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With No Guidance From Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories

Soulskill posted about 8 months ago | from the we'll-let-you-know-what-you-can't-do-after-you've-done-it dept.

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Google remains tight-lipped about its roadmap for Google Glass, and its population of early-adopter 'Explorers' remains small. Nonetheless, a growing collection of engineers, designers, and artists are creating their own accessories and add-ons for Glass — some of them useful, others totally whimsical. For example, there's Brooklyn designer Todd Blatt, who's relying on a 3D printer to churn out Glass accessories such as tiny flower-pots and pencil holders (not so useful) as well as a plastic camera cover (useful, at least for anyone in the vicinity who likes their privacy). Small firms such as GPOP and Remotte are likewise exploring how to best skin, dangle, screw, and attach hardware to Glass that makes it operate in whole new ways. (The avenues for exploration have opened up with the second generation of Google Glass, which includes a small screw in the right arm that can double as a mounting point for new tech.) Google seems to have no choice but to let this growing ecosystem thrive, even if some of the modifications (such as camera covers) don't necessarily suit its interests. But will the company actually say something about it?"

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first poast (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095535)

nigger faggot

Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095555)

I long for the days when technology was driven by real needs, and not just by pointless hipster desires.

Earlier advances brought us some real gains. I remember when the PC first came out. They allowed for a lot of tedious work to be done much more efficiently. They allowed us to do marvelous things that we couldn't do before.

That type of practical technology is on its way out these days. Now all we get are hipster-driven shitfests. Whoop dee doo, you can attach a pencil holder to your privacy-invading glasses. That's really fucking great, son.

I really do wish that the computing industry would dump all of the hipsters who have ruined it. Silicon Valley is a shadow of its former self, new technological developments are more about hipster vanity than utility, and privacy has been shit upon and flushed down the toilet by hipsters.

Get off my lawn with your goddamn hipster glasses. Thanks.

Re:Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#46095685)

You appear to be complaining about the entire industry of personal computing's equivalent of eternal september. This decline actually started when Visicalc was invented.

Re:Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095837)

They should just jump to the end result, the NSA App.

sends everything it sees and hears to the new data centers in Iowa and Utah

Re:Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (2)

cosm (1072588) | about 8 months ago | (#46095889)

Though I can empathize with the spirit of your post, the technological landscape is still driven by supply and demand now just as it was back then. It's just now there are more people than ever beginning to realize what is possible with technology, so the demand ebbs and flows in a more diverse manner than when only a select few of intellectuals understood what could be done.

You should be thankful; though the signal-to-noise ratio is fairly low in terms of groundbreaking devices vs. hipster trash, the magnitude of the signal itself is still larger than in any previous decade previously and you can still get more amazing hardware+software that is practical and outstanding.

If you watch a lot of television and consume any amount of mainstream tripe, then I could see one's opinion being jaundiced. You have to see the forest through the trees man!

Re:Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (1)

minstrelmike (1602771) | about 8 months ago | (#46096349)

You have to see the forest through the trees man!

Whoa. that just gave me a new idea for a glass app.
Much better than my first product idea--a roll of glass wipes set up to look like a roll of toilet paper you can attach to the side of your googlass.

Re:Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (1)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about 8 months ago | (#46096295)

It's fantastic how targeted advertising is the primary driver of technological innovation these days. =(

Re:Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (3, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | about 8 months ago | (#46101655)

I long for the days when technology was driven by real needs, and not just by pointless hipster desires. Earlier advances brought us some real gains. I remember when the PC first came out. They allowed for a lot of tedious work to be done much more efficiently. They allowed us to do marvelous things that we couldn't do before. That type of practical technology is on its way out these days. Now all we get are hipster-driven shitfests.

