Google Glasses Seem Cool, but Voice Control Could Get Out of Hand

Imagine a bunch of people murmuring to themselves in public, each phrase beginning with "OK Glass." That'll be the future if Google has its way.

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“OK Glass, record a video.” Imagine a bunch of people murmuring to themselves in public, each phrase beginning with “OK Glass.” That’ll be the future if Google has its way.

In a new video for its high-tech Google Glass product – think of it like wearing your smartphone on your head and having the screen projected in front of you — the search giant shows off a whole bunch of first-person footage, along with a few of the voice prompts used to get Glass to do your bidding.

I have to admit, it all looks pretty slick – and I’m by no means saying I wouldn’t use something like this once the price drops considerably. But I’m not big on voice commands for everything. I’d rather type quietly, especially while in public. In the technology world, we’ve had several fashionably questionable eras; most recently, cell phones on belt loops and Bluetooth headsets permanently sticking out of people’s ears even when they’re not on a call. The next era might very well be hordes of people walking around with these glasses on, talking to themselves.

Or imagine asking someone for directions and getting the “I’m busy” index finger as they seemingly stare off into the distance. They’ll be watching some video or sending some photo to one of their friends. Don’t interrupt them! The idea, I suppose, is that you should just have these glasses yourself so you won’t need to ask people for directions. Perhaps we’ll see a happy medium where instead of people staring down at their phones like they do now, or talking to themselves constantly to control the glasses, we’ll just stare down at Bluetooth keyboards that are connected to the glasses so we don’t have to say everything out loud.

While it still seems that Google Glass won’t be making it to general consumers in the near-near future, Google’s got a site dedicated to the project up, complete with the above video, an overview of features and how you can buy Google Glass early. Spoiler: You’ll need to plead your case on Google+ or Twitter in 50 words or less, get chosen from a pool of applicants, fork over $1,500 and “attend a special pick-up experience in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.” The deadline is February 27th.

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41 comments
Kulls
Kulls

Wow.. This is just great. I cant wait to have this once It is available in my town. You are right in your article that you ask for directions and you may get a cold shoulder but not many people may do that.  I know it will be long time before the glass will be available.

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whatsupsite0001
whatsupsite0001

I think it's an OK idea, and I look forward to purchasing a pair as soon as their reasonably priced, but the opening commands could be a little different and a bit less stupid. I mean, talking directly to a piece of glass? Just a little weird.

jasonmach
jasonmach

@just1ncred1ble Could also take amateur porn to another level. Haha!

A5MA19
A5MA19

“@TIME: IDEO: Google glasses seem cool, but will voice control go out of control? http://t.co/LbFScd0GV0 (via @Techland)” frikin' awesome!

111DONY
111DONY

ALIENATION @TIME @Techland #GoogleGlasses

Kapil Bhati
Kapil Bhati

Not for me but wld love to see people wearing this and then not paying attention while walking. I foresee interesting videos of people tripping.

Nikki SY
Nikki SY

One thing that might be interesting is seeing all the people who went for laser eye surgery eagerly put on glasses again.

Rui F Ribeiro
Rui F Ribeiro

I´d like something less visible. Maybe in my pocket or under my hair. Otherwise, a big target for mugging.

Logical__Thinker
Logical__Thinker

Highest tech available in past, for connecting and sharing with those outside the range of our voice, used to be the extremely data and speed-limited paper letter.

It allowed a minimum level of interaction, extremely slow response time, and inhibited progress simply by its bare- minimum functionality.

Enough with the paranoia of better tools. Go join the Amish.

Logical__Thinker
Logical__Thinker

1) the glasses size can improve and actually be integrated into regular looking glasses.

2) the voice commands is clearly a current-tech

Elisa Hadi
Elisa Hadi

Probably I would never feel comfortable with anyone wearing those glasses esp. when they're staring at me. Are they looking at me or taking pictures of me and uploading them, or taking vids of me?

Drew Doemling
Drew Doemling

A new and interesting way to make Harlem Shake videos...

David Miles
David Miles

^Only because of people who wear them during transactions and social encounters.

Marty McGuire
Marty McGuire

I think they will go the way of bluetooth earpieces- just not cool to wear.

Deeda Be
Deeda Be

The machines really are gonna take over... We're turning into robots

Juliana Celik
Juliana Celik

I think it is just one additional step towards isolating people, not to mention that it makes us look (if not be) insane! I'd personally Prefer to interact with people, Instead of with an electronic device that tells me everything and anything I need to know (much like smartphones do now). I wouldn't buy it.

Todd Ganser
Todd Ganser

How would it be any worse than people talking on their cellphones 24/7?

teowig
teowig

They already snatching cellphone, now they will be snatching glasses.

sofiicantur
sofiicantur

@anngiee @Techland No lo habias visto?

ggSolutions123
ggSolutions123

voice commands are my cup of tea but NOT in public

Logical__Thinker
Logical__Thinker

oops got cut off there...

the voice commands is clearly a current-tech limitation as far as hands-free.

on the verge of availability is thought control via a few little sensors to measure brainwaves.

At least for basic operations, thought control of the glasses could be used; for more advanced operations voice would still be an option.

No, tech doesn't make us disconnected. You yourself determine whether or not you are connected. Tech offers the opportunity for more extensive connectedness.

ItsLoganGuess
ItsLoganGuess

@Mayer_SwagBear I know. I was like WTF?! Technology nowadays is insane.