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You'll have to wait a "year-ish" for Google Glass

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In an interview with the BBC, Google's Eric Schmidt said users will have to "develop some new social etiquette."

Google's "Project Glass" has seen quite a bit of buzz since the wearable communication device was made available to a limited amount of beta testers earlier this year. In an interview with the BBC, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discussed when Google Glass will be commercially available and how the device will change human interaction and social norms.

Schmidt had this to say about the timeline for Google Glass: "It's fair to say that thousands of these will be in use by developers over the next months, and then based on their feedback we will make some product changes, and it's probably a year-ish away."

Currently, Google Glass is only available to the hand-picked group of testers who shelled out $1,500. Many already have their device and are writing about their experiences using it.

Schmidt acknowledged Glass's cost, saying "the price tag was set for developers for early test. We don't have news to announce there. I'm not sure I would call it a luxury price, but it's a pretty high price."

The public's reaction to Google Glass has been mixed. It seems that people are either really excited to try the new technology, or they worry that it will become the downfall of normal human interaction and privacy. 

"The fact of the matter is we'll have to develop some new social etiquette," Schmidt told the BBC. "It's obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct, and indeed you have this problem already with phones."

Working the specialty coffee scene near Google's San Francisco office, I have had the pleasure of serving several people wearing Google Glass and I'll admit that it is very distracting to try to have a normal conversation with someone when you are not sure if you are being recorded. I am constantly wondering where the footage will end up and I instantly become extremely self aware and uncomfortable. (In my dystopian future, I imagine people checking their Google Glass at the door before entering speakeasy-type establishments. A vision that may not be too far-fetched.)

Schmidt addressed the issue of privacy: "Companies like Google have a very important responsibility to keep your information safe. You have responsibility as well to understand what you are doing and how you are doing it and obey appropriately and also keep everything up to date."

You can check out the full BBC interview here.

Comments

Total comments: 76
Wildbegonia

No, really, soon we all will have to watch out for the 'daytime zombies' wearing these "googles". As a walker, I am tired of been rammed or crashed by people walking into or by me while texting. In Montreal, a girl got killed by a Metro train. She just walked into the opening/gap between two trains while texting. Not to mention the car accidents caused by people driving while on a handheld (or handless) phone or texting.

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Wildbegonia

Ok glass, jump off the bridge...

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OneGuy

I am thinking of putting a small red X on my glasses to explicitly show I do not want to be recorded, I want to stay private, and I give no consent. Let the cam person digitally remove me from the scene if he does not mind reality-altering. This would need to catch on and it should not be a problem -- becoming second nature once somebody gets reminded of it.

Additionally, Google glasses should glow red if recording, which is consistent with today's mikes being on.

All in all, I'd love to have an image from my car's rear-facing camera right at my glasses. The audio proximity feedback is lousy and a central display counter-productive as I am turning my head/body around to check clearances.

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Anepo

I wont talk to a person unless they take the glass off before our conversation.
I dont like this crap at all, it can do great harm.

Also tinfoil hat: the us government could have a live feed from anyone wearing the glass, would NOT be the first time google and the US government share private and personal data from someone that uses any service owned by google.

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Jack L Casner

yet one more reason to show your paranoia.

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HubertChen

It seems the problem is not with google glass but with western society which thinks it is normal or even necessary to be duplicitous. Then google glass appears like a threat to unveil it. If you are consistent and ethical you would not care to be published at any time. And in case you have to deal with confidential information, you have to trust the other side anyways not to publish you. You do not need google glass to secretly record a conversation. Plenty of methods available already. Google glass is simply a new gadget aiming to make communication more easy. That is a good thing.

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Buckyuk

I dont want to wait a year lol :-(

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TWIZEEL

I'm one of "old-timer's mind" and want to tell HappyGuy - dont be like frisking puppy. Cause it have made not for you to have a fun. But for serious wolfs, who want to know all about you. I dont worry about spys, that is more about advertising sharks and manipulative politics.

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Wildbegonia

I still would prefer a Superman's vision. ;)

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electrophoto

Happy to wait: FOREVER...
Don't want..don't need.
another mindless gadget for the blog-stuff...
also I wouldn't want anyone wearing it around me and recording...

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CameraGuyTV

I was really excited to read about this product, and now have seen some footage in action. As a Photographer, and part time journalist, this looks amazing.

But, like our friend from the coffee shop said, I think I would be uncomfortable talking with someone using it. I don't want everything I saw to be sitting on someones youtube account.

In Canada, there has been much discussion recently about people posting video of a sensitive nature about attacks on women - specifically school girls who have a little more to drink, and either get raped, or - well you get the point. We are starting to talk about laws to prevent the exploitation of people.

Now, I'll guarantee the first large orders will be from Homeland Security, and Police departments and Border services - basically they will use these tools.

George Orwell might have been about 30 years early in his prediction, but he got it right. Big Brother is Watching...

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spigot

They should have gone with contacts instead.

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HappyGuy

>> I instantly become extremely self aware and uncomfortable.

Funny, what immediately popped into this old-timer's mind was how I felt the first few times I was confronted with a telephone answering machine on the other end. I got over that pretty quick.

