“We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” wrote the Google Glass team on their Google+ page. “So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable to you do.”
Keywords to note there are “could” and “might.”
The Post’s Maura Judkis wonders if the glasses are cool or creepy:
Google’s Project Glass — a pair of augmented-reality glasses that allows you to navigate the Web through your field of vision — has made its online debut, and the overall reaction is: Awesome. I think.
The question mark comes from our collective uncertainty over the “Minority Report”-like implications of a pair of glasses that bring computing closer to your retinas. After the company released a video demonstrating the potential of the glasses for planning your day and navigating a city, hands-free, the “I want that” tweets started to roll in just as quickly as the “Wow, he looks like a cyborg” tweets appeared. We are uncertain about the implications of these Google glasses for our future, but we know for sure they are cool.
Reactions were as follows:
• OMG TOTALLY AWESOME:
While many tech blogs resisted the urge to gush about the glasses, Twitter users demonstrated no such restraint. Neither did Chris Davies of Slashgear, who write: “Project Glass has opened my eyes and my wallet: Google, please, come help yourself to my credit card. The much-rumored wearable augmented reality system has emerged from the Google[x] skunkworks and it’s even more than we hoped for.”...
• Doesn’t this mean that we will see ads all the time now?
Advertisements aren’t shown in the promo video, but one imagines that any Google product will have advertising. Potential customers are wondering how the ads will be integrated into the Project Glass experience. CNET envisions that the glasses will make it easier to sell you things, as local retailers could potentially have coupons for their businesses flash by your glasses as you walk by their stores. Google Coupons, which hasn’t gained much traction yet, will certainly benefit, notes PC World. You could shop online and in stores at the same time. Via Photoshop, one reader imagined the view from the glasses with ads.