Google Glass – Criticisms on Google Glass (Even Before it is Actually Out in the Market)
As Google uncovers its latest invention to the prying eyes of the public, and distributes models to a number of its spectators, it opens itself to various discriminations and suggestions. This trial period is said to be for the public to be able to express their opinions on Google Glass, what they’d like to modify, add, or remove. Google Glass was proclaimed one of the “Best Inventions of the Year 2012” by New York Times magazine (along with Curiosity Rover). However, the innovation is far from perfect, and Google still has quite a long way to go before producing a genuinely functional device set apart from other current smart devices.
Many critics find wearing Glass in public quite silly. Not many people like to appear in public looking like some lieutenant from Star Trek. Although I this can vaguely be attributed to the fact that Glass isn’t widely used yet. Some people, like myself, actually find Glass’ appearance cool but for the sake of the tech-savvy community, and the fashion nazis, it wouldn’t hurt Google to make certain modifications in their device, or simply produce pink ones, perhaps.
Glass’ functions are also quite questionable for some who still believe that human race isn’t that lazy to opt to wear a computer on their temples. Also, despite all the convenience that it could offer, Google Glass does not serve as a fully functional substitute to mobile phones. As a matter of fact, there are functions which Glass can only perform when it is connected to another smart phone, such as GPS capability (since it does not have GPS installed), and of course, text messaging. Smartphone users are familiar with the mass of notifications that their devices get every day. Some critiques also wonder how Google would manage these notifications while giving Glass users a hassle-free experience with their devices.
Countries, like Russia and others within USSR, have already opted to ban the device even before it officially lands the market because of the privacy issues that comes with it. Even some bars in the United States have prohibited visitors to use Glass inside the premises. Others might find this silly but the possibilities of privacy and rights violation really is inevitable with the emergence of Glass where videos can be taken without much notice, unless Google finds a way to impend the taking of pictures or recording without the permission of the other party. There are also arising criticisms to the possibility of people using Glass while driving which may cause traffic accidents.
All right, so Google Glass is far from being the most ideal gadget yet but we must also acknowledge that no other manufacturers have ventured into this technology before, and Google has stepped up by taking the challenge of exploring this field.