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Not Even Investors Know What Google Glass Is For

timothy posted 1 year,7 days | from the no-wireless-less-space-than-a-nomad-lame dept.

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bdking writes "Google says it plans to ship its Google Glass Explorer Edition by the end of April to developers and consumers who paid $1,500 to test the computer-enabled eyewear, with vague plans for a general release (at a lower price) by year's end. But what will you really be able to do with Google Glass, beyond having information presented before your eyes? Even investors who are set to spend millions funding apps development for Google Glass have no clue. Is Google Glass being overhyped as a 'transformational' device?" I bet every real estate agent in the world would like one of these hooked up to a database of houses for sale, so they could instantly scan all the relevant information.

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If it really knew where it was... (2, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426259)

If the thing had good enough heading and position information, it could overlay detailed information on the real world. But it's not that good. It's just a smartphone display.

Also, I'll bet that driving with it will be prohibited after the first few hundred accidents.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (5, Insightful)

swanzilla (1458281) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426309)

If the thing had good enough heading and position information, it could overlay detailed information on the real world. But it's not that good. It's just a smartphone display.

Too bad smartphones don't ship with GPS receivers, accelerometers, gyroscopes...

Re:If it really knew where it was... (0)

PseudonymousBraveguy (1857734) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426435)

As the heading of your phone is not equivalent to the heading of your head, that is not sufficient for a good information overlay.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426517)

So stick an accelerometer on the glasses, I guess the price will have to go up another $1.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (1, Insightful)

greenfruitsalad (2008354) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426729)

one needs to wait for the second or third generation to have those fancy bits in. how are they meant to make money off the same people again if the 1st device is good enough?

Re:If it really knew where it was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426595)

As the heading of your phone is not equivalent to the heading of your head, that is not sufficient for a good information overlay.

Why wouldn't it be? You are looking at your phone for information. Your phone is pointed where you want the information from.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426739)

You are looking at your phone for information.

I think you may have missed what the point of Glass is.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426847)

Are you fucking stupid? If I look up at a god damn building 45 degrees to my left and up 20 degrees and my phone is in my pocket by my dick, how the fuck will it know what I'm god damn looking at?

Google Glass was supposed to be an augmented reality device, and it's just a head mounted video recorder.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426341)

Yea because linking it to your phone which sends it information would be just too hard for google to do.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426385)

Actually, I suspect it has the sensors necessary for augmented reality, but not the processing power or battery life for it (I remember seeing somewhere that Google estimated something in Glass's form factor could do augmented reality for a few minutes at most before the battery would be dead).

A computer that's actually usable in some very limited capacity while driving or doing other activities that require both hands and/or focus seem like a major use-case of wearable computing. I'm sure Google is very interested in making sure Glass is usable in that situation. Maybe it could try to guess if you are driving switch an audio-only mode.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (3, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426555)

Driving is when I want augmented reality the most. Give me a GPS overlay with directions and when it gets dark/foggy/rainy give me vision in other spectrum. Display my current speed and the legal limit where I am, basically I want a damn HUD.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (2, Informative)

afidel (530433) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426725)

Then buy a Cadillac, several models have a HUD with turn by turn directions, speed, current audio selection, and optionally IR.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (5, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426753)

I am not 80 nor a rapper, so I am not sure I am allowed to. I would not want to either, since I am not 80 or a rapper.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (1)

gorzek (647352) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426737)

Google Glass won't be capable of AR because the display is only designed to cover a very small part of your entire field of vision. It can pop up information in one corner of your vision and that's it.

Maybe they'll come out with a version that's more like real glasses, i.e. mostly/fully covering your field of view the way glasses do, but that doesn't seem to be in the offing yet.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426813)

Never fear!

Coming soon: Google Pack - a 30 pound backpack containing a massive battery to power all your augmented reality dreams! Also available in a mobile-friendly fanny pack version!

Because smartphones are emasculating. But with 30 pounds of battery packs strapped to your body, you'll get more pussy than The Rock when they see your sweet-ass Google Goggles!

Re:If it really knew where it was... (0)

sgage (109086) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426415)

I would hope that driving with this thing would be prohibited at its release.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426697)

Prohibited.

Like texting on your Smartphone, killing someone with your Bushmaster or diddling your neighbor's kid with your PleasureVibe 9000 are all supposd to be "prohibited".

