already using to get their apps onto Google Glass.

This, plus the fact that Google employees have been showing off the eyewear technology on the firm's struggling social network Google+, demonstrates the firm's increased focus on the product.

As a result, Google Glass has gotten a lot of hype, and it's been widely reported that the eyewear technology will become available some time this year. It has also been suggested that the spectacles will retail for around $1,500 if and when they finally hit the market.

If it does catch on, Google Glass has the potential to create a revolution. But as far as I'm concerned, it won't. I have plenty of reasons to think so, but it's mainly because I think the whole thing is a bad idea.

The main motivation behind my aversion to Google Glass is that anyone who wears it will look like a fool. Although it is much more subtle than other augmented reality type glasses from the past, it is still distinctive looking enough for people to think, "what the hell's that on your face?"

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