I wasn’t one of the lucky few in the golden circle who were offered the chance to explore Google Glass. At the time I felt so unlucky as I yearned to own an early edition of one of the most groundbreaking wearables of our time.When I learned that Geo Morjane was letting attendees at Pioneers Unplugged Dubai test drive Glass, I was beyond excited – giddy even. I could barely contain myself as I stood in line awaiting my turn to try on the futuristic glasses. Alas, I was up and the rest of the world ceased to exist.
As I slid the glasses onto my face, I was immediately transposed into one of my favorite cartoons of the mid 80’s; an animated television series that revolved around the adventures of a clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective named lnspector Gadget—a human being with various bionic gadgets built into his body. Now I don’t profess to be clumsy or dimwitted but the part about bionic gadgets is what I loved. Geo began to explain how to power on the device and give basic commands. An exaggerated head nod powered them on and the words “Ok Glass” signaled new instructions but with this technological wonder sitting on my face, all I could dream of uttering was Inspector Gadget’s favorite line, “Go, Go, Gadget…”. It didn’t work, but it sure did turn a fantasy into reality for this 80’s baby. I was finally able to experience Google Glass for myself and within ten minutes I had become a member of the cult followers infamously known as “Glassholes”. But, like every groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind gadget, there were Glass critics who charged the gadget with unfounded short comings. Here are the most commonly cited myths about Google Glass that likely killed the chance of version 1.0 becoming a successful consumer product…
Myth No. 1: Google Glass Obstructs Vision
Let’s start with the obvious here – we’re talking about a pair of glasses. Google Glasses resemble standard eye glasses and are lighter and slimmer than previous head-mounted optical displays. Wearers can see through them. The display is a small attachment to the upper corner of the lens. It is not positioned in front of the eye, nor does it obstruct the wearers view of what’s in front of them.
Myth No. 2: Google Glass is Always Recording
Gestures like head nods, swipes down the side of the frames or verbal commands initiate functions. This holds true for video recording as well and anyone within 10 feet of a Glass wearer would be alerted to the initiation of the camera. Once in record mode, the camera only takes 10 seconds of video at a time. Between the obvious camera calls and the time limit on video capture, it’s clear to see that Google Glass was not intended to violate privacy.
Myth No. 3: Google Glass Does Not Look Good
Many who’ve worn Google Glass in public noted feeling self conscious with such a noticeable device on their face. I personally don’t think the device is unattractive; it’s just new and looks highly Sci-Fi. As you would with standard glasses, yu have to get used to wearing them. Moreover, Google has made strategic partnerships to make the already thin, lightweight glasses, more stylish. Google Glass wearers can choose from designer frames from Luxotica, owner of Ray-Ban, Oakley and other brands.
Myth No. 4: Google Glass Contributes to Distracted Driving
This myth couldn’t be farther from the truth. Let’s face it, we’ve all used our smartphones for directions while driving. Whether for three seconds or ten, looking down at the phone is unsafe. Google Glass uses a Head-up Display (HUD) which is a transparent display that presents data without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. During the demo, when I used Google Maps I was able to listen to turn-by-turn directions and when necessary glance up and to the right when I wanted to see the map. Google Glass enables you to see directions and keep the road ahead in your line of vision.
Myth No. 5: Google Glass Costs a Fortune
Price is relative. What’s expensive to some isn’t to others and that has more to do with your value system than your actual budget. Google Glass was offered to the public for $1,500 USD. With popular electronics like the latest televisions, home audio systems and computers selling at or above the same price, Google Glass is not over priced. You just have to decide if owning a cutting edge technological gadget like Google Glass is worth it to you.