Beyond The Hype: A Critical Look At Google Glass

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Beyond The Hype: A Critical Look At Google Glass
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While there was initially awe and wonder, many are now recoiling and balking at the idea of Google Glass. This device seamlessly combines computers and glasses to create a mobile device unlike any other currently available. While this is certainly a great way to merge man and machine, many are now wondering if such a merger is really a good idea.

Google Glass Problems

There are numerous problems to overcome before the device is ready for the public, and some experts are saying that it will never be acceptable when in the presence of other people.

Around People

Have you ever tried talking to somebody while he or she is using a smartphone? It doesn’t matter how much you try, the device will distract the other person. The major difference between this scenario and one involving Google Glass is that is obvious the person is paying attention to something else.

If someone is using Google Glass, then you can look directly into his or her eyes without knowing if the person is paying attention to you or the device. While many people said that smartphones would never be accepted in public due to a similar stigma, the problem seems worse with this device.

Another issue to consider is voice commands. This isn’t like a smartphone where someone can quietly use his or her apps by tapping the screen. Google Glass relies mostly on voice commands. This means that users will be awkwardly shouting phrases only meant to be acknowledged by the Google Glass device.

Eyesight Damage

While this can certainly be fixed in the future, many reports are showing that Google Glass has the potential to cause devastating damage to your eyesight because of some fundamental design flaws. If this problem becomes widespread, then this and other similar devices would be kept away from the public for years.

If this type of device is to thrive in the public market, then manufacturers must ensure that eyesight damage is minimized or eliminated.


It’s fairly obvious when somebody is recording you with his or her smartphone. There’s no other reason for someone to point his or her smartphone directly at you. Things aren’t quite as obvious with Google Glass. A user could potentially record everything in his or her life and share the video feed on social media.

While this application seems harmless, this could lead to a major breach of personal privacy. Although this device will have a light on it to show when the user is recording, this light can easily be hidden or disguised.

Personal Safety

There are hundreds of reports and case studies showing that mobile phones aren’t safe to use when engaged in activities such as driving, or even walking on the sidewalk. People are more likely to have accidents, walk into traffic, or just bump into others while using a mobile device. The same is true of hands-free usage because your attention is still split between the device and other activities.

If this same device were strapped to your head, then it would be even harder to pay attention to surroundings. While there aren’t many studies on this subject yet, many are assuming that the potential hazards make this an unsuitable device for public use.

While Google Glass is incredibly innovative and has ground-breaking features, many people are wondering if this is how mobile technology should advance. Is humanity ready for this merger of man and machine, or will the device flop due to its safety and health issues? Google has a lot of work to do before this device will be ready for the public.

Dale Vernon is a freelance tech blogger. He is most eager to see how Google Glass might be incorporated into various techical practices, from pipeline engineering to construction project management.

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