Do you mean you think it should be outlawed or that Google should include some app or another that would take advantage of the processing power and technologies inherent to an Android Smartphone that would actually prohibit the use of this device under specific predictable circumstances?

Re:If it really knew where it was... (2)

CastrTroy (595695) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426731)

There's already laws about driving while distracted. It's just that for most people "distracted" is something that is hard to define. So they have to come up with very specific laws about what exact kinds of distractions you aren't allowed to do. Personally I never felt that safe driving while talking one the phone. And it's not that I'm a bad driver, I just realize how distracted I get when I'm on the phone.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (5, Informative)

alexborges (313924) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426429)

Ok let me explain:

It is not a phone, it has (or shouldnt or will evolve to) no comunications capabilities beyond connecting to your already existing phone. It is a display, a voice gatherer and an api for your phone.

Its posibilities, if my assumptions are right, are endless and i do think that, done right, it could be a game changer. However, I also think nobody copies shit better than apple. If this works, you can be sure the iEyeEye (ay ay ay), will be simpler, stupider and more loved.

Re:If it really knew where it was... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426505)

Smartphones already do that, it is called augmented reality. So I am not sure what you mean by "It's just a smartphone display."

to be really useful it needs to be realtime (1)

Chirs (87576) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426549)

and perfectly lined up with the real world. Smartphones do NOT do that already.

Re:to be really useful it needs to be realtime (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426577)

Hmm?
So far augmented reality seems to line up very well, based on my limited uses. What did you have problems with?

I know what it's for. (4, Insightful)

Gerafin (1408009) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426275)

One word: advertising. Right in front of your eyes is the most prime advertising space I can imaine.

Re:I know what it's for. (2)

Zeromous (668365) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426299)

Indeed, screw Minority Report, this is so much better, since the ad venue stays with the user.

You don't need to maintain venues anymore, advertising becomes cheaper and super effective.

This is about learning your habits and ensuring you see only relevent ads. Anything else is a money loser for google in the long term.

Re:I know what it's for. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426329)

Google has made it clear that making Glass minimally distracting is a major design goal. Showing advertising on it doesn't mesh well with that. Obviously advertising is Google's main business and it's reasonable to assume Glass feeds into that somehow, but I suspect it's for data collection, not display of ads.

Re:I know what it's for. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426741)

It's incredible. They made the same claims about distractions in Google Search pre their IPO. Look at the results today vs 5 years ago.

Re:I know what it's for. (3, Insightful)

sinij (911942) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426723)

>>>One word: advertising. Right in front of your eyes.

I really don't think masses will tolerate always-on advertising in a classical banner-video format in the visual field space. Plus liability that would come when people start claiming accidents on distraction.

Advertising will have to be done via shaping your information feed and not by distracting or grabbing your attention.

Rather than using a laptop or even a smart phone? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426283)

"I bet every real estate agent in the world would like one of these hooked up to a database of houses for sale, so they could instantly scan all the relevant information."
I bet not.

Re:Rather than using a laptop or even a smart phon (2)

Zeromous (668365) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426319)

I suppose Real Estate agents might like google glass for providing scripted open houses for prospective buyers.

Also...to collect data on what they thought of each room, how long they spent there etc etc etc.

  Data+Analytics is the lynch pin of effective sales.

Re:Rather than using a laptop or even a smart phon (1)

alen (225700) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426717)

don't know about you but if i'm going to buy a home i want to see it. i want to touch the walls and go into the basement to check for mold and any problems that might come up. i want to see how much sun there is. i want to make sure the walls actually block some sound. but then again i have noticed that the more expensive something is, the scummier the sales process is.

  the photos on the website are there so i don't waste my time visiting something i would never buy.
this is why banks still require homes to be inspected

Obvious. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426285)

It's the ultimate Orwellian spy tech which will surpass the current kings Facebork and the collection of Google services. They only charge $1500 to give the user the illusion that they themselves are not the product.

I'm sure a decent profit model could be worked out if they gave the devices away for free.

(captcha: stalking)

Head mounted smart phone (2, Informative)

BitZtream (692029) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426287)

This is nothing more than a head mounted smartphone, with less features.

It'll probably take a bit of time in the hands of some crazy members of the public before we see any really innovative things out of this.

