Have you heard about Google Glasses?
Believe it or not, Google is set to start selling glasses later this year that allow their wearers to see information on the lenses -- from news stories to video games to advertisements.
Experts believe Google glasses could soon be as prevalent out in public as the Bluetooth and the iPod.
I don't know about you, but it drives me CRAZY to see someone walking around town talking on their Bluetooth phone. Do they not realize that they appear to be talking to THEMSELVES?
And I have mixed feelings about the iPod -- it can work great as a conversation-preventer when I'm at the gym, trying to get my workout on -- but in general, I think it's leading to less community between individuals in public places.
And don't even get me started about smartphones.
Now, we're going to have these glasses to worry about as well!
Google hasn't yet released an image of the glasses, so we don't know what they look like, but I'm betting they won't be very flattering.
And while people in the know say they're not really designed to be worn out on the streets, they also admit that people probably will wear them around town, anyway.
And if these glasses are a success, going incognito might become a thing of the past. This from The New York Times:
In a more serious vein is the almost certain possibility of privacy issues and ubiquitous advertisements. When someone is meeting a person for the first time, for example, Google could hypothetically match the person’s face and tell people how many friends they share in common on social networks.
I'm imagining all sorts of horrible accidents resulting from people wearing their Google glasses while driving or walking down the sidewalk, completely distracted by what they're seeing on their lenses.
I really am worried that a few years from now, we'll ALL be wearing Google glasses wherever we go ... and fashion will effectively be dead.
Really, the best we can hope for at this point is a Google-Kate Spade partnership for upcoming frames.
What do you think of Google Glasses? Will you buy a pair?
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