Google shoots back at Glass haters

Avatar By Aaron Sims | 7 years ago

Enough is enough.

That seems to be Google’s thought at the moment concerning its much maligned and mocked Glass technology, a wearable piece of smart gadgetry that still hasn’t hit the market or received an official release date, but which has nonetheless been a contentious discussion item for over a year now. On Thursday, Google published a blog titled “The Top 10 Google Glass Myths,” a list of items designed to debunk certain statements that have been made about Google Glass by everyone from tech industry analysts to privacy-obsessed activists.

Included on the list are supposedly untrue items like “Glass is the ultimate distraction from the real world,” “Glass is the perfect surveillance device,” and “Glass is banned…EVERYWHERE.” Each myth on the list was motivated by issues that have been discussed in relation to the Glass.

For instance, some have worried that, since the Glass essentially puts a full-fledged computer screen right in front of a user’s eye, it will distract from day-to-day living experiences. This thought has caused a bit of controversy about whether or not Glass users should be allowed to wear the device when driving a car. In Google’s estimation, however, the Glass offers the best of both worlds, providing the capabilities of a smartphone – from navigation to photography to text messaging – but providing them in such a way that allows users to access them while still remaining engaged with their surroundings.

The other big issues with the Glass – namely, that it presents a major threat to privacy and that many places have already banned the device – were also topics that Google worked to disprove with the blog post. Questions of privacy have been especially difficult for Google to deal with since the Glass was first announced, as it puts a camera right at someone’s eye level and could feasibly allow them to covertly capture footage of others. Google downplayed these claims, stating that the conspicuous nature of the Glass would always keep it from being a true spy device, and claiming that the Google Glass would pose no greater threat to privacy than cellphone cameras have.

As for the bans, the Glass won’t be welcomed everywhere, and Google is fine with that. As the myth blog pointed out, smartphones are also banned and restricted in certain places where they simply don’t belong, from casino floors to locker rooms. Google expects the same will be true with Glass.