Personally, I don't see the big deal, its really just a head mounted smarth phone. Just a slightly different form factor, but due to its single display, a bad one unless you like headaches. But ... thats usually said a lot just before something groundbreaking happens :)

Re:Head mounted smart phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426421)

Creepshots are about to explode. Other than that -- its going to depend on how seemless the overlay is in practice. is this something I use while doing something else? then neat. Is this something that I must pay attention to to the exclusion of the world around me (to a similar extent to a smartphone) then its going be a dangerous thing in the hands ... er... frames of drivers, pedestrians, etc.

Re:Head mounted smart phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426451)

Nothing really cool will happen until Apple invents it.

Like the iPad? (5, Interesting)

Phasma Felis (582975) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426325)

This is gonna be like when we all scoffed about the iPad's potential market, isn't it?

Re:Like the iPad? (5, Insightful)

mtb_ogre (698802) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426411)

Apple was able to tell people all the cool things they could do with an iPad.

Google: "You tell us what it's good for!"

When the inventor can't easily explain what the best uses for their invention are, it's a safe bet there really aren't any.

Re:Like the iPad? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426467)

It's a wet dream for stalkers, pedophiles and the members of the police state. There's little doubt that the government won't get to snoop on all the data these will collect.

Re:Like the iPad? (2)

BoberFett (127537) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426613)

Wait, I thought the best thing about the iPad was all the innovative apps. That means the public - not Apple - told us what the iPad was for.

Re:Like the iPad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426637)

Sometimes it's neat to throw something out there and see what people do with it. I'm sure it'll find some niche that no one is even considering yet within a year of it's general release.
 
iPad has a relatively straight forward form factor and functional design in comparison. Tablets were already out there and the technology finally matured enough to make it more marketable...
 
And Medusa liked it so it was a sure bet.

Re:Like the iPad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426529)

And yet I still have no ipad and barely use my android phone. However, I use the hell out of my laptop...

Its not for me. But maybe someone else.

These devices are seriously good at 'small' chunks of info. But at the large chunks I have become accustomed to getting? Not so much. Still thinking of getting a new phone. Just cause every freeking one out there is cooler than what I have ;)

Re:Like the iPad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426827)

Well, I went with 1st gen iPhone and learnt the hard way what Apple really stands for and what I really need in a phone.
No more Apple.

This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (4, Insightful)

DavidinAla (639952) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426357)

There will be a few real-world uses for Glass that are positive and cost-effective. For the vast majority, this device is a non-starter at any price, IMO. If you want to walk around pretending you're in a sci-fi movie, yeah, it's probably great if you're a 14-year-old, but most people aren't going to have a use for this AND they're not going to want to be seen wearing it AND it's not going to be socially acceptable. Once again, this is technology desperately in search of a problem to solve to justify its existence.

Re:This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (1)

geekoid (135745) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426393)

I am am far from 14. \
I an looking forward to getting one of these.
One enough people have them they become socially acceptable.
I don't mind being seen wearing one.

And I can think of a dozen good practical applications for it for the day to day wearer.

You got nothing.

Re:This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (1)

bikerminstrel (562327) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426477)

Can you list some of the practical uses you have in mind, which wouldn't be served just as well by an ordinary smart phone?

Re:This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (4, Insightful)

FrankSchwab (675585) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426749)

In a previous life, I spent a lot of time hang gliding. Competition and Cross-Country pilots have to hang multiple instruments on their control bars - variometers, GPS's, radios - to maximize their performance. This is a problem area, as the $1000 worth of instruments are in an easily damaged location which also reduces performance due to air drag.

Google Glass would be a huge advancement here - stick your $200 cell phone where it gets good reception and is protected, use it for GPS, mapping, and communications functions, add a small cheap variometer interfaced to your phone. You'll have far better information, your instruments will be cheaper and your software will be vastly better, and your physical performance will improve by taking all that stuff out of the airstream.

This, I think, is an example of the niche markets that no marketer in his right mind would build a product to meet, but combined with 1000 other niches could start to make the product ubiquitous. /frank

Re:This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426809)

Maybe your pair can come with some kind of grammar checker or something. So that's one good use for them. Just 11 more to go.
 
Maybe you can make it so that they'll block the gaze of Medusa...
 
You may be older than 14 but you sure come off like a 14 year old while online.

Re:This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426855)

I still look at people oddly when they talk on a blue-tooth headset, because it looks like they're talking to themselves. A lot of women I know won't even wear reading glasses because they don't like the way they look, even though they spent $700 on the designer frames. The conformity factor is quite high for most people.