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itzhak_

I'm still not comfortable with answering machines. I'm 28, by the way. Can't say I'm looking forward to people all around me turning into walking answering machines...

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Raincheck

I foresee wearers not being marveled at for their google glass; more they will be spurned for being a google ass.

This is Schmidt and google just using the force of their windfall profits to elbow their way to what seems to be the next logical iteration of technology. I'm sure there was no small measure of "get the jump on Jobs" factor that was at play in this development.

There's a much higher probability that this will be amusing to watch than it being any kind of amazing.

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Michael Ma

It is because people are expecting too much, and the product currently is underwhelming. But we must start now, and I'm sure it will be just like people imagined it 10 years from now.

At the moment, it's about as good as an iWatch that can relay some information from your smartphone. It has a camera that captures images on demand, but we all know how limited that still is. Just try it on your smartphone. Battery and processing is nowhere near efficient enough to handle an all day's worth of active image analysis to give you an altered reality. And if it could do that, it seems like we still don't know how to overlay images into our direct view. I think we'll need a breakthrough in technology for that.

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark

simple--Have a red led illuminated when the user is recording just like the ones on the top of TV studio cameras that let the newscasters know they are live and being recorded. No big deal. Then you know when you are being recorded.

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MPA1

But you just paint the LED over like lots of people do on video cameras...

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agentul

i don't approve of such practices, but did you notice that the GH2 doesn't have any telltale sign that it is recording video? this actually bothers me, because i don't know when the camera stops recording. i don't know how the GH3 is, but you can already record covertly using existing equipment.

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Antony John

Excellent buy for terrorists.
Someone can remotely tell you how to set the explosives correctly.
Security issues abound with this type of device.

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Chekr

Sorry to be blunt but this exactly the mindset that puts in place the pointless mechanisms in use by the FAA and other agencies. What is different about wearing google glass as opposed to receiving direction over a mobile phone? Just because this is a relatively new application of existing technology does not mean it poses any threat additional to what we have today. The only threat is the one to my civil liberties by people who think like you and the fact that politicians will pander to the lowest common denominator.

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agentul

just like how free internet in airplanes will allow people to watch porn, right?

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MPA1

Happy to wait 10 decades for them.

Utterly pointless as far as I can see - and what happens if you already have to wear glasses?

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Lars Rehm

Somehow I get the feeling Google Glass won't be a huge success with our readers :-)

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agentul

it will be a success with "iphoneographers" and that guy who has a truck with 4000W of strobe light.

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Deleted pending purge

You think there is a possibility that people will make a show of taking off the Googlass (c), and continue recording with their wrist watches or car key fobs or buttonhole cameras in peace? ;)
The only problems I can foresee are more related to such recording's usage (same as it is today).
An illustrative case might look like:
- "I saw you on YT! Weren't you supposed to be working yesterday? And who's the bimbo?"...
... resolving itself with:
- "I Want A Divorce", or
- "You're Fired", or even
- "You have a right to remain silent..." etc.
;)

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Wildbegonia

Maybe they will try them on dogs or cats...

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Manfred Bachmann

I´m not sure many people would try this longer then one week, because the risk of a broken nose is very high.

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Antony John

Funny you should say that. I was just thinking to myself whether the lenses were unbreakable or not.

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AZBlue

Absolutely the dumbest product idea ever. Many of us spend thousands of dollars to AVOID wearing glasses and Google thinks we are going to want to wear these idiotic things that make us look like sheep?

Huge product fail.

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tkbslc

I'm waiting for the Google Retainer.

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Trollshavethebestcandy

Might need to keep a lawyer on retainer for all the attacks insults and slaps in the face you will be getting wearing these.

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Wildbegonia

Best one! Like and agree (or should I say, wait)

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tkbslc

I Predict this will be like the Segway. You see a few wealthy weirdos using them every once in a while, but really not even close to mainstream. I remember the inventor of that product telling anyone who would listen that is would change society and transportation as we know it. Nope.

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agentul

and then he died. are you saying...?

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tkbslc

No, Dean Kamen is still alive. One of the investors in his company died riding a Segway, so that might be what you are remembering.

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agentul

yeah, i think it got reported wrongly in the news over here.

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OneGuy

Segway is operating a fleet in Prague in the pedestrian zones. The thing is that personal injury laws are weak-to-nonexistent in this country and they are just taking advantage of it. It is very uncomfortable walking around these riders.

I witnessed a situation where one rider's wheel hit a post, Segway falling on a rider, spinning wildly and unpredictably -- and people cheering in response. There is nothing worse than getting ran over by Segway on your vacation, particularly in Prague.

The idea is to strengthen the privacy laws in response to technology encroachment by Segway, Google, or iSomething.

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///M

have to ad, these fall into the "should remain vaporwear" bucket

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///M

kludgey... and there are already hordes of spy cams that you could not detect like these dino-glasses already on the market (see http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/2009/07/summer-crafts.html)

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RichRMA

Wow! You mean another device to contribute to people's inattention of their surroundings and to cause car crashes won't be available until 2014? That's terrible!

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Cailean Gallimore

Looks like cheap low-tech rubbish.

