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    This is not a hoax, my friends. The BBC have reported on it and Google have put it out through official channels.

    So, three questions:

    what do we think?

    who wants a pair?

    how long til there's an open source version?
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    to answer your questions
    1- Woo Hoo!
    2- Hell yes.
    3- Soon I hope..
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    @ nelzbub - Yeah, I like it too.

    I'm surprised how unobtrusive it is. I thought it would be all gaudy layers [has anyone used the AR app 'Layar' (?)] and Google maps over the top of actual roads ensuring that no one ever learns where the hell they are but NO, it looks like it could be quite the opposite.

    Maybe I'm being a luddite about this, would anyone prefer a more Layar-like approach?
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    First off: ohmygodyes.

    Though I'm not sold on the voice interface (it's hard enough to get me to talk to people), I would be more than happy to have it hooked to my phone for controls.

    Knowing Google, there's a reasonable chance they'll be released Open Source out of the box.
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    Agreed with Morac about preferring that it be hooked up to my phone (or other portable interface of some sort), rather than voice activated. I don't want everyone around me hearing what I'm doing with my Future Visor, any more than I want people watching while I use my computer. I already don't use Siri on my phone for that very reason. Other than that, hell yes, I want one.
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
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    I hope they have a solution to the scratched-glasses thing. Maybe an ablative layer that is very cheap to replace once it gets all scuffed up?
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012 edited
    There are some very tough glass products out there these days. My phone has Gorilla glass, and after six months of keeping it unprotected in the same pocket as my keys there is nary a scratch on it. I presume that corrective lenses require higher quality materials, but for other things (such as a glasses-based overlay system) there are some pretty tough options.
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    @ Morac & rough night - Interesting that you don't want a voice interface for those reasons - I don't find that my Google voice commands work very well currently so there's another reason - and I think at 2:06 - 2:09, they offer an alternative: he swipes the side to activate the video sharing.

    Would a gesture interface be preferable?

    In a perfect privacy world, would you allow these glasses to read your thoughts?

    @ Klumaster [great first name btw, I haven't seen you on WC before so 'hello!'] - I think that I'd be buying a serious warranty with these things. they'd have to be made super durable otherwise because I know a lot of people who break and/or lose their glasses 4-6 times a year.
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    ...and then the reality :>

    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012

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    Following on from that parody, I've been checking into the advertising issue: simple answer?

    Yes, it would be a MASSIVE advertising spamfest all day, EVERYDAY.

    However, there are still a few things that are keeping me interested in this tech blurt:

    1) the absolute shitstorm it is causing with the media, techeratti, and the funs
    2) as Morac pointed out, these will be Linux-based thus easily crackable.

    It's the latter of these two that I care more about. My copies of Transmet are not where I am today but from that Google video, I can see that the glasses make calls, take video, photos, and voice-to-text input alongside all the Google specific programs - the first 4 of those alone were enough for Spider [if memory serves] and they're certainly enough for me.

    What I'm getting at here is that, once they're out in the public, these things will be cracked to use without all the unnecessarily wanky stuff that's bound to come with them at launch.

    Early reports suggest they'll cost no more than a low-end smartphone.

    If they could be free from knowing exactly where I am at all points and keeping a record of all my activities then I'd have these in a heartbeat.
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    Is this going to be another thing that, like sunglasses and 3-D glasses, people who actually wear glasses will have to wear over and look/feel like an absolute dork?

    Because I'm not cool with that.
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    yeah if I can get them in prescription form I will but em in a second.

    Oh man, running scheme at the post office with these things just reading the address for me? *drool*
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    Still, it's quite possible that they've got measures in place for this issues listed above and other potential issues, and right now we can only speculate either way. The upshot about making it public? You can bet your ass that they're paying close attention to public reaction, specifically to see what potential problems people think of so that they can start tackling said problems now... ...Even though the solutions may not necessarily be in the wearer's favor. ;)
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    also they should add a button in the top for pictures/recording. How are we gonna properly stalk someone when we have to say 'take picture' right in front of them?
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    Suddenly I see a use for one of these.
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    Wouldn't most people just use these as a secondary display for their smartphone?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    I would pay good money to get them in the shape of Spider's glasses.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    Get these as contact lenses (which I can wear my glasses over) and we've got a deal.

    ...and maybe throw in some heat vision.