Whoever said "youth is wasted on the young" was absolutely right. Those days are still here, kid! If you had been alive in the 1970s you would have said the same thing about Pong and Space Invaders, while Wozniac and others were developing PCs. Some incredibly useful things that have come along in the last two decades: cell phones, digital HD flat screen TVs, feature phones (more useful than cells), CrystaLens eye implants, cochlear ear implants, hand transplants, tablets (believe it or not, these are used in industry), cars that park themselves... hell, kid, what the fuck do you want, a new miracle every damned week?

Off your lawn, my ass...

Re:Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (1)

paazin (719486) | about 8 months ago | (#46101929)

The hell? Since when are hipsters into wearable computing including Google Glass?
Hipsters are generally quite the opposite in inclination, part of the rise of analog and things that explicitly rebel against the technological trend.

They won't say anything. (3, Insightful)

Forbo (3035827) | about 8 months ago | (#46095557)

They're crowdsourcing the R&D of accessories. Why pay for it when you have hundreds of devoted followers who will do it for you?

Re:They won't say anything. (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 months ago | (#46095593)

They're crowdsourcing the R&D of accessories. Why pay for it when you have hundreds of devoted followers who will do it for you?

And then you buy them out.

Not really a bad idea, for the seller that is. Come up with something really novel and you could be racing yachts with Larry Ellison before you know it.

A sliding camera cover should be built-in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095567)

Anyone who wears Google Glass into a restroom, a locker room, or a strip club (I'm sure there are many other locations that will be named) without a camera cover is asking for trouble. I've posted about this on Google+ and been jeered at for my trouble. My response? Fools rush in...
I am looking forward to using Glass myself. I want to use it for checklists (leaving the house), shopping lists, GPS navigation, and I'm sure I'll find many other uses after I finally get one. But I'll have a cover (or two).

In before the cyborgs.. (-1, Troll)

anti-todo (3513619) | about 8 months ago | (#46095579)

Maybe they can make a face shield attachment accessory to deaden the blows of the punches they deserve for wearing google glass in public. Glassholes.

Re:In before the cyborgs.. (1)

Forbo (3035827) | about 8 months ago | (#46095649)

Maybe they can make a face shield attachment accessory to deaden the blows of the punches they deserve for wearing google glass in public. Glassholes.

...something, something, punishment fitting crime, mumble mumble...

Re:In before the cyborgs.. (1)

Cryacin (657549) | about 8 months ago | (#46095683)

Diverting all 9 volts to my deflector shields! The glasses, they do nothing!

Re:In before the cyborgs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46096191)

Diverting all 9 volts to my deflector shields! The glasses, they do nothing!

The quote is "My eyes! The goggles do nothing!".
It is not "The goggles! They do nothing!".
I see this one posted incorrectly more often than I see it posted correctly.

Re:In before the cyborgs.. (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#46095731)

And the people who would actually resort to such measures deserve being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for assault.

Since we're talking about justice, after all...

Re:In before the cyborgs.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46096651)

The only "justice" (always a loaded term) in this scenario is the would-be "assaulters" not getting caught.

Re:In before the cyborgs.. (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#46096893)

That might be harder than it sounds, since google glass *is* a camera, after all.

Re:In before the cyborgs.. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 8 months ago | (#46101783)

In before the cyborgs? Nope, we cyborgs have been around for years, long before Google Glass. I became a cyborg in 2006, I know several other cyborgs. One guy I know is both cyborg and chimera.

As far as shaking up the market goes... (2)

gr4nf (1348501) | about 8 months ago | (#46095589)

...they'll probably make it as far as iPhone accessory makers have. The most successful will have strictly protective or ergonomic function. Any hardware that attempts to interface with the device itself will be: 1. For a tiny niche market (scientific equipment, RC transmitter, etc...) 2. Rapidly adopted and replaced by branded version (game controllers) 3. Fought by firmware updates till it's useless (ethernet adapter, iPhone interface cable (that would be interesting), etc...)

The "Remotte" is almost what I'd want (1)

Qzukk (229616) | about 8 months ago | (#46095591)

Nobody's going to spend their day wiggling their finger around on their ear.