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ryansholl

It WILL change how humans interact.

Namely, the frequency of people randomly being spraypainted in the face will skyrocket.

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Gerard Hoffnung

You're probably right, I really do see fist fights or maybe much worse taking place over these intrusions on peoples privacy.

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Low Battery

At least the fights can be recorded so you can watch it later when you regain consciousness.....

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justmeMN

Future t-shirt slogan - Glassholes: Glock You!

(joke)

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agentul

it's not illegal to have a pet skunk with you for defensive purposes.

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Anepo

And the number of car crashes will skyrocket

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Delacosta

I can actually see 'Glassholes' becoming the commonly accepted name for wearers of this device! Might want to copyright that word ;-)

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justmeMN

With Google Glass, now people can spend 24/7 disconnected from "in real life".

As an added bonus, they can look like Pathetic Google Borgs.

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Antony John

Resistance is futile?

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WT21

Google is evil.

My response to someone wearing this will be simple. I will not talk to you while you are wearing them, or if they are in sight. Put them away first.

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WT21

or maybe pull out my camera and start filming them, informing them I'm putting it up on YouTube entitled "Google Tool"

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tkbslc

I predict the new nickname for people who wear Google Glass will be a 3 letter word that rhymes with glass.

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MPA1

I agree. I already refuse to have phone conversations with organisations that tell me that the conversation is being recorded "for training purposes". Amex rang me the other day and said "Hi, I would like to talk to you about applying for a new card. Just to let you know, this conversation is being recorded, ok?" Me: "No. Good bye."

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Trollshavethebestcandy

Anyone who wears these is a useful idiot.

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agentul

useful in what way? future organ donor?

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Trollshavethebestcandy

A tool for Google and Govt domestic spy agencies. There will be "Glass Deaths" due to people not paying attention while driving ect. so yes more organ donors.

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agentul

more reason to run an hide in the mountains, where there's poor cell phone coverage.

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Dvlee

This creates something of a conflict of rights. The right to freely take videos and photographs and the right of individuals to not be photographed and recorded without their permission.

Photographers have been dealing with this conflict for ages, but this takes things to a whole new level.

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Mike Oo

A bigger issue is that people will be able to reverse people's likenesses in Google Image search and find out their identity. Try it, you can do it now from home already. Take a social media avatar, upload it to Google Image search and it will spit out their twitter, their facebook, etc. This is going to have major implications.

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dpmaxwell

@Dvlee: where exactly is the "right of individuals to not be photographed and recorded without their permission" found? Hate to break it to you but if you are in a public place, you have no such "right". In fact you are probably being recorded dozens if not hundreds of times per day without your knowledge now as it is.

Photographers deal with the issue of using someone's likeness for commercial purposes, which is different.

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skysi

I can't wait until I'll be able to brake those glasses :)

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skanter

Can't wait until you learn to spell!

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tkbslc

It's not his fault that Google Glass autotype picked the wrong form of break.

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graybalanced

Why? Will they be going too fast?

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RXVGS

Maybe he wants to stop google glasses.....

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Deleted pending purge

Well, someone can begin working on a wireless device that disables or scrambles all image and sound-recording gadgets within, say, 50 meters around it.
I imagine many would like to have something like that installed on their premises, so it should be on the shelves sooner than in a year-ish.
Unless, of course, some big money finds a way to make it illegal, by declaring that "personal freedom of recording has been taken from the people"...

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LensBeginner

It is enough to detonate a little atomic bomb, in order to exploit the EMP that ensues.
Or an e-bomb.
;-)
Disclaimer: don't try this at home!

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Dvlee

Our soldiers in Afghanistan carry with them a device called "Thor" that jams cell phone signals so that explosive devices cannot be remotely detonated. It weighs about twentyfive pounds.

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Dvlee

@ Old Arrow...I beleive it is already illegal to operate a jamming device but it is not illegal to construct a pysical barrier that blocks cell signals. Some movie theatres and restaraunts have installed copper sheeting to block cell signals from their establishments.

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Deleted pending purge

In the old days it was a great fad to carry huge transistor radios to the beach and annoy everybody around with loud music (there were no media drives then). A friend and I had a laugh, tweaking a pocket radio which was able to re-send. You only had to find the station the hooligans were listening to, and be within 100 meters from them. The ensuing microphony was astounding, and when the attacker-turn-victim started fiddling with buttons and knobs to "repair" - priceless!
Of course, modern jammers need not weigh that much (not having to be portable), but this could open an interesting field of "illegal vs. illegal".
On the more practical side, what would be effective against video? Low-grade moving / vibrating laser grid? IR? It should not affect vision, just render video record unusable...
Who knows, maybe there will be a worldwide award for it, like for human-powered flight, or for getting rid of fog from the airports. ;)

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Anepo

I would buy that product. Glass can go to hell.

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dpmaxwell

Pandora's box is already open. Privacy is dead. Or I should say, the illusion of privacy is dead.

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tazmac

No thanks!

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normanjay

Surely you could only legally wear these glasses in public and would have to remove them when entering private property? I can see "No google specs beyond this point" signs becoming popular and may be a good money-spinner for sign makers!

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