Re:This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426769)

I work Helldesk. I can see a use for a display like that: Display alerts of network status and pending tickets. Now technicians can be much faster in their response time. The same thing would work for, say, shelf-stackers or cleaners in a store: Have it bring up alerts telling them what needs stocking in real time. A considerable boost in worker efficiency, which in turn means fewer workers. If the store can lay off just one employee, the savings will easily pay for giving the rest google glass and having an appropriate app written.

Google Glass records, too (3, Interesting)

Uninvited Guest (237316) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426367)

Google Glass doesn't just present information; it can record, too. And if you record every little thing you see, it's possible to review and discover small, but critically important events later. For example, one of my college instructors has a child with autism. Video from his child's second birthday party helped make the diagnosis, but more and earlier footage would have helped diagnose it sooner. If my instructor had been wearing and recording with Google Glass every time he saw or watched his child, he would have had a wealth of material for evaluation and diagnosis.

Re:Google Glass records, too (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426593)

and then the government will supenoea your google glass records.

Re:Google Glass records, too (2)

Skewray (896393) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426651)

Google Glass doesn't just present information; it can record, too. And if you record every little thing you see, it's possible to review and discover small, but critically important events later.....

Haven't you noticed that this is half of what makes Google Glass so horrifying?

Re:Google Glass records, too (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426859)

If my instructor had been wearing and recording with Google Glass every time he saw or watched his child, he would have had a wealth of material for evaluation and diagnosis

I can just imagine the vast and entertaining debate three years from now when someone notices a startling correlation between the incidence of autisim in children and parents who wear Google glasses.

Golf (4, Insightful)

HoboCop (987492) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426371)

I could see that thing being awesome for golf... they already do GPS through smart phones.. if it can tell you how far away an object is in your field of vision, pretty darn spiffy.. show you a trail where your ball went, display your swing trajectory in your field of view for analysis... lots of cool things. Plus golfers will spend that kind of money.

Real estate agents don't work that way (1)

thoughtspace (1444717) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426387)

I know it is hard for geeks to understand; but technology is not always the best or fastest answer.

Real estate agents have a meeting before the open houses. They remember all the properties agency has for sale, and specially the ones they need to off-load. They need to know off the top of their head. A really important concept called preparation.

The brain is faster than technology - instant search which is what you need in front of a client. You can't replace street-smarts with technology.

Then again, geeks would make hopeless estate agents and sales people as they have no people skills.

Re:Real estate agents don't work that way (1)

bikerminstrel (562327) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426513)

Without all the geek put-downs this would have been an insightful post.

Re:Real estate agents don't work that way (1)

alen (225700) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426779)

no its true
you sell a house to the wife, not the husband

a virtual tour is a quickie to save time not driving to the property

Re:Real estate agents don't work that way (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426627)

You forgot to mention that geeks are ugly and smell bad.

Re:Real estate agents don't work that way (2)

BoberFett (127537) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426643)

Wanna know how I can tell that you don't actually know any real estate agents?

Re:Real estate agents don't work that way (1)

neminem (561346) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426797)

Luls.

I have met a grand total of exactly one real estate agent who actually knew what the crap he was talking about. My favorite was an agent who, because we didn't show up to see the unit we called him to see right on time (we were like 2 minutes late), decided he had misremembered, and drove all the way across town because he thought we wanted to see a unit all the way across town, and didn't answer his cell phone until he got there. But that kind of incompetence was rampant, that was just the funniest mistake. They were constantly calling us about the wrong unit, or letting us know about new available units that were completely nothing like what we told them we were interested in...

Investors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426397)

Investors, that plan to sink millions of dollars into a project, have no idea what it is for?

I would very much like to meet these "investors". I have many many projects for them to invest in.

how lightweight - good for sports? (1)

kencurry (471519) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426401)

If so, I would want these for skiing, running, biking & so on. Otherwise, I would just pull out the phone to look at it. BTW, I am not a 24/7 phone junkie at all. But for example when skiing with family & friends, texting and calling is a big pain, but a heads-up display would be perfect.

The real problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426403)

The real problem with Google Glass is that is isn't from Apple. If it were, it'd be truly revolutionary - wait, Apple does squat in terms of revolution. It'd he truly revolutionary in terms of how it's been executed, so much better, more polished, that anything similar that anyone else's done before. I mean, one could probably not live without it now.

But it isn't. It's from Google. It has more than one color from the same device, and it has concave surfaces. Hence, useless.