The problem is that the "Remotte" is basically trying to cram everything into one hard to hold candybar with 15 flashing lights (wtf), when what we really need is something shaped more like a Wii nunchuck.

Rule 34 (3, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | about 8 months ago | (#46095597)

The killer app, apparently, is going to be p0rn [mercurynews.com] . An app [huffingtonpost.com] apparently is already in the works, though Google officially says such things are not to be done.

My question is what does Google, in the current form, expect the glasses to be used for. In the current incarnation, it is the equivalent of wearing mirrors on the top of your shoes. Releasing them without some alternative storyline was a mistake.

Now, when these become available I can see buying a pair and putting prescription lenses in them. OTOH, it does show that Google does not really know what to do with a new product. Everything else it has done in the consumer space has been a refinement or copy. Search using graph theory, phones that were open and now less so, a languishing Office app. What it does with Glasses will determine the future. It could be really good, if they release as a tool instead of a toy.

Re:Rule 34 (4, Insightful)

foobar bazbot (3352433) | about 8 months ago | (#46095779)

My question is what does Google, in the current form, expect the glasses to be used for. In the current incarnation, it is the equivalent of wearing mirrors on the top of your shoes.

While I get the connection to Rule 34, I'm pretty sure Google Glass in its current form doesn't help you catch glimpses up strangers' skirts.

Re:Rule 34 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46121591)

It's only one addon away.

Motion Recharger (1)

jennatalia (2684459) | about 8 months ago | (#46095615)

Like watches, these should be used to charge the battery.

Where's my Geordi La Forge case mod? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095631)

Captain Picard to the bridge! Captain, we’ve got a problem with the warp core, or the phase inducers – or some other damn thing

Where's the fist attachment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095739)

I want to see an attachment with a fist which automatically punches the user in the face every few minutes. This would save onlookers the trouble and would thus be the most useful accessory possible.

Just off a cruise... (-1, Troll)

grub (11606) | about 8 months ago | (#46095753)


We had a family cruise last week. There was a glasshole walking around the ship for the duration. Why? WHY?!

Re:Just off a cruise... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095849)

Do you really care so much about how other people look?

Re:Just off a cruise... (1)

grub (11606) | about 8 months ago | (#46095935)

I never claimed to care how he looked.

It's the camera, not the looks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095939)

No, he just cares about being recorded by somebody. Because everybody knows that Google Glass is meant to be used for 24/7 recording of people, then posting that to YouTube or sharing it directly with the NSA, who uses that information to decide when they have the best opportunity to assassinate you for objecting to Big Brother control in an online posting.

Re:It's the camera, not the looks (2)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#46096135)

Why should a person who's minding their own business actually care if they happen to incidentally be in a video that somebody recorded near them? I don't see people jumping out of the way to avoid or threatening to assault people holding up cell phones when they are actively taking photographs or video in public. People just go on doing what they do.

Re:It's the camera, not the looks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46096925)

Why should a person who's minding their own business actually care if they happen to incidentally be in a video that somebody recorded near them?

The person could be in witness protection, or have moved across country to escape an abusive relationship. If a glasshole films them and put the video on youtube with a tagged location, that person might now be able to be found by someone that wants to hurt them.

Re:It's the camera, not the looks (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#46097443)

That's just as likely to happen with somebody pointing a cell phone to take a picture. How often does it happen?

Re:It's the camera, not the looks (1)

bloodhawk (813939) | about 8 months ago | (#46097453)

I see people walking around or avoiding people using there cell phones for video or photos all the time. There are many VALID reasons for not wanting to be recorded ranging from witness protection and hiding from people that pose a real physical threat to personal embaressment, cultural or religious beliefs or simply not wanting some asshole putting video or photos of them on the internet.

