The company arrives at a critical juncture for wearable computers. Google Glass — the web giant’s computerized googles project — has sparked a cultural debate. The devices have been derided as awkward, creepy, and de-humanizing, harbingers of Orwellian mass surveillance and markers of how intimate moments have been permanently corrupted by technology. And they aren’t even available to the public yet.
But even as controversies engulf Glass, we’re seeing signs of how such wearables might fit harmoniously into society. From the technical side, Meta is working to improve projection techniques and form factors, allowing for cooler devices that can project information into the normal field of vision, eliminating the tell-tale diagonal gaze required with Glass. On the sociological side, we may even see greater acceptance of computer glasses, social behavior experts say.
For supposedly smart people, geeks are having a truly idiotic discussion about the whole concept of these glasses.
….awkward, creepy, and de-humanizing, harbingers of Orwellian mass surveillance and markers of how intimate moments have been permanently corrupted by technology.
I’m not sure how any of this is remedied or mitigated by making the glasses look “cooler.”
Unless you’re so shallow and trivial that your own metrics for “cool” trump everything else. Unfortunately, a great deal of geek culture is exactly like that.
Sheep with gadgets. Bah.