Nomenclator (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426439)

In Roman times, nobles had slaves who would whisper information in their ears about the people who were attending parties.

It would definitely be useful to have a facial recognition system for when I get dragged to my wife's business functions, so I could remember who they are, what they do, and what subjects are safe to bring up.

who cares about investors (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426443)

seriously, stop asking silly questions and thank google for starting the cyberpunk revolution. This is the first real step towards augmented reality and in our lifetimes to boot!

go read some shadowrun, since we'll be living it soon enough. our governments are already crap, corporations are people, 'hackers' are running rampant on big business and getting paid to do it.

sounds alot like a dystopian future to me ;)

Tracking. what else could it be? well, adverts 2! (1)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426447)

Google Glass is for:
-- tracking, nonstop, of every place you go (and if you're visit the bathroom, every place you go to go) and how long you stay there (hmm, in the bathroom that could tell them if you're going #1 or #2, eh? or will they just turn on the hidden microphone to listen for the tinkle-splash noises to figure that out?)
-- your random path (how fidgety you are when you are certain places, like do you stay put in ladies' wear, then swing by shoes in the deparment store before heading over to Easy spirit [wikipedia.org] for the shoes you really want?
-- how frequently you follow the same paths and when (e.g. do you hit the bar every friday? do you go to margarita happy hour on thursday night? Do you go to for tacos and to J.V.'s for the flying saucer and the chimichangas? [slashdot.org]
-- what do you look at and what are you looking at when you stay put vs. when you wander?
-- what exactly can they try to sell to you by knowing every bit of detail about you that they can learn?
:>(
All of that tracking will help them build up their massive dossiers on you, citizens! Beware! ;>)

Re:Tracking. what else could it be? well, adverts (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426571)

Awesome username.
Terrible smilies.
Get a nose job?

Re:Tracking. what else could it be? well, adverts (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426679)

Google Glass is for: -- tracking, nonstop

No that is what your phone is for. This may allow them to track people without phones using the camera. But people without phones have no money(or cheap) and are not worth tracking.

Obviously (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426457)

Porn recording and watching !

Seems obvious enough... (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426459)

Given the...how to put this politely... 'strongly habituated'... cellphone-checking among a large number of people, I'd say that the closest analogy would probably be selling infusion pumps to heroin junkies.

By making 'pulling out your phone and compulsively checking it all the goddamn time, even when in company' entirely seamless and automatic, Glass allows you to indulge your vices even further, while exhibiting the formerly required movements much less often...

I thought Sergei's(deeply weird) comments about being 'emasculated' by his phone were actually sort of telling with regards to the strange contradiction underlying the 'Glass' concept.

So, Sergei comes to the realization that damn do I spend a lot of my life, even when I'm ostensibly doing other things, basically poking at the little colored lights that live inside my cellphone, what am I doing? However, instead of adopting the "Hmm, maybe I should try doing less of that" approach, he goes for the "I know, I'll build a system where I no longer find myself clutching my cellphone alarmingly frequently; because it's hovering in front of my eye all the time!".

Good for nothing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426479)

You know, even with computers many people thought they are useless. I don't say Google Glass has to be really usefull, but only time can reveal that.

Transformational tech ... (2)

MondoGordo (2277808) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426489)

Is the reality of technology that is truly transformational that you can't define what it's for ... the smartphone is transformational tech but nobody realized that when it was first created, it was just a phone that could save your contact list and run a few games to kill time. so nobody asked if it was being over hyped it just got sold as a phone with additional features. Nobody asked what graphene is for, another transformational tech advance that is finding dozens of uses that it's creators never envisioned ... GGlass will find it's purpose ... HUDs are all the rage in fighter jets for a reason GGlass is a HUD for your life ... we all live on our smartphones. It's inevitable that this or a similar tech will become as ubiquitous in society as HUDs are in fighter jets... and for much the same reason.

Isn't it obvious what these glasses are for? (1)

DrXym (126579) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426495)

It's so people in social situations and even strangers can instantly identify assholes by the little light on their glasses which shows they're more interested in their email or augmented naked boobie apps than their physical surroundings.

It's a scouter (1)

p00kiethebear (569781) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426539)

You can measure power levels with it, duh.

Re:It's a scouter (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426843)

Power Levels == Estimated Wealth
Sales Clerks, debt collectors, politicians, and pick pockets will use facial reconition to find out how much your worth.

