It’s been an interesting few months for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass. Still in the midst of being tested by its “Explorers,” Glass has received mixed reviews from users and few warm fuzzies from the public.
I wrote in an earlier article that people just need time to get used to the idea of wearable computing — but I’m starting to question whether we’ll ever reach that point. With public bans on Glass already abounding and even new negative terminology created for people who wear Glass (look it up — this is a family publication!), Google Glass may never get the chance to take off.
Glass half empty
News that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) banned the device at its own shareholders’ meeting surfaced a few days ago, but according to a BGR article, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) said it didn’t ban the device; it just doesn’t allow recording devices at the meeting. A Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) representative told BGR that several people were wearing the device in the meeting, presumably while not recording.
At Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)‘s annual shareholders meeting last week, an attendee not only was wearing Google Glass but did so while asking Elon Musk a question during the Q&A time. While it wasn’t clear whether or not he was recording or snapping pictures, no one asked him to remove the device even while talking with the company CEO.
But others haven’t been so kind.
Ceasars Entertainment has already instituted a ban on the device from its gambling floors nationwide, and other casinos have done the same or are at least talking about it. Hospitals have discussed adding Glass to its list of other recording devices that aren’t allowed in their facilities. A dive bar in Seattle was the first to ban the device (mainly for publicity reasons), and legislators in West Virginia have proposed banning the device while driving.
In a Scientific American article last month, David Pogue wrote: “If Google’s not careful, Glass will go the way of the Segway. It will be another stunning technology achievement, ultimately doomed to nichehood by the pure awkwardness, the attention-grubbing self-centeredness, of using it in public.”
Herein lies the problem. Glass is an innovative device, and it could potentially transform the way we interact with the world — if we choose to accept it. If we find the technology too creepy or too invasive, then it won’t live long enough to transform or change anything.
Breaking the Glass barrier
The concern over Glass isn’t unwarranted, if only for the fact that the device that is always pointed at someone or something — making it easier than a phone to capture video or pictures.