Re:It's the camera, not the looks (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#46099829)

People who dodge or walk around people taking video or photos aren't typically doing so because they have any kind of paranoia about who is taking picture or video that they might be in or what they might do with it, they are usually doing so out of respect for the person taking said picture or video, because presumably the thing being pointed at is what is interesting the person, and people who are simply walking by. That tends to happen only in the foreground, however... most people are unconcerned if they happen to be in the periphery or background of a video or photo taken at a public place because they have the sense to realize that they aren't generally going to be important enough to the people who are going to see the picture or video to worry about who they were or what they were doing.

People who are trying to hide from people who pose a physical threat to them are the exception, and not the norm. I do maintain that it's still not worth being physically violent, however. And even the law would agree.

Re:It's the camera, not the looks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46102383)

I see people walking around or avoiding people using there cell phones for video or photos all the time.

You really shouldn't have dropped out of school at such a young age. Go back and get your GED.

Re:It's the camera, not the looks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46098113)

Is it really asking too much that I don't want a fucking camera in my face (or the uncertainty whether someone is filming, since every device that people are addicted to these days has at least one camera) when I step outside? Glass or flip phone, it doesn't matter, it is equally irritating, obnoxious, and sketchy.

Re:It's the camera, not the looks (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 8 months ago | (#46098129)

Why should a person who's minding their own business

Because they don't want someone else minding it.

actually care if they happen to incidentally be in a video that somebody recorded near them?

Why shouldn't they?

Re:Just off a cruise... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46097389)

Did you report him for odd behaviour around children? I'm not saying that all Google Glass users are paedophiles, but there does seem to be a strong correlation.

Douche Goggles (-1, Troll)

cosm (1072588) | about 8 months ago | (#46095817)

Somebody please make a self-destruct system like in mission impossible that explodes during first wearing.

The revolution is here, folks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46095965)

3D printing once again shows the Luddites how we are weeks away from fundamental revolutions in physics and our social organization. I can already taste the 3D printed steaks in my 3D printed house. It's a revolution. Makers. Flower pots. It's a fucking camera on a glasses frame.

Revo. Fucking. Lution.

2014 will be the new year 1. We are now Year 1 3D.

Where are the nose and mustache add-ons? (1)

printman (54032) | about 8 months ago | (#46096513)

and other "add-ons" in the same spirit?

That's what I get for skimming... (1)

Wycliffe (116160) | about 8 months ago | (#46096959)

The first time I read that I thought it said someone had put a screw in their right arm to attach accessories
then I realized they were talking about the right arm of the glasses not of the person.

useful accessory (0)

bloodhawk (813939) | about 8 months ago | (#46097327)

I would pay for an accessory that interferes with the electronics in google glass anytime it is on within range of me!

People doing stuff without being told what to do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46097767)

My god, this is revolutionary!

Creating your own Glass accessories (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46098007)

... will work well, until Google has access to a nice range of viable examples, copies/buys a few and kills the rest off by relocating that screw/updating the EULA.

Yep, a nice pool of free-of-charge designers, which can also be discarded at a whim.

Anti-glass hipsters (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46098719)

Camera glasses/buttons/ties/hats are 1990s technology. Get over it. Just because the camera has removed the superfluous intermediary step of connecting a USB cable or inserting a micro-SD card does not make this very-conspicuous-among-"covert-video-recording-devices" technology a sudden game-changer of epic privacy invading proportions. They have done literally NOTHING that obnoxious-facebook-users haven't been doing with photo-tags for the better half of a decade.

The next version of google glass will have a "video recording" light. GUARANTEED. It's a beta release of experimental hardware. Get over yourselves! Nobody gives a shit about you. Anyone who is getting butt-hurt is deserving of their house being wallpapered in U MAD memes.

Half the cops walking the streets are wearing technology of a similar vein and(unlike google) law enforcement have the stated mission of putting you in prison. You (the general public) goose-stepped your way in to a police state and now that the technology exists at a low enough cost to be ubiquitous & to allow Joe Sixpack to "watch the watchers" with ease you dumb shits have invented the world "glassholes" to justify your gadget envy,

Re: Anti-glass hipsters (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46102313)

U MAD

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