Well... (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426553)

  • Facial recognition software can pull up names from the library of tagged images in social networks, never forget who that person is or where you met them again.
  • Chuckle uncontrollably for seemingly no reason at all to those around you as friends send you the latest funny pic they've discovered.
  • While riding through town (as a passenger I hope) you can see the sales shop owners have posted on their Google Earth coupon layer. Could you do that with a phone? Yes, but you won't stare constantly through the AR display. With Google Now trying to figure out what you actually like.
  • Take discrete up-close pictures of muscley men, curvaceous cleavage, plumber cracks, and other such incredible things. People of Walmart website will explode with new pictures.
  • Get hassled by cops for simply looking their way...
  • Further wallow in A.D.D. with music playing in your ear buds while you do your (home) work, a TV on in the background, a wiki page open on your computer (just behind the video game), text messages being typed on your phone, and now pron that no one but you can see!
  • Wave at perfect strangers as you manipulate the augmented reality display with your hands (camera detects hands as "pointers") -- It's like when someone says hello to you in the super market you turn and say, "Uh, Hi! Do I know you?" and they frown and point to their hands free headset... only this time you can exchange gestures instead of dirty looks.

Basically, imagine all the cool and kind of creepy stuff you can do with your cell phone, if only you could stare through the camera display all the time, and people wouldn't frown at you pointing your cell's cam right at them, and looking at it instead of them. That said, expect to have folks request you, "Take off that damn camera when I'm talking to you."

I can think of a few uses for it.. (1)

Adult film producer (866485) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426557)

While shopping it would be kinda of clever while looking at product numbers if it showed me competing prices on amazon/walmart/etc. Or when I'm at the library it would read the ISBN and display other titles by the author... or when travelling abroad it could offer a translation of items on a menu.

Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426565)

The same thing the internet is for... PORN

WE ALREADY KNOW HOW TO WORK THE MIRROR API. (2, Informative)

Haxagon (2454432) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426573)

This is absolute bullshit. If anyone who approved this fucking article knew what they were talking about, they would know that Google held a Glass developer conference wherein they explain the capabilities of Glass, guidelines, and API abilities.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/5/4186182/google-explains-how-to-create-glass-services [theverge.com]

Fucking idiots. The entire Mirror API is explained in that video. Developers(or anyone) who have done a simple Google search know how the hell to develop for Glass right now, why doesn't the author of this /. post?

Re:WE ALREADY KNOW HOW TO WORK THE MIRROR API. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426669)

This is absolute bullshit.... this fucking article ...Fucking idiots. ... how the hell to develop for Glass right now...

U mad?

Instructions (5, Interesting)

meta-monkey (321000) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426585)

As a DIY kinda guy who does his own auto maintenance, fixes stuff around his house, cooks, assembles toys for his kid, etc, the immediate thing that would absolutely make me buy one of these is just the ability to present instructions in front of my face without me having to look away from what I'm doing.

How many times have I been looking at my engine and gotten lost thinking, "Wait, was that bolt on the left side or the right side?" and had to stop and reach for the manual or the instructions I had loaded up on my tablet. Or been holding three pieces of baby furniture together with one hand while rummaging through my tool belt to get the right screws and then realized "crap, does this part take the long screw or the medium long screw?" and had to put the whole thing back down to reach for the instructions. If I had a hands-free display showing me the instructions it would be way easier.

And the instructions don't even need to be digitized already and downloaded from the manufacturer's website. Glass has a camera, so before I get started, look at the instructions and snap a few high-res pics.

Eventually, if such devices penetrate the market there might be a reason to use those QR codes. Companies could put out "Glass Enabled Instructions" where each part has a small code on it, so when you get to "Insert Rod A into Flange B" the instructions app would scan your visual field for the correct marker code on Rod A and give you a thumbs up. Which gives you all kinds of other applications for general education and training.

Also, whenever I'm taking something apart, I find myself grabbing my phone to snap pictures during the disassembly, so when it comes time to stick all the color-coded but otherwise unmarked wires back into the posts on the PCB I have a quick reference for what it looked like when I started. With Glass, fuck, not only could I take stills without rummaging for my phone, I could just record a video of the whole process and then scrub back through it if I was unsure of how anything fit together during reassembly.

Yeah, I'll buy one just for that.

Re:Instructions (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426837)

Or annoying

Real estate? (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426587)

I bet every real estate agent in the world would like one of these hooked up to a database of houses for sale, so they could instantly scan all the relevant information.

