Will Google Glasses Kill Fashion?

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FlickrHave 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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nonmember avatar TheSimpleTruth

Might be fun. Who knows.

KenneMaw KenneMaw

Oh dear heavens!!!  Thanks to bluetooth tech, I never know if someone is talking to me or if they are on the phone...now nitwits will be walking around with Google glasses!!!!!    This will be a nightmare on an apocolyptic scale!   People can barely walk and talk or walk and text.!!!!      I guess I will start encouraging my child to be some type of eye doctor.   I can't image having info that close to your eyes would be a good thing.

terab... terabyteme

I WANT! No seriously, I do. But, I agree there will be a sudden upswing in accidents when these things come out. Kind of scary to think about. 

Ima101 Ima101

Techy, futuristic, and a really interesting concept but very dangerous! I can just see a sudden spike in car accidents, hit-and-runs or even personal injuries (falling down stairs, etc) because people aren't paying attention. I also agree with KenneMaw about it not being good for your eyes to have information so close.

Not to mention being able to pull up information on someone on  your first meeting would be kind of creepy, wouldnt it? Other than that it could be a pretty interesting little invention for at-home use or people who lead hectic offic lives or something.

I guess I can see both sides of the argument, but it still kind of strikes me as unsettling. I really don't care about the fashion bit as much as I do the makes-it-easier-to-stalk-someone-or-get-into-an-accident bit.

nonmember avatar Dangerous

I agree with Ima101, this seems extremely dangerous. Of course you're not supposed to text while you drive but people do, so why would people hesitate to use these glasses while driving once they come out? While these glasses are definitely a cool concept I think people would overly abuse them and their use would quickly become dangerous

MsBatman MsBatman

Cells phones weren't meant to be used to text while driving either. 


PonyC... PonyChaser

Ok, am I the only one who is seeing an entire population of Harry Carays??? (Chgo Cubs Sports Announcer for a thousand years. "Ho-ley Cow!!")

Nicho... NicholasMama608

Wow really.  Just what we need ANOTHER distraction while driving for some people.

mandy... mandyhornbuckle

Okay, I'm totally geeking out on this. I know, I know, fashion... but I LOVE the idea of googling faces with your glasses. Might prevent some rapes and murders! I mean, I'm sure driving will be a bad idea but you'd think they could build safeguards into the technology to prevent use during driving. Looking forward to seeing what this is all about!

Erin Perry

When I used to work retail, people on their bluetooth phones was the most annoying thing in the world. Sometimes I would have conversations with them and they weren't talking to me. ONly to the person on the other end of the line.

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