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Head-mounted displays / sensors like Google Glass are:

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Creepy
  5718 votes / 32%
Cool
  2618 votes / 14%
Ugly
  1604 votes / 8%
Baffling
  1030 votes / 5%
Intriguing
  4958 votes / 27%
Short-sighted
  1324 votes / 7%
I've got my own adjective! (Explained in comments.)
  597 votes / 3%
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Head-mounted displays / sensors like Google Glass are:

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  • by J_Darnley (918721) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @08:43AM (#43761199)

    Display: fine. You can look at whatever you want while facing me.

    Sensor: creepy. I don't want you sending anything I do to advertisers.

  • by splitsevin (953745) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @09:03AM (#43761311)
    At two different events. The consensus is that they are creepy.

    Last night a company I'm helping build had a booth at Uncubed NYC. A guy came over with the glasses at the end of the night. He had a drink in his hand and had obviously been taking advantage of the free booze. He was an MBA-type douche with obnoxious semi-slurred questions about our app (ex. "So, why can't Google just build this?).

    As soon as he came over you could tell that everyone stiffened up and our attitudes changed. It changes how you respond to people's questions, how you act.

    In a nutshell, Google Glass blows.
  • by vswee (2040690) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @09:06AM (#43761319) Journal
    I'm not too keen on being recorded. It'd be cool if we all had the display bit though.

    Another reason to stay indoors now - might be filmed by a user and analysed by Google. Frightening.
  • by arth1 (260657) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @11:07AM (#43762133) Homepage Journal

    I'm not too keen on being recorded.

    On the plus side, the erosion of an illusion of privacy in public will accelerate Solarisation. Our homes will eventually become our bastions, which we will rarely leave. There will be no need to, and too many privacy implications if we do.

  • Re: Solarisation? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by arth1 (260657) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @11:30AM (#43762279) Homepage Journal

    The capital S was not unintentional.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solaria [wikipedia.org]

    In short, it's a symbol for a future utopia (or dystopia, depending on who you ask) where isolationism is taken to the extreme, and privacy laws are absolute. What you present to the outside world is what you want to present, and what you want to hide, you have the full right to hide. As long as you stay within the borders of your home and property.

  • Facial recognition (Score:5, Interesting)

    by geirlk (171706) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @11:30AM (#43762281)

    I sense a lot of people will start hiding their facial features to not be recognized by software.

    http://cvdazzle.com/ [cvdazzle.com]

  • Snow Crash (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Misagon (1135) on Saturday May 18, 2013 @07:17PM (#43765119)

    Google Glass-like devices were predicted in Neal Stephenson's 1992 novel Snow Crash [wikipedia.org].
    In the book, the wearers are called "gargoyles".

    Here are a couple quotes from the book that I found online.

    Gargoyles are no fun to talk to. They never finish a sentence. They are adrift in a laser-drawn world, scanning retinas in all directions, doing background checks on everyone within a thousand yards, seeing everything in visual light, infrared, millimeter-wave radar, and ultrasound all at once. You think theyâ(TM)re talking to you, but theyâ(TM)re actually poring over the credit record of some stranger on the other side of the room, or identifying the make and model of airplanes flying overhead. For all he knows, Lagos is standing there measuring the length of Hiroâ(TM)s cock through his trousers while they pretend to make conversation.

    Nothing looks stupider; these getups are the modern-day equivalent of the slide-rule scabbard or the calculator pouch on the belt, marking the user as belonging to a class that is at once above and far below human society.

  • Re:Dorky (Score:5, Interesting)

    by anyaristow (1448609) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @07:19AM (#43767165)

    Hardly a hipster. I'm pretty geeky myself, and even I think GG is dorky. And it's *your* shallowness that keeps you from seeing it.

    GG is dorky because when you are wearing it you are willing to let a piece of non-critical technology come between you and your interaction with real-life people. It tells people that that gadget is more important to you than unobstructed vision and uninterrupted attention.

    When you wear a bluetooth headset as you go about your day, you are telling people that your phone is more important than the use of that ear, or your uninterrupted attention.

    That is, they tell people gadgets are more important to you than people.

    That is dorky.

    Someday there will be a less obstructive, less intrusive, less unfashionable way of doing the things those gadgets do, and there will be ways to discretely use them when needed and render them both inoperable and invisible when not needed. In the meantime it's probably useful that people who are more interested in gadgets than in people provide a market to develop these devices, but right now they are not invisible or nonintrusive enough for normal, social people to not be put off by their presence.

  • Re:Remember (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Hadlock (143607) on Monday May 20, 2013 @02:51AM (#43771745) Homepage Journal

    I use my phone's camera to record unmemorable but unusual things that happen throughout the day. Helps jog my memory.

Life's the same, except for the shoes. - The Cars

 



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