Is a smartphone with GPS not able to do any of this? How would Google Glass be anymore accurate than a GPS to be able to overlay the information properly as opposed to an "AR" app on a phone?

Maybe it could be useful for some things, especially games, but even in that situation, not having a HUD or anything distracting on the screen is seen as a benefit, so why would you want it IRL? Maybe it could be arranged into something more useful to you personally such as widgets on a desktop, but I can whip out my phone and check a few quick things already.

I just don't know if I want to always be seeing data. So it'd be easier and cheaper to whip out a smartphone instead of taking out my smartglasses and putting them on.

Culmination of Internet as technology (3, Funny)

sinij (911942) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426629)

This device is a culmination of everything internet stands for and a first attempt to have always-on interface directly with our sensory inputs.

It will finally allow us to browse porn and watch cat videos everywhere we go, 24/7.

augmented reality...eventually (1)

Chirs (87576) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426667)

Once this sort of thing is good enough then augmented reality will be the killer app.

Imagine driving in your car with the GPS route you need to take overlaid onto the actual road, or repairing your car/computer/whatever with instructions pointing to each part to remove/replace in sequence along with tips on how to properly do it. Imagine meeting people and seeing their name and a brief biography floating in between you. Virtual geo-tagging left at physical landmarks by previous people. Heck, I could see people having fun with virtual redecorating (preferably leaving the walls/furniture where they really are).

Right now, however, it's nowhere near seamless enough to handle that effectively.

Eh? (2)

DeathToBill (601486) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426675)

And investors not understanding what they are investing in is news because... why again?

Have you not followed the last five years?

pricey (1)

stewsters (1406737) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426713)

$1500 is to expensive for me. I'm going to order the occulus rift devkit for $300, a webcam for < $50, and a roll of duct tape from my garage. I can pipe the webcam video into a corner of the rift and use a lot more space for watching things. You also will look more bad-ass walking down the street with a full face enclosure.

Fake web site, nobody notices. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426735)

You guys are getting really conditioned at believing anything you see.

Social Issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#43426757)

I think a lot of people are going to see you walking toward them wearing these glasses and they are going to quickly turn around and walk the other way to get out of your line of sight. I can see people at bars and parties literally getting this device slapped off their face because they looked at the wrong person. You might as well have a sign on your forehead that says 'punch me!' - mark my words, this device is going to cause a lot of fights. You can hate the hipster for wearing retro tech or using a manual typewriter in a cafe, but that is just a minor annoyance. In order to truly infuriate people, take video of them without their permission. That's askin' for a stranglin'!

Healthcare! (4, Insightful)

ZaphDingbat (451843) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426761)

Good grief, people! Healthcare!

"Glass, call the RT." "This is the RT. Can I help you?" "Can you have a look at this man's breathing? We're not sure what's going on..."

Killer App (1)

JeanCroix (99825) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426803)

I want it to list possible responses during conversations. For example:

- Yes/No

- Or what?

- Go away

- Please come back later

- Fuck you, asshole

- Fuck you

Innovation. (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | 1 year,7 days | (#43426819)

The reaction to Google Glass reminds me of the first tablet push over 10 years ago. The so-called experts dismissed it as pointless. They couldn't see beyond the current technological limitations and appreciate the massive potential in the technology.

Sure, those tablets had limitations. The resistive touch screen left a lot to be desired and Windows XP wasn't really tablet friendly. But the first time, years before the iPad came along, Sony tablet in hand as I sat on a subway in Asia, browsing the web on WiFi, I really understood the potential of this thing.

That's the problem with these experts, particularly since they're in a position to shape public opinion. Someone like Google, back then it was Microsoft and hardware makers, gambles on a truly innovative idea. They push something out that might not be truly ready for the mass market, but it fosters evolutionary innovation and refinement now that there's a bit of a technological goal established. Instead at the very least offering appreciation, the experts deride them for foisting an unfinished, poorly conceived product on consumers.

A few years later, after the technology has matured, Apple comes along with the same idea and these same experts gush over the thing like Jesus Christ was resurrected in gadget form. They brand the people Apple has great innovators on par with the likes of humanity's most important inventors. They conveniently ignore that Apple's success came on the backs of others.

Without question, Apple deserves credit for the implementation. The guys who came up with the ideas had enough of a head start that they could have evolved it into a successful product. So that's the question here, will Google be able to make this thing work, or is someone else going to come along and make it better.

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